Fire Chief Gary Russell

We have a lot to be thankful for living here in the Pacific Northwest. Beautiful scenery, mild climate, and friendly neighbors surround us in our everyday activities. So I encourage all of you to take a moment and enjoy what we all share with each other.

My hopes are that you have a safe and wonderful winter with your family and friends. We have a lot of new and exciting changes as our District continues to flourish.

I would personally like to thank all of our volunteers and career staff for their time, hard work and dedication. We could not do it without you.

In addition, I would like to welcome our newest members:

Probationary Firefigher/EMT Matt Sweet, Larry Nelson, Nick Karsetter, and Josh Zandstra


Our Mission

Whatcom County Fire District Seven pledges to provide trained personnel, apparatus, equipment and facilities to meet the publics request for fire, emergency medical services, hazardous materials and disaster response, and to promote fire prevention, safety, medical education and enforcement of life safety codes.

Updated: December 14, 2016

Job Classification: Entry Level Firefighter

Whatcom Fire District #7 is building an eligibility list for Entry Level Firefighter. To be considered for this round of hiring, all testing must be completed by January 20, 2017. The department requires the candidate PHQ. You can access the questionnaire through your candidate account. The PHQ must be completed by the closing date or you may not be considered to continue in the process.

Salary Information: $66,238 - $94,354 Benefit Information: Paid medical, dental, vision, prescription for employee and dependents based on 2017 collective bargaining agreement.

Contact Information: Assistant Chief Dean Crosswhite 360-384-0303

Department Overview: Fire District No. 7 is a combination department with 50 career employees and 65 volunteers. The district covers 75 square miles in and around the City of Ferndale Washington. We currently have six fire stations utilizing 24 pieces of fire and EMS equipment. The district has career staffing at four of these stations, 24-hous a day, supplemented by the dedicated volunteers who are assigned to all six stations. The Fire District provides fire suppression services, hazardous materials response along with Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support EMS service. In 2016 the district will answer nearly 4400 calls for service. The number of calls for service has been increasing steadily since the early 1990s. Ferndale is located on the I-5 corridor with easy access to both Seattle and Vancouver. Puget Sound is only minutes away and offers great boating and fishing. The Mt. Baker Ski Area is less than 60 minutes away and offers some of the best skiing in the United States. Area Information: Located in Ferndale Washington in Whatcom County. Population: 22,000


As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.

1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

2. Don't forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can't come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away from things like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

4. Dont forget to turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

5. Don't catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

10. Knowledge is power. Don't hook a generator up to the home's wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

For more information on how to stay safe during the cold weather, visit

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