The next fire commissioner's meeting will be held at 7:00pm on March 11, 2014, at the Kendall Fire Station.
We will soon be having safety talks with the community. Along with the NW Clean Air Agency, and other local groups, we will be talking about indoor burning, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, visible addresses, and File of Life magnets. Look for us out in the community!
We will be providing community CPR classes on February 19 and March 12 at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center. Call the Resource Center at (360) 599-3944 to sign up! Walk-ins will also be gladly accepted!
The summer burn ban has been lifted. However, it is ALWAYS illegal to burn garbage and other construction debris. Burn permits are issued through the Whatcom County Fire Marshal's office. As always, burning in the Columbia Valley Urban Growth Area is restricted to recreational campfires only. A map of the Columbia Valley UGA is available 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!
Current air quality in the Columbia Valley can be found here:
Total Responses: 168
(As of 3/3/14) Total for 2013: 887 Total for 2012: 813
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.
A BIG thank you to Chief Joe Hemmerich for his 25 years of service! We will certainly miss his wisdom and experience!
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