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.