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October is National Fire Prevention Month

DEDICATION | COURAGE | HONOR Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Presented by the Lynden Tribune & Ferndale Record


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Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Ferndale Record

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From Glacier to Burning Man Ben Thompson, WCFD 19 fire chief, looks back on 40 years with Glacier Fire & Rescue By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com

GLACIER — Running a fire department in a place as remote and rural as Glacier comes with a unique set of challenges, and Ben Thompson has been there through almost all of them. Thompson didn’t volunteer exactly from the start of Whatcom County Fire Protection District 19 Station 96 in 1976, but he did help build the fire hall. He worked as a carpenter back then when the department was formed and the local improvement district installed fire hydrants. The station was created in 1976 or 1977, Thompson said, and he started there in 1978.

Originally from Portland, Thompson, now the station’s chief, first found his way up the Mt. Baker Highway to Glacier on alpine mountaineering trips. “I came up here to go climbing, and I went back into the Pickets (Range of the North Cascades),” Thompson said. “I came out and stopped in at the little bar at Graham’s and wound up marrying the waitress. And we stayed here.” Thompson is set to retire next year; he said he wanted to make it to 40 years before hanging up his helmet. In those 40 years, Thompson has seen the world of firefighting change in a variety of ways, and the fire station at Glacier has had to evolve through all of them. “We are, by area, I think, the smallest fire district in the county,” he said. “But our service area is the largest in the county.” The population is growing in and around Glacier, and the lifestyles of the people living there don’t always mesh well with be-

During his 40 years with Glacier Fire & Rescue, the station has converted to an all-diesel fleet of vehicles. (Brent Lindquist/ Lynden Tribune)

Ben Thompson points out Glacer Fire & Rescue's coverage area on, and off, the map in the fire hall. (Brent Lindquist/Lynden Tribune) ing a volunteer firefighter. “We need to provide some form of incentive because the people who live in the mountains play in the mountains,” Thompson said. “That’s why they’re here. They’re either skiing or snowmobiling or mountain biking or into whitewater, or doing some form of climbing, whether it’s actual alpine mountaineering or rock-climbing of some kind. They tend to be, when they’re not working, out engaged in some activity. We need to recognize that and look into ways to keep them engaged with training and keep them engaged with a sense of community service, and then also to hopefully provide them with a small financial incentive.” The department seeks to provide such incentive via a property-tax levy increase set to appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. If approved, the

levy rate would increase from its current $0.53 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $0.84 per $1,000. The levy will help provide some small compensation for volunteers in order to keep them around to respond to calls when they might otherwise not be available to do so. Keeping volunteers around and keeping them trained are both important tasks for the department, especially with the east-county’s growing population of both residents and visitors each year. “We have to keep people well-trained to meet the requirements and obligations, and you have to properly serve your community. It’s not just, ‘Hey let’s hang around the fire house and run out when the bell goes off.’ Most of what we do is medical and rescue, related to motor vehicle accidents on the high-

way. The community is getting more densely populated.” Even at 84 cents, the Glacier levy would be far lower than others around Whatcom County. Thompson said most fire departments are running levies around $1.20 per $1,000. The low levy amount means a great deal of frugality. “Financially, we’ve been very frugal,” Thompson said. “We put a third of our revenue into reserves every year, and we make capital purchases with cash. We’ve got a good fleet of vehicles, and we keep the fire hall in good shape. We spend as much money as we can afford on training and equipping the volunteers. Our basic drive here is that volunteers can safely deploy and use the resources of the fire department to aid the community.” See Glacier on C3


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Thompson said Fire District 19 gets a lot of help from Fire District 14 based in Kendall. “We have great mutual-aid partners in District 14,” he said. As he plans for his retirement from the station next year, there’s a lot that Thompson looks back on fondly. He helped write a large portion of what has been adopted as the Whatcom Medic One program, along with Tom Fields, former North Whatcom Fire and Rescue chief. Working in the fire service has taken him to some decidedly strange places as well. In the summer of 1999, when he was between construction jobs, Thompson visited Burning Man, the eclectic cultural event that takes place each year in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. People come from all over the world to take part in the annual creation of a temporary city that serves as the setting of an experiment in community and art. While walking one night, he bumped into a fire truck and subsequently learned that a fire department was in place at the event. The late Neil Carlberg encouraged Thompson to join the fire department, and he did so. That experience has led to many different personal connections across the country, some of whom Thompson has brought up to Whatcom County to lead trainings. He is now uniquely set up to lead trainings in nontraditional applications of incident management systems, as Burning Man is about as nontraditional as you can get. Thompson said he has enjoyed the experience of working out of Glacier Fire & Rescue, and that he has enjoyed seeing the department evolve over the years.    “To be able to be in the fire department and to be able to serve your community is a great reward,” he said. “I’m really proud of the fact that I’ve been able to be here so long and see this department grow.”

