Public Hearing Notice
2017 Budget

Thursday, November 10, 2016
2:30 p.m.
Station 21, Geneva
4518 Cable Street

The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to solicit public comment on the 2017 Operations and Capital Budgets and proposed increases. The detailed 2017 Draft Operations Budget can be found under the Public Documents section under 11/10/2016 Public Hearing. The regular board meeting will follow the Public Hearing.

Station 28 Vehicle Exhaust Removal System 
Request for Bids


Notice is hereby given that sealed bids for the Station 28 Engine Exhaust Removal System project located in Bellingham, Washington will be received at the offices of South Whatcom Fire Authority (SWFA), Station 22, 2050 Lake Whatcom Boulevard, Bellingham, WA 98229, until 2:00 pm, Friday, October 28th, 2016. Any bids received after the specified time and date will not be considered. Bids will then and there be publicly opened and read aloud. The Scope of Work consists of constructing a new engine exhaust system for three vehicles, including automatic and manual activation and installation of structural support for exhaust removal track; all work as shown and noted in the Contract Documents, Plans and Specifications. Station 28 project site is located at 5070 S. Samish Way, Bellingham, Washington. SWFA notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color or national origin in consideration for an award. Copies of specifications are on file for inspection in the office of Associated Project Consultants, Inc. (APC Engineers), at 1401 Astor Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. Copies of the contract documents may be obtained for a nonrefundable fee of $25.00 from the office of APC Engineers. 


Board Work Session Scheduled

There will be a Board Work Session of the South Whatcom Fire Authority Board of Fire Commissioners on Thursday, October 13, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at fire station 21, Geneva.

The purpose of the work session is to have an executive session for discussion of the renewal of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local #106 SW. RCW 42.130.40(4). The work session will also have discussion on the 2017 Operations and Capital budgets. 

Regularly scheduled Board Meetings are the second Thursday of every month at the Geneva Fire Station, 4518 Cable Street, 3:00 p.m. Any changes of date, time or location of the meetings are posted at the fire station and also published on the departments web site.


Whatcom County Burn Ban Restrictions Reduced

Whatcom County – Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and recent rain, the Fire Marshal’s Office will lift the burn ban for outdoor burning. The burn ban will be lifted at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 for the unincorporated areas of Whatcom County. At that time, verbal burn permits will be available via the Burn Information Line.Written burn permits for fires larger than 4’ X 4’ will be available at the Planning & Development Services Office. 

For current outdoor burning information and verbal burn permits please call the Burn Information Line at (360) 778-5903. Requirements for all types of outdoor burning are available on our website at:

A permanent ban on open burning remains in effect in the Cities of Bellingham, Lynden,Ferndale, Blaine, Everson, Nooksack, Sumas, Birch Bay, Kendall, the Cherry Point area, and their urban growth areas. For more information on the permanent burn ban you may contact the Northwest Clean Air Agency at (360) 428-1617 or check their website at 

If your property falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources, please call 1-800-323-BURN for burn permit information. 

Please remember as the burn ban is lifted: 

• All outdoor burning requires a permit in Whatcom County, with the exception of a recreational fire that meets specific conditions. 

• Violations of these burn restrictions can result in a minimum $250.00 fine. In addition, if you have an illegal fire that escapes or needs to be extinguished by the fire department, you may be held financially responsible for fire suppression costs and may be criminally charged for Reckless Burning. 

If you have any questions about open burning in Whatcom County that were not answered by the Burning Information Line, please contact the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 778-5900. 

Contact: Fire Inspector Mitch Nolze 
Date: September 26, 2016 
For Immediate Release 


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