SWFA Board Work Session, July 16, 2020 at 2:00pm

posted Jul 13, 2020, 11:01 AM by Rod Topel

SOUTH WHATCOM FIRE AUTHORITY

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 BOARD WORK SESSION

 

NOTICE

 

There will be a Board Work Session of the South Whatcom Fire Authority Board of Fire Commissioners

 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Virtual Online Meeting


The purpose of the work session is to review Website Design Request for Qualifications submittals, and to review mid year budget and staffing needs.

 

Regularly scheduled Board Meetings for 2020 shall be on the following dates and held at the Geneva Station, 4518 Cable Street, at 3 p.m. Any changes of date, time, or location are posted at all fire stations.

 

                                  2020 Regular Board Meeting Dates

 


Thursday, January 16

Thursday, February 13

Thursday, March 12

Thursday, April 16

Thursday, May 14

Thursday, June 11

Thursday, July 16

Thursday, August 13

Thursday, September 10

Thursday, October 15

Thursday, November 12 (Public Hearing)

Thursday, November 12

Thursday, December 10


 

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN

 

THE SOUTH WHATCOM FIRE AUTHORITY

2050 Lake Whatcom Blvd.

Bellingham, WA  98229

(360) 676-8080      

Fax (360) 734-0437

Email: info@swrfa.org

Interruption of Regular Board of Commissioners Meeting

posted Jun 11, 2020, 4:16 PM by Mitch Nolze

We apologize for the interruption and technical difficulty during the regular Board of Commissioners meeting.  A power failure at one of the stations caused a problem with the live event feed.  It is back up and running and no part of the meeting was conducted without the public feed.

However, public comments are not being recorded.  If you have public comments you would like to include for this meeting or for the commission to be aware of, please email those comments to info@swrfa.org and state your full name and address in the email.

We are sorry for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

Notice of Board Fire Commission Work Session - June 11, 2020

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:23 PM by Rod Topel   [ updated Jun 11, 2020, 4:39 PM by Mitch Nolze ]

SOUTH WHATCOM FIRE AUTHORITY

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 BOARD WORK SESSION

 

NOTICE

 

There will be a Board Work Session of the South Whatcom Fire Authority Board of Fire Commissioners

 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Virtual Online Meeting=


The purpose of the work session is for continued discussion on Capital Facilities Planning Process and long term operational objectives.

 

Regularly scheduled Board Meetings for 2020 shall be on the following dates and held at the Geneva Station, 4518 Cable Street, at 3 p.m. Any changes of date, time, or location are posted at all fire stations.

 

                                  2020 Regular Board Meeting Dates

 


Thursday, January 16

Thursday, February 13

Thursday, March 12

Thursday, April 16

Thursday, May 14

Thursday, June 11

Thursday, July 16

Thursday, August 13

Thursday, September 10

Thursday, October 15

Thursday, November 12 (Public Hearing)

Thursday, November 12

Thursday, December 10


 

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN

 

THE SOUTH WHATCOM FIRE AUTHORITY

2050 Lake Whatcom Blvd.

Bellingham, WA  98229

(360) 676-8080      

Fax (360) 734-0437

Email: info@swrfa.org

Removal of some limitations of Public Access to our Facilites

posted Jun 5, 2020, 1:51 PM by Rod Topel

As Whatcom County is now approved to be in Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan, we at SWFA will also begin to loosen the constraints of public access to our facilities.  Beginning on Monday June 8, lobby access to our stations for the purpose of receiving information and assistance as well as requests for public information will resume.  The use of masks is strongly encouraged to be used within our public space, but not required if the duration of occupation is limited to 5 minutes or less.  If the duration of occupying our facility is greater than 5 minutes, then all persons occupying the space shall be required to wear a mask. 

During phase 2, access to our meeting rooms for public use is still not allowed, even for groups of 5 or less.  Only after we enter phase 3 as a County will we then make our meeting rooms available for group use following the guidance recommended by health officials and the safe start plan provisions. 