Kate Limbaugh (left) and Kat Stewart have moved to full-time employment with the Lynden Fire Department after volunteering out of Lynden and Ferndale, respectively. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)

Two new career firefighters at Lynden station Limbaugh and Stewart began permanent roles Sept. 17 By Ashley Hiruko ashley@lyndentribune.com

LYNDEN — Kate Limbaugh and Kat Stewart are stepping into lasting roles with the Lynden Fire Department. Both previously served in volunteer firefighter positions in Whatcom County. These new appointments mean full-time employment for both. Kat Stewart Katherine Stewart grew up in Clear Lake, Washington, and relocated to Whatcom to attend Bellingham Technical College. Her firefighting experience

began as work for the National Park Service, doing maintenance and eventually wildland firefighting. “It made me feel pretty good when you had isolated a fire so that it saved someone’s ranch, somebody’s home,” Stewart said. “People were so grateful for that.” Stewart then worked as a machinist for BP for eight years. After she took a hiatus to raise her family, she decided her return to the workforce would mean going back to firefighting. She did this as a volunteer for Whatcom County Fire District 7 in the Ferndale area, starting in 2015.    “I decided since I had wanted to do this kind of work to just go ahead and see if can get back into it through volunteering. Through volunteering I realized I couldn’t live without this job — I had to do it,” she said. It was the community involvement facet, as well as the daily problem solving, that cre-

ated her fondness for the work, she said. “It’s very challenging and I like that aspect of it,” Stewart said. “I don’t mind getting dirty and getting outside and being athletic. I thought it was the absolute perfect career for me.” Kate Limbaugh Limbaugh’s path to the fire force was sparked when she volunteered to be a patient for a search-and-rescue training. She enjoyed the atmosphere, she said, and when she relocated to Lynden from El Paso, Texas, she learned of the volunteer firefighter opportunities. When the application period for volunteering opened in 2016, she applied. She was selected and this year she was made fulltime and left her job in the field of sales. She also has prior experience as a corporate pilot. “I really wanted to take my skills to the next level and do

more in the community,” Limbaugh said on her transition to full-time. “I felt like I had more to give.” She enjoys the camaraderie of her fire-house family. “We’re a really tight-knit family down here,” she said. Limbaugh recalls that when she first began volunteering in Lynden, she learned that she too had a place at the department. “I remember being a brandnew volunteer coming in here, looking at my captain and thinking ‘Wow, how am I ever going to be able to do what you do?’” Limbaugh said. But her worries were put to ease. She was told that everyone has a purpose in the station. “Together we make a great team,” she was told. “It put me at ease and was a great example at how everyone is an asset … and how welcoming of a family we really are,” she said.


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Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Ferndale Record

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Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018| Ferndale Record

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Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Ferndale Record

GLACIER FIRE DEPT.

BEN THOMPSON

JIM MILLSON

BRIAN KENNEDY

ANDY SAHLFELD

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ANDY HATFIELD

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Fire Chief / Firefighter / EMT 39 Years

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FIRE DISTRICT 7 Ferndale

MIKE MURPHY

ERIC GRANT

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Commissioner 33 Years

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LARRY HOFFMAN

Commissioner 0.5 Year

Finance Administrator 20 Years

Chief 32 Years

HOLLY LINVILLE

Operations Division Assistant 11 Years

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Assistant Chief 24 Years

Operations Captain 43 Years

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Administrative Assistant 2.5 Years

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Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Ferndale Record

FIRE DISTRICT 7 Ferndale

GARY RUSSELL

ROB LOVELACE

JEFF HENDRICKS

MATT CAGLE

GARY QUINTRALL

ROD BUSS

CHARLIE DRURY

MICHAEL GUSTAFSON Lieutenant 14 Years

Firefighter/ Paramedic 27 Years

Firefighter / Paramedic 19 Years

BEN RUSSELL

TIFFENE HANSON

CHRISTOPHER CARLETON

JONATHAN OLIVEIRA

MATHEW ERICKSON

DREW DAVISON

DANIEL WELK

SCOTT PAINTER

TYLER BRADY

PETE HOLEMAN

BRAD HARRIS

Fire Plan Technical Review Official • 46 Years

Lieutenant 22 Years

Firefighter / Paramedic 16 Years

JOSH SERFACE

Firefighter / Paramedic 5 Years

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Firefighter / Paramedic 14 Years

