EMS Levy FAQ
Whatcom County Council passed an ordinance placing a 6-year, 29.5-cent EMS levy before the voters in November, 2016. This levy would fully fund Whatcom Medic One
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions pamphlet here to learn more about why this levy is important to the future of Advanced Life Support (ALS) service in Whatcom County.
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.
Total Responses: 670
(As of 7/26/16)
Total for 2015: 1137
Total for 2014: 1012
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
The Whatcom County burn ban is at STAGE I.
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.
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://nwcleanairwa.gov/
Current air quality in the Columbia Valley can be found here:
Whatcom County Fire District 14
The next regular fire commissioner's meeting will be held at 5pm on August 9 at the Kendall Fire Station.