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Newly certified paramedics (L to R) Ryan Pavitt, Wesley Segar and Jody Engels are recognized during a WCFD7 Commissioners Meeting,

3 newly certified paramedics recognized during Fire Commissioners meeting

FERNDALE, Wash. — 3 newly certified paramedics were recognized during the Whatcom County Fire District 7 (WCFD7) Commissioners Meeting at the Washington Street Fire Station #41 at 2020 Washington Street yesterday, October 10th.

The former Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Ryan Pavitt, Wesley Segar and Jody Engels, attended a joint paramedic training program that included Bellingham Fire Department and WCFD7 EMTs. They went through a rigorous 2-year training according to WCFD7 Medical Services Division Chief Ben Boyko.

Boyko said funding for the certification program held at at Bellingham Technical College came from a grant received by BFD and funds from the Whatcom County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy approved in 2016.

After completing the training and achieving their certifications, the former EMTs are now certified paramedics.

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The graduates now have positions as WCFD7 paramedics assigned to Medic 45 and, according to Boyko, a couple of the graduates had already “pulled a couple shifts.” Medic 45, while dispatched out of WCFD7, serves other parts of Whatcom County outside WCFD7 boundaries.


  1. Al Saab Al Saab October 11, 2019

    My congratulations to Ryan, Wesley and Jodi. Three individuals who have surpassed themselves with all their extra activities with WCFD7. Everybody in their coverage area will be embraced with above excellence in them serving the public. Al Saab former volunteer and commissioner

  2. Yvonne Goldsmith Yvonne Goldsmith October 11, 2019

    Congratulations to the three brave new responders.

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