Board of Commissioners

EJFR Board of Fire Commissioners

Board Meeting Minutes & Agendas

In 2019 the citizens of Fire District No. 1 voted to expand the Board of Fire Commissioners from three to five. Following that vote, Commissioner Districts were established and approved by the voters in November. Exact Commissioner District boundaries were established in late 2020. To determine your Commissioner District please visit the searchable map via the Jefferson County Website.

The Jefferson County Fire Protection District No. 1 Board of Fire Commissioners meet the third Wednesday of every month. The meeting is held at East Jefferson Fire Rescue Station 1-1, 9193 Rhody Drive, Chimacum WA 98368 and typically starts at 7:00 p.m. Currently the Board of Fire Commissioner Meetings are held virtually due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.

The Board of Fire Commissioners is governed by Chapter 52.14 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).

Commissioner District 1

Vice Chair, David Seabrook - 1/1/2020 – term expires 12/31/2025

Commissioner Seabrook began his life-long commitment to the fire service mission in 1983 while living in Sedona, AZ. He completed his paramedic training at the same time he finished a degree in Earth Science from Northern Arizona University in 1987. Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1988, he worked for an ambulance service in the Portland Metro area and started his professional fire service career in 1990. At Vancouver (WA) Fire Department he was an active EMS educator for years and helped implement many innovative programs. His Older Persons Are Important program formed the basis of his MPA degree from WSU in 1998, he also helped develop a nationally accredited Geriatric EMS training program. Promoted to Captain/Paramedic in 1997, he served on VFD’s busiest engine company. He retired in 2014 at the rank of Battalion Chief.

Soon after retirement he sailed down the Columbia River, eventually dropping anchor in 2015 at Port Townsend. He has since become involved in multiple organizations working on community resilience and food system security. He is a volunteer member of the Incident Management Team at Jefferson County’s Department of Emergency Management. He and his wife Karen are avid gardeners and reside in Chimacum.

Commissioner District 2

Chair, David Johnson- 1/1/2018 – term expires 12/31/2023

Commissioner Johnson was born in Yakima. He attended Yakima Valley College and the University of Washington, graduating with a Technical Fire Management degree. He started working for the US Forest Service in 1969 and retired in 2007 with 39 years of service. Notable incidents he worked on include: Snoqualmie National Forest on a wildland engine, Colville National Forest as a helitack manager and Assistant Fire Management Officer, Umpqua National Forest as Fuels Management Specialist, Olympic National Forest as Fire Management Officer and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Fire and Aviation Staff Officer.

He currently serves as volunteer Operations Section Chief for the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management. While with the Umpqua National Forest Service, he became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and EMT instructor. Commissioner Johnson helped start an ambulance service for the Days Creek Tiller areas and taught several EMT classes. When he moved to the Port Hadlock area in 1984 he volunteered for the Chimacum Fire District and became the first EMT instructor in Jefferson County. Commissioner Johnson is married and has two children and one grandchild. He and his wife Peggy live in Port Hadlock. They attend Port Townsend First Baptist Church, are avid square dancers and enjoy the other benefits of living on the Olympic Peninsula. In his spare time he enjoys fly fishing, salmon fishing, wood working, working out, reading, and volunteering.

Commissioner District 3

Deborah Stinson - Appointed Sept. 2020, term expires 12/31/2021

Deborah Stinson moved to Jefferson County in 2003 after thirty years of management and technology experience in a variety of sectors. She was honored to receive the 2011 Jefferson County Heart of Service Award for the positive community impact of her volunteer work in emergency preparedness, facilitation of residents’ investment in small business, and through her leadership role in Local 20/20.  Deborah was elected in 2012 and 2016 to serve on Port Townsend City Council and was chosen twice by her peers to serve as Mayor. For the duration of that eight-year tenure, she served on the EJFR Oversight Board, the Jeffcom Administrative Board, the Department of Emergency Management’s Incident Management Team, in addition to other countywide and regional boards.

Commissioner District 4

Geoffrey Masci - Appointed Feb. 2020, term expires 12/31/2023
Commissioner Masci was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in January of 2020. He previously served on the City Council for the City of Port Townsend.

Commissioner District 5

George Randels - Appointed Feb. 2020, term expires 12/31/2021

George grew up in Painted Post, New York, a small upstate village near the Pennsylvania border. He received his B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1964, and a law degree (cum laude) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1967.

His career took him from Buffalo to Boston, then New York and finally the other Washington (D.C.). He worked in urban affairs, urban development, for a private real estate developer, and over a substantial period as a staff member for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and for its Small Business Committee.

