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North Whatcom Fire and Rescue

  • Contact Information

    North Whatcom Fire and Rescue
    4142 Britton Loop Road
    Bellingham, Washington 98226
    Phone: (360) 318-9933
    Department Website

Agency Added: 05/11/2017 | Last updated: 06/14/2017

Community Information

Whatcom County lies in the furthest northwest corner of both the State of Washington and the continental United States. It is bounded on the north by the Canadian border, on the east by Okanogan County, on the south by Skagit County and on the west by the Strait of Georgia and Bellingham Bay. These borders enclose large parts of the Mount Baker National Forest and the North Cascades National Park, which comprise about two/thirds of Whatcom County's total area. All but a few residents live in the western third of the county. Other cities include Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksak, and Sumas. The communities of Whatcom County reflect the region's geographical diversity, rich natural resources and unique historical and cultural character.

Department Information

Combination department, mostly career. Number of Staff: 80

Area Information

  • Population: 38,000

Agency Requirements:

 
Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21 X  
US Citizen Legal to work in The US   X
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None. X  
Ability to Read & Speak the English Language Yes   X
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20   X
Veterans Preference Points 5 preference points are awarded to veterans with a DD214 separation or honorable discharge.   X
EMT Certification Current Washington State or NREMT.   X
Other 5 preference points are awarded to current NWFR volunteers. Those applicants that have successfully passed all necessary requirements of The WSP State Fire Training Academy and have received a FF1, FF2, hazmat operations and awareness certifications will be considered "Entry Level".   X
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:

THE FOLLOWING ARE AUTOMATIC AND POTENTIAL DISQUALIFIERS. APPLICANTS SHOULD NOT APPLY TO OUR AGENCY IF THEY INDICATE ANY OF THE AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFIERS. POTENTIAL DISQUALIFIERS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

Category Disqualifier
Driving
Automatic2 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 5 years
Drug Usage
AutomaticMust pass drug and alcohol screening at time of hire.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Salary Information

Per The IAFF#106NW Contract dated 2014-2016, starting pay during the academy is $4201.64/month (recruit firefighter). Entry Level Firefighter starting pay is $4689.40/month

Benefit Information

NWFR offers a generous benefits package including: Medical, dental and life insurance. All represented employees are required to be enrolled in the LOEFFII Retirement System and receive paid sick and vacation leave.