Fire Commissioners and Staff


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 Mark Lann –

Mark Lann has called Whatcom County his home since 1977. He has spent his entire professional career dedicated to public service. Recently, he retired after 23 years of local law enforcement. In addition to serving on the Whatcom County Fire District 4 Board of Commissioners, Mark serves on the Whatcom County Water District 7 Board of Commissioners. Married for 28 years, he and his wife have raised 5 children. Mark enjoys fitness through mountain biking and hiking. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration.


Commissioner Steve Cooley –

Commissioner Steve Cooley was appointed to the Board of Fire Commissioners on June 10th, 2021.



Jason Van der Veen 

Fire Chief

Chief Jason Van der Veen was born in Seattle and raised in Bellevue. He relocated to Whatcom County in 1994. Jason, his wife Meagan and their seven children reside in Lynden.

Chief Van der Veen began his fire service career by graduating from the WA State Fire Academy in 1998. He became part of the North Whatcom Fire and Rescue family in February 2007. Through his diligence and hard work, Jason was promoted to the position of lieutenant in 2010, to ops chief in 2019 and then to Fire Chief in April 2020.

Chief Van der Veen was raised by parents who set a wonderful example of selfless service to others. He tries to emulate these attributes and pass them on to both his children and coworkers.





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