The next regular fire commissioner's meeting will be held at 5pm on June 9, at the Kendall Fire Station.
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!
The Summer burn ban has been lifted, however, the Columbia Valley Urban Growth Area's burn ban is always in effect. Fires in the UGA may only be recreational fires, which are restricted to 3 ft diameter, burning campfire wood only.
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!
Current air quality in the Columbia Valley can be found here:
Total Responses: 350
(As of 5/18/15) Total for 2014: 1012 Total for 2013: 887
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!
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.
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