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 and son Caden


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.