North Whidbey Fire and Rescue is a fire protection district formed under Title 52 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). As a fire district, NWFR is an independent municipal entity and not part of county or city government. The district is governed by a three-member Board of Fire Commissioners each of whom serves a six-year term.
Commissioner Marvin Koorn was born and raised in Oak Harbor Washington where he attended Oak Harbor Christian School and Oak Harbor High School. He also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a Major in Math and a Minor in Psychology from Western Washington University. He and his wife Margaret, also an Oak Harbor native, have been married for 53 years and have three sons, one daughter, and 7 grandchildren.
Commissioner Koorn began volunteering with the San De Fuca Fire Department in 1978 and quickly rose to the rank of Fire Chief by 1983. He served as District 2 South Chief from 1992-2002. While volunteering with NWFR he spent 26 years as a North Whidbey road maintenance supervisor. Upon retiring from island county, he became the first career Chief with NWFR until he retired in 2015
He was appointed Commissioner of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue in 2017 where he currently still serves culminating in more than 40 years of service with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue.
Commissioner T. J. Lamont was born and raised in central Florida where he graduated from Eau Gallie High School in 1966. He attended college at Brevard Community College and then joined the Navy in February 1969. He was transferred to NAS Whidbey Island on Jan 9th, 1970. Commissioner Lamont has retired from the NAVY and from civil service as of 2008.
Commissioner Lamont began working in the fire service with the Bayview Fire Department (Skagit County) in 1973-1974. From November 1979 – November 1980 he worked with the NAS Fire Department. He then moved into volunteering with NWFR in 1980 and was an EMT and Captain at his 2006 retirement. Commissioner Lamont has served two different terms as a fire commissioner. His first time in the role was from January 1999 to January 2012. His second term began in January 2018 and he continues in that role currently.
Upon being stationed on Whidbey Island, Commissioner Lamont purchased a property in 1975. There he established a farm and boarded horses until 2018. He lives with his wife of 52 years, Pat Lamont and they have one son, Jason, a daughter-in-law Christine, and 2 Grandsons!
Commissioner Gerald Smith began volunteering with Fire District 2 South in 1994 and was promoted to Captain in 2000. He served with North Whidbey Fire & Rescue for 24 years.
In 2002, Navy Region Northwest Fire & Emergency Services hired Commissioner Gerald who currently holds the position of Fire Lieutenant.
Commissioner Smith was born and raised in Oak Harbor, Washington, where he graduated from Oak Harbor High School. He and his wife Christina married in 2006, and have a son and a daughter. They consider Island County their home.
In addition, Commissioner Smith has dedicated his time to serving his community as an Island County 4-H leader/volunteer for the last 7 years.
Commissioner Smith cares deeply about the fire district, the safety of the community, and the organization members are of the utmost importance to him.