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Lieutenant 18 Years

Firefighter / Paramedic 8 Years

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Lieutenant 23 Years

Firefighter / Paramedic 8 Years

Firefighter / Paramedic 2.5 Years

JOHN DEVENERE Lieutenant 23 Years

SHON SMITH

Firefighter / Paramedic 7 Years

Firefighter / EMT 25 Years

DAVE FORBES Lieutenant 22 Years

JEFF SLUYS

Firefighter / Paramedic 5 Years

Firefighter / EMT 21 Years


Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018| Ferndale Record

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FIRE DISTRICT 7 Ferndale

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SCOTT RUBRIGHT

JARED SPOELSTRA

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JEFF WATSON

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RYAN PAVITT

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LARRY NELSON

PETER SMITH

MATTHEW SWEET

ANTHONY ZANIN

TROY PATRICK

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NICK KARSTETTER

Firefighter / EMT 21 Years

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Firefighter / EMT 8 Years

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Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Ferndale Record

FIRE DISTRICT 7 Ferndale

BRAD ROTHAUSEN

BRIAN MOYES

ERICH ROTHAUSEN

GARY SCHULZ Volunteer FF/EMT 18 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 16 Years

TIM RYBKA

BRANDON TAYLOR

CHRIS DAMITIO

SHANE ROAT

RYAN CHRISTIE

DUSTIN WHEELIS

JACOB ANDERSON

MARCUS PETRIE

PETER RULE

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TIFFANY MOYES

GALINA DATSKAYA

TAYLOR WALTON

DELANIE WARNE

STEVE QUINSEY

MATTHEW ROGERSON

JOSH STEVENS

COLE ISAACSON

JANICE LAPSANSKY

KATHERINE STEWART

Volunteer FF/EMT 33 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 13 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 7 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 3 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 32 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 13 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 5 Years

Volunteer FF / EMT 3 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 21 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 8 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 5 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 3 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 8 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 4 Years

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Volunteer FF/EMT 7 Years

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Volunteer FF/EMT 14 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 7 Years

Volunteer FF / EMT 4 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 3 Years


Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018| Ferndale Record

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FIRE DISTRICT 7 Ferndale

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NOT PICTURED VOLUNTEERS SERGEY BASANTSEV

BEN JOHNSON

LOGAN LOCKER

OLEG BOYKO

NADYA ZELENSKAYA

MIKEL RATHJEN

OMEGA JOHNSON

BOGDAN TRUBNIKOV

RICHARD ROSENBERGER

TAIGH CAGLE

TRACY CSANYI

KAILEE ZANIN

GARETH MOORE

JACOB HAMM

EDWIN NIEVES-APONTE

Volunteer FF / EMT 6 Years

NIKKI AYERS

Resident FF 5 Years

JAZ GILL

Volunteer FF/EMT 2 Years

Volunteer FF/EMT 2 Years

Volunteer FF/ EMT 4 Years

Volunteer FF / EMT 2 Years

Resident FF 2.5 Years

Volunteer FF 3.5 Years

Resident FF 4 Years

Volunteer FF 2 Years

Resident FF 2.5 Years

Volunteer FF / EMT 2 Years

Volunteer FF / EMT 2 Years

Volunteer FF / EMT 3.5 Years

ANDREW WILEY

Volunteer FF / EMT 2 Years

Volunteer FF / EMT 2 Years

Resident FF 2 Years

Student Resident 2 Years

DONOVAN CAMPEAU Resident FF 2 Years

NOT PICTURED SUPPORT DIVISION JOE OLIVAREZ

BRIAN SWEET

FRANK LAPSANSKY

KELLY CARROLL

DON ROOSMA

DAVID FOSS

STEVE JOHNSON

PAUL KLINEMAN

Support Division 30 Years

JIM LAVEILLE Support Division 23 Years

JAMES WASCISIN Support Division 21 Years

DONALD LUDWIGSEN

Support Division 21 Years

Support Division 17 Years

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Support Division 2 Years

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Support Division 15 Years

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SERGEY DATSKIY

GAVIN BURCHARD

VADIM KOVALENKO

HUNTER CAMBRIDGE

ANDREW ELIZAVETSKY

CARSON MOYES

Cadet 4 Years

Cadet 2 Years

Cadet 1 Year

Cadet 1 Year

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Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Ferndale Record

OCTOBER IS

MONTH When every seco nd co unts

DIAL 911

When yo u should

use 911

All fire emergencies. When you need any type of law enforcement assistance. When you or someone else needs immediate medical aid.