After a lengthy career, George relocated to Port Townsend in 2000 and became involved in civic affairs soon thereafter. He served for roughly a decade on the Fort Worden Advisory Committee, playing a role in the development of the management plan now in effect. He was appointed to the Port Townsend Planning Commission and became its chair in 2005, helping usher in the city’s award-winning Shoreline Master Program. In 2007 he was appointed to serve out the term of a city council member who resigned, and that November was elected to a full four year term, during which he was chosen by the council to serve as Deputy Mayor.

George says that one of his motivations for serving on the EJFR Board was the example provided by his stepson Anthony, who volunteered assisting first responders in both high school and college.

Administration & Personnel

Career Firefighters, Paramedics & EMT’s

A shift

Back Row L to R: Lt. Justin Clouse, Patrick Williams, J.B. Fairbanks, Sam Neville, Pete Yelaca, Mike Kithcart, Lt. Steve Grimm

Front Row L to R: Ben Carver, Sarah Duce, Katherine Caldwell, Jacob Kinney, Ethan Porter

Not Pictured: Lt. Reece Chambers, Aarron Minker, Matt Kaldahl

B shift

Back Row L to R: Tammy Ridgway, Rick Martin, Jeff Woods, Zach Dean, Caton White, Lt. Curt Kilgore, Lt. Justin Fletcher, Rolf Schumann

Front Row L to R: Colton McGuffey, Keaton Christian, Stuart Macrae, Jacob Kinney, Andy Dalrymple

Not Pictured: Kyle Severance, Chad Holbrook

C shift

Back row L to R: Steve Steele, Scott Walker, Charlie Johnson, Leah Speser, Dahti Blanchard, Trevor Bergen, Stevie Weaver, Lt. Gavin Rogers, Alex Morris

Front Row L to R: Scott Pulido, Lt. Chris Kauzlarich, Ryan Gutierrez, Danielle Stumpf, Bobby Grimm

Not Pictured: Lt. Jason MacDonald, Curtis Sanders, Jesse Cordova, Halie Duke


Chief Bret Black

Fire Chief Bret Black and his wife, Nimai moved to the area over Thanksgiving 2020 from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chief Black began his firefighting career with the Nicasio Volunteer and Ross Valley Fire Departments as a volunteer firefighter. While working full time at Fairfax Lumber Company, he put himself through the Santa Rosa Fire Academy and EMT programs. His first full time firefighting opportunity came in 1997 at Lucasfilm’s, Skywalker Ranch Fire Department, a combination organization. After promoting to Captain he was offered a position with the Clovis Fire Department in Central California, where he spent most of his career. Chief Black promoted through the ranks of firefighter, engineer, captain, then battalion chief. Throughout his years he has been involved in numerous special projects including fire apparatus design, HazMat Specialist, Fire Investigation, USAR, CERT and fire service training. Chief Black is also a Strike Team Leader and has been deployed on numerous major wildfires. He attended the National Fire Academy’s Training Program Management in Emmitsburg, MD and ran the Training Division in Clovis for several years. Chief Black was hired as Fire Chief with Piedmont Fire Department in 2018 and helped design their newest fire engine.

Chief Black and his wife have three adult sons who reside in San Francisco, Boston and Budapest. They both enjoy the outdoors, hiking, cooking and travel.


Assistant Chief Brian Tracer

Assistant Chief Tracer joined the Department in 2014 to lead the Fire Prevention and Investigation division. He is also in charge of Departmental facilities and apparatus. A certified Marine Law Enforcement and Boating Safety instructor, A/C Tracer also assumed leadership of the EJFR marine division.

Prior to joining EJFR, A/C Tracer was Chief Civil Deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Tracer had been with the Sheriff’s Office for 21 years. In addition to his service as a deputy, A/C Tracer has four years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and more than 15 years of fire investigation experience. He is currently the president of the regional Fire Investigation Task Force, which investigates the cause and origin of fires in Jefferson County.

A/C Tracer is an avid scuba diver. He and his wife Jennifer, their daughter Taylor and son Dylan enjoy biking, backpacking, team sports and relaxing on their deck.


Assistant Chief Pete Brummel

Assistant Chief Brummel began his fire service career in 1990 as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Issaquah Fire Department and eventually was hired full-time in 1996. Originally from Connecticut, Chief Brummel attended Syracuse University where he received a degree in Advertising in 1987, and worked in New York City for several years.

In 1999, the City of Issaquah consolidated with King County Fire District #10 to form Eastside Fire & Rescue, serving the cities of Issaquah, Sammamish, North Bend and Fire Districts #10, #38 and #27. He promoted to Lieutenant in 2003, worked at several engine companies in Issaquah, Sammamish and North Bend and promoted to Captain in 2009. From there here served as an Acting Battalion Chief and ladder truck Captain until he transferred into the Training Division in 2017. Chief Brummel’s interest in regional training and operations allowed him to serve on technical rescue teams with a special knowledge of structural collapse rescue. In addition to technical rescue, he served as the regional hazardous materials team coordinator for nine municipal fire agencies in the east King County area. In addition to operations and training, Chief Brummel is a graduate of the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy in 2017 and has had the unique opportunity to travel with a United States terrorism response task force to Israel in 2014.

