2009 in Review - North Whatcom Fire & Rescue

Published on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 by Tom Fields, NWFR Chief

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North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) responded to 2, 237 calls through November, 230 more than this same time last year. 78 percent of those calls were for emergency medical assistance; 6 percent of the calls were for fires.  The remaining 16 percent of calls were for false alarms, public assists and hazardous conditions.

The Fire Marshal’s office coordinated 267 commercial business inspections, and fire safety education programs for over 1,400 children in area schools and day cares.

Chief Fields was awarded the Washington Fire Chief’s Association 2009 Fire Chief of the Year Award. Chief Fields was nominated for the award for operational changes that resulted from his leadership at NWFR, his involvement in concurrency and growth management issues in Washington State, and his strong advocacy for mergers and operational cooperation in the fire service. 

NWFR purchased three new fire engines and one ladder truck.  Expected delivery of the ladder truck is December, while the engines are expected early in 2010.

A grant from Washington State Department of Health Trauma Care allowed the district to purchase a new automated electronic defibrillator unit, ensuring that all vehicles are equipped to deal with all types of medical emergencies.

NWFR adopted their capital facilities plan and submitted it to Whatcom County for review and inclusion in the county comprehensive plan. In the general election held in November, the public voted to go to a five member commissioner board. 

Fire Commissioner Butch Hinchey resigned his position effective October 15. NWFR would like to thank him for his years of valuable contribution and dedicated service.

NWFR would also like to thank the community for their continued support of fire and medical emergency services. A special thank you to the dedicated volunteers that serve throughout the fire district.  NWFR is grateful for your continued commitment and service.