When you should

not use 911

For routine business calls or inquiries about Fire, Medical or Law Enforcement matters. When you have non-emergency business such as: Billing information for ambulance service that you have received. How to obtain burning permits For general inquiries or follow-up information regarding law enforcement matters that have already been reported.

Ho w do I use 911? Remain calm. Dial 9-1-1. Give the dispatcher the following information: What is the emergency? Where is the emergency? Also, if possible, the closest street intersection. The Fire District you are located in, if it is a fire or medical emergency. Your Name and Address! The Phone Number from which you are calling.

THESE organizationS salute all Whatcom County Districts and thank all volunteer firefighters for their years of professional and dedicated service.


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Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018| Ferndale Record

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FIRE DISTRICT 11 Lummi Island WENDELL TERRY

ED SCOTT Commissioner 8 Years

Commissioner 4 Years

JOHN MULHERN

GARY POOLE

CHRIS IMMER

SAM BOWMAN

ROBERT SORENSEN Firefighter/EMT 8 Years

Firefighter/Paramedic 5 Years

ALISSA DASCHBACH

BRIAN THOMPSON

Commissioner 11 Years

Captain 26 Years

Firefighter/EMT 9 Years

Firefighter/EMT 3 Years

Captain 14 Years

Firefighter/EMT 3 Years

BILL LEE

JOHN GRANGER

DUNCAN MCLANE

MICHAEL LISH

EMS Div. Chief 41 Years

Fire Chief 29 Years

Assistant Chief 14 Years

Firefighter/EMT 10 Years

Firefighter/EMT 10 Years

LISA LISH

JETTE BAKER

ROBERT AULD

DAN OHMS

DOUG CASH

CARA BLAKE

BRITTANY SWAEN

GABEL BREDY

OWEN MOLES

Firefighter 1 Year

Firefighter/EMT 5 Years

Cadet 2 Years

Firefighter/EMT 10 Years

Firefighter/EMT 5 Years

Firefighter/EMT 9 Years

Firefighter/EMT 4 Years


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Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Ferndale Record

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FIRE DISTRICT 14 Welcome

DENISE CHRISTENSEN

ALLEN KORANDA

Battalion Chief Firefighter / EMT 35 Years

Captain / Firefighter / EMT 24 Years

OLIVIA PIEHLER

SARAH SILVAS

Firefighter / EMT 5 Years

Firefighter / EMT 5 Years

JAMES HENTERLY

KURT SCHMIDT

Captain / Firefighter / EMT 16 Years

LieutinentFirefighter / EMT 14 Years

BRETTON SILVAS

JACOB KORANDA

Firefighter / 1st Resp. 4 Years

Firefighter / 1st Resp. 4 Years

ROBROY GRAHAM Commissioner 30 Years

BRIAN BLACK

Firefighter / 1st Resp. 1 Year

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher


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Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, October 3, 2018| Ferndale Record

FIRE DISTRICT 14 Kendall

FRANK CAIN JR.

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Battalion Chief / Firefighter / EMT 25 Years

