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  • Bellingham's first female fire captain is a 'professional problem-solver'

    Simone Higashi, Cascadia Daily News|Updated Jun 29, 2023

    Being a firefighter was not on Sarah Pernick's childhood list of aspirations. Before becoming the first female fire captain in Bellingham, she was a self-described "ski bum." Pernick enjoyed the outdoors, worked as a river guide in her 20s and eventually opened a whitewater rafting business with her brother. Pernick initially got her EMT license to help with her rafting business. There, she was surrounded by aspiring firefighters, volunteers and career firefighters who...

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