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. Due to the Merge with Fire District #3 in late 2022 we currently have eight Commissioners. Commissioners will drop off when their terms end until we have five Commissioners. The Fire Commissioner District Boundaries were also redrawn post-merge.

The Jefferson County Fire Protection District No. 1 Board of Fire Commissioners meet the third Wednesday of every month. The meeting is held virtually and in-person at East Jefferson Fire Rescue Station 1-1, 9193 Rhody Drive, Chimacum WA 98368 and typically starts at 6:00 p.m.

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

Commissioners District 1

Gene Carmody - Elected 2008, term expires 12/31/2025

Commissioner Carmody is a retired Fire Chief of the Yokusoka, Japan Fire Department. He served as a Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue fire commissioner for more than ten years and has seen the steady population growth in Port Ludlow which has required increased staff and upgraded equipment. Gene is an active member of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association and currently serves on the state Health Care Committee that oversees the statewide self insured insurance program. Gene is active in the community, currently assisting with the Village Council and volunteers as a proof reader for the Port Ludlow Voice. He serves on the fire district’s stategic planning committee and labor/management committee. Gene is married to Kozue and they live in the North Bay area of Port Ludlow.


Ed Davis - Elected 2014, term expires 12/31/2025

Commissioner Davis was appointed as a Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue Commissioner in September 2011. He served as a fire commissioner with District 1 for eight years, giving him an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a commissioner. After moving to Port Ludlow in 2006 Ed resigned his position with district 1. Prior to moving to Jefferson County he lived in Oregon and served in a management position at Tektronix located in Beaverton, Oregon. He has lived in Jefferson County for 28 years. Before retirement he owned and operated Peninsula Insurance Center in Chimacum with his wife, Sara. They have two grown sons.


Glenn Clemens - Elected 2021, term expires 12/31/2027

Glenn Clemens was elected in 2021 to a 6 year term with Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue.

Commissioners District 2

Chair, David Seabrook - Elected 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.


Deborah Tillman– Appointed March 2022, term expires 12/31/2023

Deborah Tillman has consistently sought community involvement, first as a Peace Corp volunteer. Upon returning she earned a graduate degree and began a 10-year career in land use planning, including as a county planning director. In 1997 Jefferson County became her home and EMS/fire service her focus.  From 1999 to 2016 she’s held roles as an EMS/fire responder and administrator.  She was an EMS Instructor for eight years. And, she was honored to be a Quilcene Fire Rescue Commissioner for 4 years.

In 2016 she formally retired from EMS/fire career service in order to attend graduate school.  In 2018 she earned a Master in Science Nursing via a program that emphasizes community leadership and health.  As a Nurse Practitioner she is now a primary care provider to those in community residential settings.

Commissioner District 3

Steve Craig - Elected Nov. 2021, term expires 12/31/2027

Steve Craig has been a resident of Jefferson County since 1977. He graduated from Port Townsend High School in 1982 and went into the construction industry working various trades. Eventually, he became an electrician and operated an electrical contracting business with his father in the greater Port Townsend area for over 15 years. Concurrently, Steve volunteered for Port Townsend Fire Department from 1990 – 1994 and was hired by The City of Bothell Fire Department where he retired in 2020 as a Lieutenant after 25 years.

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

Vice Chair, Deborah Stinson - Elected Nov. 2021, term expires 12/31/2027

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.


Administration & Personnel

Career Firefighters, Paramedics & EMT’s

Photos depict 2022 shifts. EJFR gained 13 new Firefighters from the 2023 merge with Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue.

Additional A Shift members: Alex Kosiuga, Brennan Whiting, Charlie Johnson, Neil Secondez, Alex Sviridovich

Additional B Shift members: Wes Lueders, Rodney Gregory, Dan Wagner, Gavin Williams

Additional C Shift members: Wicus McGuffey, Richard Spellman, Curtis Beery, Sarah Chapman

A shift

Back Row L to R: Halie Duke, Aarron Minker, Scott Walker, Lt. Gavin Rogers, Michael Archuleta, BC Jason MacDonald, Jeff Woods

Front Row L to R: Scott Campbell, Alex Morris, Jesse Cordova, Lt. Chris Kauzlarich, Scotty Pulido, Bobby Grimm, Lt. Curtis Sanders

