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Noonchester named Grant County Fire District 8 chief

Joe Noonchester has been selected as the new chief of Grant County Fire District 8 and will take over the job July 1. Noonchester will replace David Patterson, who retired April 26, after 12 years with the department, five years as chief. Barbara Davis, business manager for GCFD8, said Noonchester has about 20 years experience in firefighting. Noonchester was the training captain for North Whatcom Fire & Rescue, and the district’s interim chief for 10 months in 2019. He also worked for the Lynden Fire Department and the Stanwood Fire Department. Noonchester created and operated the training program for his department, Davis said, has worked on fire department budgets and managed fire department operations. Noonchester will take over about the time fire district personnel move in mid-June into a new fire station, located at 20643 Road 22.5 SW.

Benton County Fire Captain named 2021 EMS Responder of the Year

Congratulations to Captain Scott Hawley, from the Benton County Fire Protection District 2, for being this years EMS Responder of the Year! This past weekend Captain Hawley was awarded the 2021 EMS Responder of the Year for Washington State at the annual 2021 Washington State Fire Fighters' Association Annual Fire School and Conference held in Wenatchee, WA. Captain Hawley has been a volunteer with Benton County Fire District #2 since 1998. He has been in volunteer service to our community for over 22 years. As a Captain and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician for Benton County Fire District #2, Scott responds to a large majority of the calls within this community, working all hours that are available outside of his full-time job as Lieutenant and EMT with Benton County Fire District #6. Those who nominated Captain Hawley, portray him as a positive influence to everyone surrounding him, as well as, a committed and selfless public servant to the community.

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