Fire Chiefs and Fire Commissioners

FIRE CHIEFS

 William Pernett
Fire Chief
  wpernett@nwfrs.com

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Chief Pernett comes to us with over 24 years of experience coming up through the ranks of Golder Ranch Fire District. He became interested in fire and EMS right out of high school. He was hired full time in 1990. He has spent time as a Firefighter, Company Officer, Training Officer, Paramedic, HazMat Tem Coordinator and Battalion Chief. Bill’s education includes an AAS degrees in Fire Service, Paramedicine and General Studies. He also has a BS in Public Safety Administration and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership. In addition, he served as the Chairman of the Golder Ranch Fire Districts’ Policy Committee and as a member of their Honor Guard. Chief Pernett received the professional designation of “Chief Fire Offer” from the Commissioner on Professional Credentialing on December 13, 2016. Currently he is one of only 1,204 CFOs worldwide.

In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking and speding time with his family in the outdoors.

 

Joe Noonchester
Assistant Chief of Operations
Jnoonchester@nwfrs.com


Assistant Chief Noonchester is originally from Arizona and grew up enjoying the heat, and the warm water in the nearby lakes. After graduating from high school, Noonchester relocated to the Denver area where he finished his Bachelor’s degree and started a family. His two children, Kaitlyn and Samuel, are now grown and are scattered around the world. Kaitlyn works as a dental assistant in Seattle and Sam serves in the Airforce, stationed in England.

Noonchester joined the fire service about fifteen years ago in Las Vegas. There, he started as a reserve firefighter/EMT for the Boulder City Fire Department. During the entrance process of becoming a paramedic, he was offered a full-time position in Stanwood, WA. He and his family established a new life in western WA in the fire service.

After several years in Snohomish County, Joe moved to Whatcom County to continue his career. After working with the City of Lynden, he became part of the NWF family as the training officer. Wanting to advance his education, the department sponsored him to attend the National Fire Academy EFOP.

With some major life changes, Joe is newly re-married to a wonderful woman and enjoys Bellingham as his home.

Henry Hollander
Division Chief – Support Services
hhollander@nwfrs.net

Division Chief Hollander was born in Hilversom, Holland. His family relocated to Lethbridge, Alberta before settling in Santa Barbara, California where he graduated from Santa Barbara High School.  He went on to study business administration at Santa Barbara City College. Eventually, Chief Hollander headed north and established a home in Blaine. Chief Hollander was a private business owner for twenty-five years prior to becoming interested volunteering as a firefighter for the City of Blaine. Chief Hollander was hired as a career firefighter in 1999. Since then he has held various roles including Assistant Chief from 1996 until 2011 when he accepted the role of Division Chief of Support Services. Chief Hollander has represented the district commendably, offering his assistance during the Thailand Tsunami, Helious airline crash and hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Chief Hollander has been part of the mergers between the City of Blaine, District 3 and District 13 and the recent consolidation with Fire District 4. He continues to challenge himself and comes up with ways to benefit the district by assisting with the development of a state of the art computer system; designed the VOID telephone system for five stations; brought AVL to the district; supervises a fully certified EVT repair shop. He also assisted with the purchase of three new engines and a used ladder truck. Chief Hollander enjoys spending time with his wife Cathy, three children and two grandchildren. Also he enjoys singing barbershop music.

 

FIRE COMMISSIONERS  The District 4 Board of Fire Commissioners currently consists of three commissioners that meet monthly to discuss the issues of the district.  Commissioners are elected to a six-year term and can serve continuously if re-elected.

 

Commissioner Neal has lived in Fire District 4 since 1993. She works as an insurance agent with Aflac. She was raised in Federal Way, graduating from Seattle Christian High School. After earning a journalism degree from Western Washington University in 1991, she was hired as a reporter for the Lynden Tribune. Government reporting was a large part of her newspaper duties, but writing feature stories was a personal favorite. Her love of people is what led her to a new career in insurance in 2003. Past community involvement includes serving on the Support Officer Community Care and the Lighthouse Mission boards. 

 

 

November 5, 2016 special minutes

Commissioner Andrews is a retired International Captain for Delta Airlines serving over 34 years.  He served in the United States Marine Corps before joining Delta Airlines.He has seen service as a fire commissioner for six years in Whatcom County fire district 6 before being elected to the Board of Commissioners, fire district 4.  Commissioner Andrews has also  served as a volunteer fire fighter.  Married for over 44 years, he has seven grand children.  Additional county involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Whatcom County Support Officers Community Care, and the WhatcomCounty EMS Planning Committee.  Commissioner Andrews has lived in Whatcom County since 1995.

 

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