Captain / Firefighter / 1st Resp. 35 Years

DAN WILLIAMSON

ANNAMARIE MAXWELL

BRIAN SCOTT GILLIS

BILL HOLLIBAUGH

ANDREY PAVLOVICH VETKOV

MONICA LUNA RAMOS

LINDSAY GATES

Firefighter / EMT • 9 Years

Firefighter / 1st Resp. 7 Years

Firefighter / EMT 5 Years

Firefighter / 1st Resp. 5 Years

YELENA SAVCHUK

KENDRA HOLLIBAUGH

HEATHER OLSON

ROMAN VETKOV

DAVID CORDES

KRISTA ROBINSON

VADIM KOTSYUBA

LEONARD BJORNSTAD

Firefighter/1st Resp. 20 Years

Firefighter / EMT 5 Years

Firefighter / 1st Resp. 2 Years

Firefighter / EMT 5 Years

Firefighter / 1st Resp. 1 Year

Captain / Firefighter / EMT 25 Years

Firefighter / EMT 5 Years

Commissioner 5 Years

Captain / Firefighter / EMT 13 Years

Firefighter / EMT 4 Years

JO OLSON

District Secretary 6 Years

JONATHAN OLSON Captain / Firefighter / EMT 8 Years

JACOB JOYCE

Firefighter / 1st Resp. 13 Years


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FIRE DISTRICT 14 Sumas

JERRY DEBRUIN

District Chief / Firefighter / EMT • 32 Years

ROGER DEBRUIN

JAY VAN MIDDENDORP

Battalion Chief / Firefighter / EMT • 15 Years

CHARLIE PATTERSON Captain / Firefighter / 1st Resp. 47 Years

DOUG HOLT

DAVE WALSER

Captain / Firefighter / EMT 36 Years

Captain / Firefighter / EMT 22 Years

Firefighter / EMT 32 Years

Firefighter / 1st Resp. 31 Years

Commissioner / Firefighter / EMT 29 Years

CHRIS MOE

LISA DEKOSTER Firefighter / EMT 20 Years

Captain / Firefighter / EMT 16 Years

DANIEL DEBRUIN

NATHAN DEBRUIN

JON MOE

DMITRIY VETKOV

ADRIAN VREUGDENHIL

JACOB SCOTT WILLIAMS

WILL MORGAN

MARINA VREUGDENHIL

Firefighter / EMT • 9 Years

Firefighter / EMT 6 Years

KYLE CHRISTENSEN

TYLER VAN MIDDENDORP

ELISSA VREUGDENHIL

Firefighter / EMT 11 Years

RUSSELL VREUGDENHIL Firefighter / EMT 6 Years

BILL DEBRUIN

DAVID MOE

District Training Lieutenant/ Firefighter/ EMT • 13 Years

Firefighter / 1st Resp. 10 Years

JESSE HOFMAN Firefighter / EMT 5 Years

Firefighter / EMT 9 Years

AMANDA DEBRUIN Firefighter / EMT 5 Years

Firefighter / 1st Responder 4 Years

Firefighter / EMT 4 Years

Firefighter / 1st Resp. 15 Years

Firefighter/EMT 6 Years

Firefighter / EMT 3 Years


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Local Firefighters

FIRE DISTRICT 14 Sumas

NICK SCHEFFER

SEBASTIAN DEBONT

AARON LEYENHORST

MARIA BROMMER

Firefighter / EMT 3 Years

Firefighter / EMT 3 Years

Firefighter / 1st Responder 1 Year

Firefighter / 1st Responder 1 Year

DWIGHT WORDEN Firefighter / EMT 3 Years

LEAH VANMIDDENDORP

ZACH NEUFELD

LISA HOFMAN

ROBYN VANWINGERDEN

ZACH DANIELS

Firefighter / 1st Responder 1 Year

Firefighter / 1st Responder 2 Years

Firefighter / 1st Responder 1 Year

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Firefighter / 1st Responder 1 Year

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Firefighter / 1st Responder 1 Year

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FIRE DISTRICT 16

HANK MALENG EMT / Fire Chief 26 Years

EMT / Div. Chief 22 Years

EMT / Paramedic / Assistant Chief 18 Years

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EMT / Captain 16 Years

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Local Firefighters

FIRE DISTRICT 16

ROBERT FOX

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Firefighter 8 Years

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FIRE DISTRICT 17 Sandy Point JIM PETRIE Fire Chief 40 Years

Assistant Chief/Medical Services 30 Years

DAWN CANNIZZARO

MIKE FAHEY

STEVE STEDMAN

DONALD KINLEY

VAL KLEPAC

DYLAN FAHEY

MARCIA STEDMAN

ALEX STEDMAN

PHYLLIS BERGQUIST

ERIC BATTLES

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ROBERT HOWERY

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OMEGA JOHNSON

GEORGE STEDMAN

TONY TURNER

GENO KELLEY

BRADY LAVEILLE

DANNY LOFTIN

MICHELLE LANDIS

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JIM TAXDAHL

SUSAN GARLOCK

Firefighter 7 Years

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Firefighter 7 Years

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NILS LANDIS Firefighter New Recruit