Chief Brummel is married to Carolyn, a pediatric RN and they have lived on a small hobby farm in Chimacum since 2008. Their daughter Amelia lives in Tacoma and is pursuing law school and their son Owen attends Pacific Lutheran University. Leo, a one-year old Goldendoodle, is the newest member of the family and has been trained as a certified therapy dog in the “Read-to-Rover” program in the Port Townsend and Chimacum school districts.


Finance Manager/District Secretary, Terri Ysseldyke-All

Terri joined the Department in Sept. 2014. Terri’s most recent position prior to joining EJFR was as a Data Analysis Specialist for the Central Kitsap School District. In that role, she was responsible for conducting analysis of student testing and assessment data.

Terri is a licensed real estate agent. In her spare time, she is a competitive paddler of outrigger canoes and is a member of the Hui Heihei Wa’a outrigger canoe club in Silverdale. Terri and her husband Hamp live in Port Townsend.


Business & Human Resource Manager, Emily Stewart

Emily has been with EJFR since Aug. 2014. She performs a wide variety of duties that support the day-to-day operations of the administrative office as well as the individual stations.

Prior to moving to Port Townsend, Emily was the Communications Coordinator with the Alliance of the American Dental Association in Chicago. In that role, she managed the communications and membership outreach. Emily was the event planner for Climb for a Cause, a program to raise funds for dental clinics around the world. In that capacity, she climbed Wheeler Peak in New Mexico, San Jacinto in California and Zion Narrows. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking and photography. Emily lives in Port Townsend with her husband, Matt.


Administrative Assistant, Kindra Sanders

In 2010 Kindra came on board with EJFR as a part time Administrative Assistant. She comes with many years of experience serving the public.

Prior to EJFR, Kindra worked as an Accountant Intern for Port Ludlow Associates before moving to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University. Upon her return to Port Townsend she then worked as the Clubhouse Supervisor and Administrative Assistant for Kala Point Owners Association for five years until she was offered an opportunity with American Marine Bank where she was the Customer Service Representative until 2009.

In her spare time, Kindra enjoys traveling, camping and spending time with friends along with her husband Curtis, daughter Kyla, son Caden and their very energetic yellow lab Bailey.



Volunteer Testing

Volunteer applications are accepted on a rolling basis – if interested, please return the Volunteer/Resident Application to Applications are kept on file for a minimum of one year.  To learn more about the different opportunities, please see “Volunteer Roles” below.

To learn more or for questions, contact us at 360.385.2626.

Volunteer Opportunities

EJFR has had a strong tradition of volunteer service for well over 100 years. We have a wide range of opportunities available for volunteers. There are six roles in which someone can support the Department. In-District residency is not required. Read below for more information. Volunteers must be 18 years of age to qualify for most positions. Students 16 – 18 years of age may qualify to volunteer as a Cadet.

Ride along with EJFR firefightersDue to current COVID restrictions, ride alongs have been suspended until further notice.

Volunteer/Resident Volunteer Application

Volunteer Roles

Volunteer Resident Firefighter

Scope: The Volunteer Resident Firefighter is a firefighter/EMT apprentice position focused on education and live practical training which supports individuals who seek fire service career opportunities. The Resident Firefighter receives education in fire and medical sciences which allow for Washington State and national certification testing. As an apprentice, the firefighter/EMT is a working team member on emergent and non-emergent calls for service from staffed fire stations within EJFR. The live practical training is centered on assigned shifts with scheduled hours and locations which range from 8 hour day cycles to 24 hour shift assignments. The resident firefighter as part of the apprentice program is a voluntary job training program which receives a stipend for food and transportation while assigned. All educational and training opportunities are at no direct cost to the resident firefighter.

Expectations: The apprentice firefighter, while a member of the response team, shall meet education and training requirements including attendance, evaluations, and successful completion of a Washington State Fire Academy, EMT class, vehicle operations and driving program and on-the-job application of skills. The apprentice firefighter program is a multi-month program designed for the opportunity for skill acquirement and knowledge retention through practical skill usage in actual calls for service. The apprentice firefighter is expected to test competitively with fire departments and medical service providers. The understanding is that experience is gained through application of skills that encompasses the scope of the apprentice firefighter program. The VRF will be assigned to one of three shifts (A, B or C), as assigned by Operations. All VRF’s shall report to their assigned shift / station prior to 0800. The VRF duty hours will normally commence at 0800 hours and conclude at 0800 hours. Variances from these hours will be allowed on an individual basis at the discretion of their Chief Officer. Because the VRF is a member of the District, he / she shall be able to perform in a volunteer capacity when not functioning under the rules of the VRF program and are encouraged to respond to any department call back and emergency alarms while off duty.


