Leslie Pederson
  • Female
  • Bellingham, Wa.
  • United States
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  • 2.
    Flogging Molly - Screaming at the Wailing Wall
  • 3.
    Kicking Harold - Gasoline (overhaulin sound theme)
  • 4.
    Paul Oakenfold - Switch On
  • 5.
    Def Leppard - Let's Get Rocked
  • 6.
  • 7.
    Firefighter song

They call me Mama Nails.... I like that more than Chief!

Profile Information

Type of Organization
Combination Fire Rescue Department, EMS/Rescue Squad/Hospital EMS - Paid
Job Function
Assistant or Deputy Chief, Training Officer, Safety Officer, Firefighter / EMT-Basic, EMT - Basic, Hazardous Materials Team Member, Driver / Engineer
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Whatcom County Fire District 4
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
Web Site:
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Whatcom County Fire District 8
My Training:
About Me:
Happily married with a 21 year old son, and 2 boxer dogs. Live in the Pacific Northwest in the foothills on 5 acres. Love to garden, run, hike, and ride my Harley!
Day Job:
Assistant Chief of a combination department with 11 paid and 52 part-time paid.
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Started as a fire/police dispatcher and the firefighters started including me in their training sessions. Fell in love with the job, and never looked back
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Every day is something new.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Not enough training time, especially for the part-time paid firefighters. It is a constant challenge to keep people proficient and keep that pride and ownership going.

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At 1:06am on October 25, 2009, Natalie Donato said…

Hi, this is going to sound really weird because I don't know you but I was just searching on here for people that live in the same city I live in and you showed up. I am looking into pursuing a career in the firefighting service but have no experience.

Basically, I was wondering if I could just ask you some questions about being a firefighter, especially a female one and what it is like.

I'm sorry if this sounds too forward, but I am just looking for any resources that I can find that may help me reach my end goal.

Thank you,
At 10:29pm on August 6, 2009, Jim Taxdahl said…
What an awesome page!!! I enjoyed your pictures and the music. Fantastic.
At 8:50pm on April 14, 2009, Bob Allard said…
At 8:17pm on April 13, 2009, Bob Allard said…
I have to give him a salute myself as I am a retired military reservist myself, so here's a salute, pass it on. e-mail address if possible and they are great pics.
At 2:57pm on January 6, 2009, Bob Allard said…
Way to go Chief, glad to see a female Chief, Welcome to FFN
At 12:08pm on December 11, 2008, Angie Taylor said…
love the dog pics. nice to see a strong female role model in the business. keep safe!

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