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State Auditor releases Whatcom County Fire District 7 annual audit results

Firefighters wait for the okay to begin mop up responsibilities after knocking down a house fire on Hatten Place (October 15, 2016). Photo: Discover Ferndale

The Washington State Auditor reported nothing adverse was found during their most recent annual  audit of Whatcom County Fire District 7’s (WCFD7) financial records.

According to the Washington State Auditors report, in the areas audited, WCFD7’s “operations complied with applicable requirements and provided adequate safeguarding of public resources. The District also complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas we examined.”

Financial records and internal control over financial reporting from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015 were audited.

Details about the district pulled from the audit report,

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Whatcom County Fire Protection District No. 7 provides fire prevention and suppression and ambulance services to approximately 23,000 Whatcom County residents. The District’s service area covers 75 square miles and includes the City of Ferndale.

An elected, three-member Board of Commissioners governs the District. The Board appoints a Fire Chief to oversee the District’s daily operation as well as its approximately 50 employees and 45 volunteers. For fiscal years 2014 and 2015, the District operated on budgets of approximately $5.5 million and $6.1 million, respectively. 


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