B shift

Back Row L to R: Jacob Kinney, Lt. Reece Chambers, Lt. Steve Grimm, Lt. Caton White, BC Justin Clouse, Sarah Duce

Front Row L to R: Pete Yelaca, CJ Wright, Dan Severin, Adin Welander, JB Fairbanks

Not Pictured: Mike Kithcart, Patrick Williams, Ben Carver, Resident Tyler Lloyd, Resident Parker Hayne

C shift


Back row L to R: Matt Kaldahl, Chad Holbrook, Matt Sheehan, Ben Richter, Lt. Curt Kilgore, Rolf Schumann, Aaron Parker

Front Row L to R: Emily Higgins, Lt. Trevor Bergen, Lt. Rick Martin, BC Justin Fletcher, Zack Dean, Andy Dalrymple

Not Pictured: Resident Gavin Williams

Medical Services Officer (MSO)

MSO Ridgway


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, 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 resides in Port Ludlow.


District Secretary, Tanya Cray

Tanya has been the Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue (PLFR) Administrative Assistant since March of 2008.  Prior to beginning her employment as the Administrative Assistant, she had extensive experience in business and personnel management with a customer service and public interaction focus. When EJFR and PLFR merged in 2023, Tanya was reclassified as the District Secretary for the whole organization. Tanya obtained her BS in Social Services and Sociology from Central Washington University and has been a life long resident of Jefferson County. 

District Secretary Cray lives in Quilcene with her husband Jared and their dog Ranger. They enjoy gardening, hunting, fishing and taking care of their animals.


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 & Communication Assistant, Kindra Sanders

Kindra came on board with EJFR in 2010 as a part-time Admin Assistant – she was promoted to full time in April of 2022. She is a seasoned Administrative Assistant with over 20 years in the field, having held positions in supervisions, accounting, banking and dental fields. 


Prior to EJFR, Kindra worked as an Accountant Intern for Port Ludlow Associates before attending Western Washington University. Upon her return to Port Townsend she served 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. She was then recommended for a position with Dentistry Northwest where she served as a Dental Assistant including administrative assistance until 2013.


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


Part-time Administrative & Communication Assistant, Erin Murray
Erin is coming to EJFR with over 20 years of experience in admin and office settings. For the last 13 years, she’s enjoyed working on Naval Magazine Indian Island. Most recently, she was the Lead Transportation Officer, in charge of shipping material on and off base.
Erin has lived in the area for most of her life and is now raising a son, Devon, with her husband Dean and their two dogs. She spends much of her spare time taking her son to and watching him in various sports. Aside from that, she loves to travel, go to the beach and go camping with her family.


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.

East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR) will test for Volunteers and Volunteer Intern Firefighters on March 22nd at 6:00 PM.

All applicants for this recruitment will take a GED level written exam and be interviewed. Those testing for firefighter, EMT and support volunteer positions will take an EJFR-specific physical agility test. For candidates who wish to prepare for the physical agility test, a practice session will be held on March 22nd after the completion of the written examination. Upon receiving a passing score on the written test, the EJFR-specific physical agility exam will be held the following week on March 29th. All in-house testing will be held at EJFR Fire Station 1-5, located at 35 Critter Lane, Port Townsend.

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 five 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.

Ride Along with EJFR Firefighters 

Volunteer and Intern Application

Volunteer Roles

Volunteer Intern Firefighter

Scope: The Volunteer Intern Firefighter is a firefighter/EMT intern position focused on education and live practical training which supports individuals who seek fire service career opportunities. The Intern Firefighter receives education in fire and medical sciences which allow for Washington State and national certification testing. As an Intern, 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 as a member of the shift. The Intern Firefighter is a voluntary job training program which receives a stipend for food and transportation while assigned. All educational and training opportunities are at no cost to the Intern Firefighter per the Intern Agreement.

Expectations: The Intern 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 Intern Firefighter program is a multi-year program designed for skill acquirement and knowledge retention through practical skill usage during actual calls for service. The Intern 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 Intern Firefighter program. The Intern will be assigned to one of three shifts (A, B or C) and will be expected to follow a 48 hour on 96 hours off rotation. All Interns shall report to their assigned shift / station prior to 0800. The Intern 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 Intern is a member of the District, they shall be able to perform in a volunteer capacity when not functioning under the rules of the Intern 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.

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