Public Notices:
The next regular fire commissioner's meeting will be held at 5pm on March 8 at the Kendall Fire Station.
Babysitter's Class: February 25 and March 3, 5pm at the Kendall Fire Station
Community CPR Class: February 25, 7pm at the E. Whatcom Resource Center
Sign up for classes here!

Woodshed Program



Whatcom County Fire District 14 has partnered with the Northwest Clean Air Agency & Community Members to help reduce wood smoke. Our newest effort is to provide free woodsheds to the Columbia Valley Urban Growth Area.

For the past two years, the Columbia Valley Clean Air Committee have been assisting residents with education on burning their wood stoves more efficiently, which also cuts down on wood smoke in the area. One of the problems we often saw was that people had no way to keep their fire wood dry, and were burning wood that had far too much moisture. This significantly increases the amount of wood smoke produced, and also increases the amount of wood required to heat your home!

To remedy the problem, committee member Phil Cloward organized for the Clean Air Agency to donate materials to the Nooksack and Mt. Baker High School wood shops, who then built the wood sheds. Firefighters began the first deliveries of the sheds in mid December.

If you would like a wood shed, and to see if you qualify, please click here to use the online form!
 
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Whatcom County Fire District 14 has partnered with Kelley Insurance and the American Red Cross to provide smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to our community free of charge.

Our firefighters have paired with volunteers from the American Red Cross and Kelley Insurance, going door to door to ensure our neighbors have these life saving devices installed in their homes. So far, we have installed over 200 smoke detectors!

If you would like us to install one in your home, give us a call at (360) 599-2823!


If you do have smoke detectors in your home, please test them regularly, and replace the batteries annually!
Outdoor Burning
The Whatcom County burn ban is OFF. Please note that the Columbia Valley Urban Growth Area is restricted to recreational  fires ONLY.

Recreational Campfires must comply with the following:

  • Recreational fires consist only of charcoal or firewood and are used for cooking or pleasure.
  • The fire is in an enclosure no larger than 3 feet across.
  • The enclosure must be a minimum of 16 inches high and made of cement block, stones or #10 gauge steel.
  • Materials being burned must be kept lower than the sidewalls of the enclosure.
  • A charged garden hose or 2 five-gallon buckets of water must be on site.
  • A shovel or rake must be on site.
  • The fire must be 25 feet from any standing timber, structures, or combustible materials.
  • Tree branches must be cleared to the height of 15 feet above the enclosure.
  • One person age 16 or older who is capable of putting the fire out must be in attendance at all times.
  • The fire must be contained within a firebreak (bare ground).
  • The Landowner's permission must be obtained if not on your property.
Increased Rating from WSRB

The Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau is charged with rating fire departments based on water supply, available personnel, training, and a great number of other factors. Locations are given a rating from 10 to 1, with 10 being the least protected. This rating helps insurance companies set the rates they charge customers for fire insurance.

In a recent evaluation of District 14, the Bureau has increased our rating from a 8 to a 7 in our unincorporated areas, and from a 6 to a 5 in the City of Sumas. Thank you to all our volunteers that help make this possible!

Thank You Voters!

On
behalf of the Commissioners, our Chiefs, and the firefighters, thank you to all the voters that voted yes on our levy increase.

The increase will allow us to remodel the Kendall Station to have the ability to house firefighters through the night. The goal is to establish a resident firefighter program in the future.

Thanks again!

Updated Capital Facilities Plan

Our Capital Facilities Plan has been updated. The updated version can be found here.
Wood Smoke Pollution

Often in the fall and winter, we can get into a weather pattern that makes the air stagnate over the Columbia Valley. During this time, the smoke from chimneys can stay in the area, giving us some of the worst air conditions in Whatcom County!

Because of this, it is very important that everyone burn only seasoned fire wood in their wood stoves and fireplaces. Every little bit helps!

For more information, please visit the NW Clean Air Agency's website: http://www.nwcleanair.org

Current air quality in the Columbia Valley can be found here:

District Responses


Total Responses: 132
(As of 2/11/16)

Total for 2015: 1137
Total for 2014: 1012
Total for 2013: 887

 Click for complete 2015 incident statistics

Nearly 80% of our calls are medical emergencies. The remaining calls are a mixture of structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, illegal burns, public assistance calls, and a variety of other incidents.

Wildland Fire Safety

Is your home wildland fire defensible? Even here in the Pacific Northwest, wildfires are a very real threat. Small things, like keeping your yard trimmed and clean make a huge difference!

 Go to www.firewise.org
for more information.


Notice of Privacy Practices

Whatcom County Fire District 14 takes your personal information very seriously. Personal information we collect while providing emergency medical services is subject to the Federal HIPPA rules. Our privacy practices for how we use your information can be found
here.