A friendly reminder to everyone, that if you are sick, please remain home, wash your hands often, maintain physical distancing of 6 feet from people outside your household when possible, and wearing a mask in public is effective at minimizing the spread of the virus. 

I wish to thank everyone for their commitment to minimize the spread of the virus, as the efforts our community has made are tangible and identifiable.

Rod Topel, Fire Chief

SOUTH WHATCOM FIRE AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR WEBSITE DESIGN SERVICES

posted Jun 5, 2020, 11:12 AM by Rod Topel   [ updated Jun 9, 2020, 2:20 PM ]

South Whatcom Fire Authority

Request for Statement of Qualifications

For WebSite Design Services

 

South Whatcom Fire Authority (“SWFA”) hereby requests that interested Website design professionals submit a statement of qualifications for redesign of the SWFA Website, web address SWRFA.ORG.

The SWFA desires to hire a website design professional to assist the department in the design and construction of the SWFA website. 

Minority and women-owned firms are encouraged to apply and will be given equal consideration with all other firms submitting a statement of qualifications.

Selection of the applicant will follow Fire Authority Board of Commission review of submission and interviews.

South Whatcom Fire Authority reserves the right to reject any and all submissions.

Statements of qualifications must be received at South Whatcom Fire Authority at the following address:

2050 Lake Whatcom Blvd.

Bellingham, Washington 98229

They must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on the 10th Day of July, 2020.  Interested applicants may find a detailed explanation of required qualifications and information to be submitted in response to this RFQ on SWFA’s website SWRFA.ORG, or by requesting one by phone to our office during normal business hours at (360)676-8080.  All information requested shall be transferred electronically, no mailings or fax shall be requested.

Explanation of RFQ for Website Design Services

Volunteer Information Session

posted May 20, 2020, 3:12 PM by Mitch Nolze

South Whatcom Fire Authority (SWFA) is holding a virtual information session on May 27th, 2020 at 6:00 PM.  Current applicants will receive email instructions to join the meeting.  Other interested persons who have not yet applied or want to know more information about the fire authority prior to applying, should send an interest email to info@swrfa.org stating their full name and phone number.  Information for joining the session will be provided via email to those persons.  A direct invitation is required for this virtual session.

The information session will provide information to prospective volunteer firefighter candidates about our organization, training requirements, required time commitments, and benefits that the fire authority provides to its members.  We hope that anyone interested will attend!

This information session marks the beginning of our hiring process for the fall firefighter recruit academy and EMT class that will begin at the end of August/beginning of September.

SWFA Board of Fire Commission Regular Meeting May 2020

posted May 12, 2020, 1:21 PM by Rod Topel   [ updated May 20, 2020, 3:05 PM by Mitch Nolze ]

The regularly scheduled Board of Fire Commissioners of the South Whatcom Fire Authority (SWFA) will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 3:00 PM.  By order of the Governor of the State of Washington, Jay Inslee, the meeting shall be in a virtual environment, and in-person meetings are now prohibited.

Public Comments can be entered at any time during the meeting in the "Q&A" section in the virtual web event.  The comments will be reviewed and read to the commission and they will respond at their discretion during the Public Comment part of the meeting.  These questions will become part of the public record.  Note:  To be valid and recorded as part of the record, you must type your full name and address prior to your comment.

The meeting agenda and documents are found in the "Public Documents" section on the menu bar to the left.

A Web Link to Access the Public Meeting Shall be Made Available to the General Public on Thursday, May 14, prior to the start of the public meeting.

SWFA Regular Board of Commissioners Meeting

posted Apr 14, 2020, 12:35 PM by Mitch Nolze   [ updated Apr 20, 2020, 5:24 PM ]

The regularly scheduled Board of Fire Commissioners of the South Whatcom Fire Authority (SWFA) will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM.  By order of the Governor of the State of Washington, Jay Inslee, the meeting shall be in a virtual environment, and in-person meetings are now prohibited.

Public Comments can be entered at any time during the meeting in the "Q&A" section in the virtual web event.  The comments will be reviewed and read to the commission and they will respond at their discretion during the Public Comment part of the meeting.  These questions will become part of the public record.  Note:  To be valid and recorded as part of the record, you must type your full name and address prior to your comment.