Captain 14 Years

Firefighter 5 Years

Firefighter 1 Year

RYAN PINNELL Firefighter New Recruit

Captain 11 Years

Firefighter 3 Years

Firefighter 1 Year

Fire Commissioner 4 Years

Captain 3 Years

Firefighter 3 Years

Firefighter 1 Year

Fire Commissioner 3 Years

Firefighter 14 Years

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Fire Commissioner 2 Years

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FIRE DISTRICT 21 North Whatcom Fire & Rescue

WILLIAM PERNETT

HENRY HOLLANDER

JOE NOONCHESTER

RAY DAVIDSON

MIKE SCHMIDT

SHAUN WARD

JON AHRENHOLZ

KRIS JORGENSEN

KEVIN BIERY

JOEL NIELSEN

KEITH ZYLSTRA

LESLEE SMITH

MIKE NELSON

BURR MCPHAIL

ADAM SMITH

JASON VANDERVEEN

TONY ESSER

STEFEN PAIGE

DJ RIEHL

JEFF HOFSTAD

BENITA WILLIAMS

KERSTIN PARKS

JENNIE SAND

MARCIA DICKINSON

Fire Chief 4 Years

Captain 10 Years

Lieutenant 20 Years

Lieutenant 11 Years

Division Chief 25 Years

Training Captain 10 Years

Lieutenant 15 Years

Lieutenant 8 Years

Assistant Chief 8 Years

Lieutenant 28 Years

Lieutenant 12 Years

Administrative 14 Years

Captain 27 Years

Lieutenant 28 Years

Lieutenant 11 Years

Administrative 11 Years

Captain 27 Years

Lieutenant 26 Years

Lieutenant 11 Years

Administrative 9 Years

Captain 11 Years

Lieutenant 21 Years

Lieutenant 11 Years

Administrative 3 Years


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FIRE DISTRICT 21 North Whatcom Fire & Rescue

Local Firefighters

RICH BOSMAN

LARRY MCPHAIL

DEAN BERKELEY

MARY BETH NEAL

HARRY ANDREWS

JOHN CRAWFORD

BRUCE ANSELL

CHUCK SHIPP

MIKE ROSS

ROBERT MULROONEY

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BLAKE SCOTT

DANNY JENSEN

RUSS BRISKIN

SCOTT BROWN

KENNY CUNNINGHAM

JASON DONNELLY

MARK WOHLRAB

KALEB BRUCH

Commissioner 16 Years

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Firefighter 11 Years

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Firefighter 11 Years

Commissioner 4 Years

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Firefighter 11 Years

District 4 Commissioner 10 Years

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District 4 Commissioner 8 Years

Firefighter 14 Years

Firefighter 11 Years

Firefighter 11 Years

Commissioner 3 Years

Firefighter 14 Years

Firefighter 11 Years

Firefighter 10 Years


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FIRE DISTRICT 21 North Whatcom Fire & Rescue

JOHN GELEYNSE

DARREN BRUYA

DAVID COMP

ZACHARY SCOTT

JEFF HALEY

HALEY URLING-EHINGER

DAVID HANCOCK

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SEAN ROBERTS

STEVEN LATHAM

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FIRE DISTRICT 21 North Whatcom Fire & Rescue

LANE RENSKERS Volunteer Firefighter 19 Years

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SABRINA OOMS Volunteer Firefighter 16 Years

Volunteer Firefighter 9 Years

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Volunteer Support 35 Years

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Volunteer Support 30 Years

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FIRE DISTRICT 21 North Whatcom Fire & Rescue

BRIAN BOTTA PILLO Volunteer Support 8 Years

SHAWN ATWOOD Volunteer Support 8 Years

MALCOLM SIMSHAUSER Volunteer Support 8 Years

DAVID VARIVODA Volunteer Support 7 Years

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Volunteer Support 4 Years

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Volunteer Recruit Firefighter 1 Year

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JOHN LOVATT

Rehab Volunteer 1 Year

KYLE WHEELER Volunteer 1 Month

ANNA MELILLO

District 4 Fire Commissioner 9 Months

Mechanic 10 Years

A huge thank you to all of the men and women who keep us safe each and every day.


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A Salute to Our Local Firefighters- Fire Prevention 2018  

Honoring the men and women who help keep our community safe

A Salute to Our Local Firefighters- Fire Prevention 2018  

Honoring the men and women who help keep our community safe

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