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  • Special Board Meeting Called
    The Board of Fire Commissioners have called for a special meeting to be held on Monday, August 20, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at station 21 Geneva.

    The purpose of this Special Meeting is to meet with Assistant Chief Topel to answer questions related to the fire chief position.

    The Board of Fire Commissioners will begin the special meeting with an executive session for 30 minutes. The executive session is called under RCW 42.30.110(g). To evaluates the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee. However, subject to RCW 42.30.140(4), discussion by a governing body of salaries, wages, and other conditions of employment to be generally applied within the agency shall occur in a meeting open to the public, and when a governing body elects to take final action hiring, setting the salary of an individual employee or class of employees, or discharging or disciplining an employee, that action shall be taken in a meeting open to the public.

    Regularly scheduled Board Meetings are the second Thursday of every month at the Geneva Fire Station, 4518 Cable Street, at 3:00 p.m. Any changes of date, time, or location are posted at Station 21, Station 22 and on the department’s web site www.swrfa.org. 

    Posted Aug 10, 2018, 2:51 PM by Dave Ralston
  • Special Board Meetings Called
    The Board of Fire Commissioners have called for two special meetings to held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday August 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Both special meetings will be held at station 21 Geneva. 
    The purpose of the special meetings is to meet with department members in regards to replacement of the fire chief position scheduled for July 2019.

    Regular scheduled Board of Fire Commissioners are held on the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at Station 21 Geneva. 
    Posted Aug 3, 2018, 9:45 AM by Dave Ralston
  • County Wide Burn Ban In Effect

    Dry conditions and summer weather will call for burn restrictions.

    Whatcom County – Due to the warm weather conditions ahead and decreasing fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office will be enacting restrictions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County starting at 8:00 AM on Friday, July 13, 2018.

    All land clearing and yard debris burning must be discontinued at that time and all issued burn permits are suspended.

    Recreational fires will still be allowed with the landowner’s permission. Recreational fires must meet the following requirements:
    • Must only contain seasoned firewood or charcoal
    • Must be contained in an enclosure no larger than 3’ X 3’ across, and must be a minimum 16” high, made of cement blocks, stones, or steel.
    • Beach fires (where allowed) can be dug into an 8” deep pit, surrounded by 4” high enclosure of rocks.
    • Fires must be 25’ from structures, timber, and combustible materials.
    • A charged garden hose or (2) 5-gallon buckets full of water to be next to the fire.
    • A shovel or rake capable of stirring and extinguishing the fire to be on-site.
    • Recreational fires are allowed after dark, if attended by someone 16 years or older at all times.
    • Fires must be attended until out cold.
    • No burning when winds exceed 7 MPH.

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

    If your property lies within Whatcom County Fire Districts (WCFD) 5- Pt. Roberts, 11- Lummi Island, or 17- Sandy Point, you must check with those fire districts for outdoor burning restrictions and to obtain outdoor burning permits (when available).

    If your property lies within, or you are visiting property that is fire protected by Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), or a federal parks or forest agency, you must contact those organizations about outdoor burning restrictions.

    If you have any questions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County, please contact the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-778-5900 or visit our website at: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/FireMarshal. You must phone our Outdoor Burning Information Line every time you burn in Whatcom County: 360-778-5903.

    Have a safe and fun rest of the summer.

    Date: July 11, 2018
    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Mitch Nolze, Fire Inspector
    Posted Jul 13, 2018, 2:33 PM by Dave Ralston
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