Published Saturday, 3/5/2022, 2145 hours PT

WHATCOM COUNTY — Firefighters from three northern Washington State county fire agencies, Skagit County Fire District 8, Whatcom County Fire District 1 and 16 joined together for some great live-fire training today.

Volunteer Staffing

According to the National Fire Department Registry report via FEMA, there were

Volunteers are invaluable assets for many communities, while they may work for an employer or are self-employed, they take time away from their friends, families, and employers to give back to the citizens in Districts where they train and serve every day.

Train Like Your Life Depends On It

Though training is key to becoming successful when they are needed in times of emergencies for fire suppression, EMS calls, rescue, and many other complex responsibilities a firefighter may be tasked with during an incident – it is important to recognize their dedication to the “job”. They volunteer their time away from their families, friends, and employers.

Photo Credits | Whatcom County Fire District 16

Thank You Firefighters

Do you know a volunteer Firefighter? Thank them for their service, dedication, willingness to train and volunteer in their communities.

Whatcom County Fire District 16

Whatcom County Fire District 16, is made up of 100% volunteers serving the South Fork Valley of the Nooksack River. They serve the communities of Acme, Wickersham, and Van Zandt, Washington. Fire Services provided are EMS, Firefighting, and Rescue. To find out more information about this great fire agency, you can visit their website located at or their Facebook page @WCFD16

Whatcom County Fire District 1

This Fire District is also 100% volunteer-led and driven, which provides fire protection and BLS EMS (Basic Life Services, Emergency Medical Services) to the communities of Everson, Nooksack, Deming, and the Nooksack Indian Tribe, about a 75-square mile area. Several high valued assets sit in these communities which include three elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school in addition to the William’s Pipeline (natural gas from Canada runs to the US) and the Trans-Mountain Pipeline (crude oil from Canada is delivered to petro refineries in the area).

About Skagit County Fire District 8

This third fire agency is also an all-volunteer fire company, which provides services to a 65-square mile to communities south of the Skagit River, east to the town of Hamilton, west to District Line Road with stations in Prairie, Hickson, Punkin Center and Lyman. Their District surrounds the City of Sedro-Wooley. They work closely with a nearby fire agency so they can maximize fire services to their combined populations.

The District is represented by three Fire Commissioners, a Fire Chief, one District Admin Officer, five Station Chiefs.

How to Become a Volunteer Firefighter

The Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association’s website has a lot of informative details on what is a Volunteer Firefighter’s role, tasks, Annual Fire School, resources, and additional important directives.

A video can be viewed in how there is truly an immense need for people like you to become Volunteer Firefighter. Not only have we personally seen how to give back to your community, but some have moved on to become Professional Career Firefighters!

We wish nothing but the best to you or someone you may know who could make a difference in the communities they work/play/live in every day. What a perfect opportunity to impact another life, including your own.

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