The City of Bellingham Fire Department operates out of six fire stations, two medic units, and one command vehicle. Engine crews perform basic life support (BLS) medical care and ambulance transport within city limits when necessary. Up to two ladder trucks may also be staffed as needed.
Additionally, staff provide countywide paramedic transport service augmented by two medic units located in two county locations. All operations personnel are career firefighter/emergency medical technicians. Approximately one third of these personnel are also trained to the advanced life support-paramedic level.
Fire and paramedic personnel work is split into three 24 hour shifts, providing 24/7 emergency response coverage with 30 on duty personnel each day. When a building fire is reported, we initially respond with four engines, one command vehicle, and one medic unit. More units, including mutual aid from other fire agencies outside the city, can be called in to assist if necessary.
Staff also participate in the county-wide hazardous materials response team.