The meeting agenda and documents are found in the "Public Documents" section on the menu bar to the left.

A Web Link to Access the Public Meeting Shall be Made Available to the General Public on Thursday, April 16, prior to the start of the public meeting.


COVID-19 Update April 10, 2020

posted Apr 10, 2020, 10:51 AM by Rod Topel   [ updated Apr 10, 2020, 10:54 AM ]

The good news for South Whatcom Fire Authority and their communities that we serve is that as of today, SWFA still has had no impacts to our staffing or response due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  SWFA continues its facility security practices of being closed to the public and continued screenings of personnel prior to allowing them to work shifts.  Our PPE supply is still adequate to meet demands and we continue to receive our PPE supplies through our vendors, but we must incorporate additional time to receive.  This requires us to pre-order based on an anticipated need, and we are doing that currently.  Items that we are struggling obtaining are similar to those that our community is experiencing, and that is for normal household disinfectant wipes.  We have alternatives that we can create, so rest assured our facilities will continue to be disinfected multiple times per day.

I would like to take an opportunity to sincerely thank the community not just for their support of first responders and health care workers during this time period, but more importantly the general attitude of doing your part in limiting the spread of this virus.  Staying at home and social distancing has been our primary means of limiting the spread, and early indications are that this is working.  Your efforts in the community to practice social distancing is amazing and in my opinion the real tribute to health care workers.  These efforts are resulting in allowing our institutions to not be overwhelmed such as what we see in other regions of our Country.  I fully admire the unity we have as a community to be considerate of our neighbors as well as our civic responsibility despite the challenges the imposed shut down has on us.  Thank you.

In the next few weeks, the social distancing measures will become even more challenging for many.  It is important to hold the course.  Like many of you, I read updates every day as to the progress medical science is making in treating those that are ill.  I want to remind everyone that flattening the curve is intended to "buy time" for our medical research professionals to develop these treatments.  With that, I still encourage all not to diminish their vigilance to the presence of the virus.   We all still need to practice our social distancing, wash our hands regularly, and stay home when possible. 

Thank you again, be well, and be safe.

Rod Topel, Fire Chief


COVID-19 Update April 3, 2020

posted Apr 3, 2020, 11:00 AM by Rod Topel   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 11:11 AM ]

Currently we are still able to respond as normal to your requests for emergency services.  There has yet to occur any COVID related issues that decrease staffing levels or response ability here at SWFA.  We are continuing internal measures to maintain wellness of our responders, and our responders are equipped with all necessary personal protection equipment to protect them when they respond. 

Yesterday, SWFA experienced a new first and held our first public meeting in a virtual online format that was also available for our public to attend and listen.  During this meeting, our Commissioners took further steps to ensure that our operational abilities have the capability of continuing should this pandemic emergency worsen.  They adopted a resolution declaring a state of emergency that allows for quick response actions should the need occur, a resolution that allows our continued ability to pay our bills and payroll should a normal commission meeting be unable to occur due to the pandemic, and they passed a resolution that allows them to sign their necessary public documents electronically which meets the Governor's orders for that all public meetings be held virtually.

I truly believe that these next few weeks are still very important towards minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please contribute to your community by following the Governor’s orders and requests as well as those from our State Department of Health that are put in place to slow the spread of the COVID 19 virus.  These actions are necessary to maintain essential services from being overwhelmed.  By flattening the curve, we can improve our outcome through this very stressful time for all.  I am placing a link to an article that I believe helps us all understand that these efforts have tangible results.  https://news.yahoo.com/flattening-the-curve-on-coronavirus-what-california-and-washington-can-teach-the-world-130405639.html

I still encourage everyone to visit https://whatcomcovid.com/ where you will find information from the Whatcom Unified Command efforts as well as links to Centers of Disease Control, State Health Department and Whatcom County Health Department as well as other COVID 19 related proclamations and updates.

These next weeks are very important in minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please contribute to your community by following the Governor’s orders and requests.

Rod Topel, Fire Chief South Whatcom Fire Authority

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