Combat Volunteer

Scope: The combat volunteer is a person certified to function as a firefighter in hazardous conditions to the minimum level of Washington State Firefighter I and provide emergency medical treatment consistent with Washington State EMT A certification. This volunteer position is compensated for their fuel via a quarterly point system to assist their community in both emergent and non-emergent times which include times of natural disaster. The combat volunteer can either bring to the agency certifications or attain the certifications through training and education provided by EJFR. Education and training shall be no direct cost to the combat volunteer.

Expectations: This position is as needed on call, with notification for need via radio and or cell alerting 24/7 or as assigned addressing special need services or scheduled events. The combat volunteer is required to maintain current training and education status through regularly scheduled drills and education with a percentage of calls attended or supported events staffed.


EMS Volunteer

Scope: The EMS volunteer, as specified by Washington volunteer pension and relief shall support the duties of the department in the suppression of fires and emergency medical service delivery. This volunteer is not a combat firefighter requiring the ongoing certification of respiratory protection and firefighter competency. This volunteer is only certified in the delivery of emergency medical services and will support the fire department in the delivery of medical services in fire centric environments, and special needs situations. Education and training shall be no direct cost to the EMS Volunteer.

Expectations: This volunteer is available 24/7 via radio and or cell notification to assist the department in the delivery of fire suppression and medical services. This service may include driving and operating ambulances, and medical support units. Education and training are commensurate to the level of support the volunteer shall deliver at a fire or emergency medical scene. Training shall be consistent to the training scheduling for support firefighters. The EMS volunteer is required to maintain current training and education status through regularly scheduled drills and education with a percentage of calls attended or supported events staffed.


Support Volunteer

Scope: The Support Volunteer, as required by Volunteer firefighter pension and relief must support the duties of the fire department in the suppression of fires and emergency medical service delivery. This volunteer is not a combat firefighter requiring the ongoing certification of respiratory protection and firefighter competency. This volunteer may or may not be a certified Emergency Medical Technician; however this volunteer will support emergency medical services through fire centric education and training. Education and training shall be no direct cost to the Support Volunteer.

Expectations: This volunteer is available 24/7 via radio or cell notification to assist the fire department in the delivery of fire suppression and medical services. This service may include driving and operating fire engines, ambulances, fire tenders, marine units, support units, and communication units. Education and training are commensurate to the level of support the volunteer shall deliver at a fire or emergency medical scene. Training shall be consistent to the training scheduling for combat firefighters. The support volunteer is required to maintain current training and education status through regularly scheduled drills and education with a percentage of calls attended or supported events staffed.


Administrative Volunteer

Scope: This volunteer is not eligible for Washington volunteer pension and relief. Their service to the department is on a voluntary level in which fuel compensation through activity points is provided on a quarterly basis. The service provided by the administrative volunteer is designed on a one-on-one basis for best use of skills and talents provided by the volunteer to the needs of the divisions of the department. As a volunteer, the time commitment is centric to the time available from the volunteer and specific to the needs of the department. Job functions may include, data entry and statistical management, technical drawing, communication support, public outreach, pickup and delivery services, medical concierge services. Education and training shall be no direct cost to the Administrative Volunteer.

Expectations: This volunteer is not expected to directly support the functions of the fire department in the delivery of emergent fire suppression or emergency medical services. Indirect support of the fire department through administrative assignments shall be the primary function of the Administrative Volunteer. Training and education shall be commensurate to the job tasks assigned or requested.



Scope: A Cadet volunteer is a student in training under the age of 18, but at least 16 years old. The training and education shall be commensurate to non-dangerous activities affording the student the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience prior to their eighteenth birthday. This volunteer is compensated for fuel via a quarterly point schedule while attending training or educational opportunities prior to becoming a classified pension and relief firefighter volunteer. Education and training shall be of no direct cost to the Cadet.

Expectations: This volunteer shall operate in a limited scope, providing the opportunity for training and education while not exposing the student to hazardous or dangerous environments or situations. The cadet can attend training and educational opportunities commensurate to the limitations governed by firefighter pension and relief.

East Jefferson Fire Rescue is a drug-free workplace. Volunteer candidates must complete a successful physical and background check according to department policies and guidelines. If you’d like to speak to someone about volunteer opportunities, contact our Administrative staff at 360.385.2626.

Volunteer Roster