Fire Commissioner Meetings Held every second Thursday of each month at 3:00 pm at Station 41. Located at 2020 Washington Street in Ferndale


Our Mission

Whatcom County Fire District Seven pledges to provide trained personnel, apparatus, equipment and facilities to meet the publics request for fire, emergency medical services, hazardous materials and disaster response, and to promote fire prevention, safety, medical education and enforcement of life safety codes.


Fire Chief Larry Hoffman

Prior to joining our Ferndale family, Chief mastered his communication and managing skills working for a local plumbing distributor. As with most of our volunteers, Larry Hoffman had the desire to contribute within our community by offering his time as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. After serving three years with our department, retired Fire Chief Gary Russell offered Larry Hoffman his first career fire service position as Training Captain in 1989. In 1997, Larry Hoffman was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief of Operations were he served with distinction for twenty years as Chief Russell's second-in-command.

Over two decades both men grew the once exclusively volunteer department into the current combination department with more than one hundred responders. With the support of his loving wife, Jane and his two boys, Chief Hoffman continues to be a very active participant in our community as a member of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, fundraising for local charity groups like the Chelsey Ebert Trust, and coaching local youth in baseball.

Assistant Chief Dean Crosswhite

Truly the product of the fire services of Washington State. Dean Crosswhite began his fire experience, and training as a member of Mason County Fire District 2 in 1986. As a Washington State college student he served while attending school. In 1990, Dean began his first step into a career position with South Kitsap Fire. Migrating successfully into the fire services provided by the Department of Natural Resources until 1993. Since 1993, Dean has held multiple positions as a career firefighter and EMT with Whatcom County Fire District Seven. Serving fifteen years as a Shift Lieutenant, eight years as Division Chief of Operations, and recently Assistant Fire Chief.

Assistant Chief Crosswhite embraces the diversities in individuals that contribute to creating strength, unity and safety for the entire department. Dean fosters the positive attributes that our community expects from their firefighters.


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