North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) responded to 2,827 calls through November 2012.
Almost 75 percent of those calls were for emergency medical assistance; 6 percent of the calls were for fires. The remaining 19 percent of calls were for false alarms, public assists and hazardous conditions.
The fire prevention office coordinated commercial business inspections and fire safety education programs for children in area schools and day care centers.
The district also participated in multiple community events and fundraisers such as Birch Bay Discovery Days, NWFR Open House, the Stafholdt Good Samaritan Giving Tree program, Project Santa, Haulin Axe, Home Depot Safety Fair, Lynden Safety Fair and assisted with the Community Assistance Progam’s Thanksgiving basket giveaway.
The NWFR board of fire commissioners hired new fire chief Ron Anderson, who officially started his position on May 1.
NWFR has improved the city of Blaine’s fire rating from six to four effective December 1, potentially lowering residents’ fire insurance premiums.
NWFR continues a successful consolidation with District 4 with the hopes of a merger in the near future.
NWFR has joined the social media trend, launching its Facebook page on October 23, allowing the community access to current advantageous information.
NWFR currently has 136 members including administrative staff, mechanics, and career and volunteer firefighters. One career firefighter was hired in 2012.
NWFR and the city of Bellingham fire department signed an auto aid response agreement for the King Mountain area allowing for a quicker first response.
NWFR would also like to thank the community for their continued support of fire and medical emergency services.
A review of the district would not be complete without special recognition of the dedicated volunteers who serve throughout the district. NWFR is grateful for their continued commitment and service.
Chief Ron Anderson
North Whatcom Fire and Rescue