The Board of Fire Commissioners of San Juan County Fire Protection District No. 2 is immediately seeking candidates to fill the unexpired terms for Seats #4 and #5.  The seats must be filled within 90 days, however, the Board desires to fill these positions soon, as a full Board is essential to the district’s needs.

The Board will conduct a public process that includes advertising, interviewing, and selecting candidates to fill the vacancies.  As there are two vacancies, the positions must be filled one at a time. The first appointment will be completed before a second appointment is made by the new 4-person Board.

As per RCW 42.12.070 (6): “As provided in chapter 29A.24 RCW, each person who is appointed shall serve until a qualified person is elected at the next election at which a member of the governing body normally would be elected. The person elected shall take office immediately and serve the remainder of the unexpired term.”


The selected candidate for Seat #4 will serve as an appointed commissioner on the Board, with a public election taking place on the seat in the 2025 Election. At that time the publicly elected commissioner will complete the remainder of the term ending December 31, 2029.


The selected candidate for Seat #5 will serve as an appointed commissioner on the Board, with a public election taking place on the seat in the 2025 Election. At that time the publicly elected commissioner will have been elected to a new 6-year term.


Interested candidates are invited to send a resume, letter of interest, contact information, and references to Please include:

  • Commissioner Seat Number sought (if preferred);
  • Elected Experience;
  • Education;
  • Community/Public Service Experience;
  • Statement of Interest, including any skills and experience you hope to add to the Board; and
  • Contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.


Applicants must reside and be registered to vote within San Juan County Fire District #2.


Additional information about the role of a fire commissioner can be found in the Washington State Fire Commissioners ‘Commissioner Handbook’ and OIFR’s Board Organizational Structure (Policy 1200)

Board of Fire Commissioners

Kathryn Hansen, Seat #1

Kate was elected to the OIFR Board in November 2023 to complete an unexpired 2-year term.

A third-generation islander on both sides of her family, Kate has been serving on local boards for over 15 years. As a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) she has worked with businesses both on and off the island. And brings first-hand knowledge of Fire and EMS operations and governance, having served as a fire department administrator in King County.

Kate brings a lifelong dedication to, and understanding of, our rural island community. As a member of the OIFR Board, she hopes to foster responsible governance and sustainable fire and EMS services that meet the unique needs of our island, now and into the future.

Phone: 360.376.2396

Brian Ehrmantraut, Chair, Seat #2

Elected November 2023

Brian Ehrmantraut was elected to a four-year term in November 2023.  Brian moved full-time to Orcas in 1999 after a career in science and engineering in Silicon Valley to raise his daughter here in a more engaged and connected community. He has volunteered with OIFR since 2013, contributing as a structural firefighter, technical rescue and marine rescue/transport team member, and officer of the Orcas Island Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Association.

Over the past ~25 years, Brian has held other public service positions in the community, including San Juan County Planning Commissioner, Port of Orcas Commissioner, and member of the Eastsound Planning and Review Commission. He has also served as Trustee/Treasurer of the OPAL Community Land Trust,  founding member of the Salmonberry School, Board member and Treasurer of Childrens’ House, and President of the Eastsound Water Users Association. Additionally, he has served on the boards of the Orcas Family Health Center, the Orcas Highlands Association, and Lopez Island Vineyards.

Brian is dedicated to ensuring Orcas Island Fire & Rescue has stable funding, transparent governance, and a strong team of volunteers and professionals working to keep our community safe and healthy.

Phone: (360) 298-2476

Randall Gaylord, Seat #3

Elected November 2023

Randall Gaylord was elected to a six-year term in November 2023.   Mr. Gaylord served as the elected prosecuting attorney and coroner in San Juan County from January 1994 to December 2022.  As the “last of the first responders,”  Mr. Gaylord worked closely with first responders from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue as well as the other fire and emergency medical personnel throughout the county.

Mr. Gaylord raised two children at the public schools on Orcas Island, where his wife Marny was one of the elementary school teachers.

Mr. Gaylord hopes to build on the leadership of those who have previously served as commissioners and to bring to the commission his depth of knowledge of municipal governance to assure a stable future for Orcas Fire and Rescue.

Phone: 360-376-3076 (voice, no text)

Open, Seat #4 (6-year term began 2024, next election 2029)


Open, Seat #5 (6-year term began 2020, next election 2025)


To reach a Commissioner, call the numbers or send a direct email to the contact information provided, or send an email to for the Board Secretary to forward.

Board Documents

Agendas, meeting minutes, resolutions, and other board documents can be accessed from our online repository.

Monthly Board Meeting

The Board of Fire Commissioners' (BOFC) regular meeting is held twice monthly at the Eastsound Fire Hall and is open to the public. Regular meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month at 3:00 pm. If the meeting falls on a holiday, it is moved to the following business day. Check our calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Board Documents

Board Meeting Schedule

Documents are typically available for viewing one day (24 hours) before the meeting date.

Regularly scheduled Board Meetings for 2024 will occur on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station, 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound, WA 98245. Any changes in date, time, or location are posted. Regular meetings are also available for viewing online using Zoom.  Online meeting links are posted under News on the OIFR webpage and social media the day before the meeting.

Board Packet documents are made available the week of the scheduled board meeting and are generally accessible 1-2 days before the meeting.

2024 Board Meeting Dates and Times

DateMeeting TypeTime
01/02/2024 (Tuesday)Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
01/16/2024 (Tuesday)Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
02/01/2024Special Meeting4:00 p.m.
02/02/2024Special Meeting3:00 p.m.
02/03/2024Town Hall/Special Meeting1:00 p.m.
02/05/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
02/08/2024Special Meeting5:00 p.m.
02/12/2024Special Meeting5:00 p.m.
02/20/2024 (Tuesday)Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
02/26/2024Special Meeting3:00 p.m.
03/04/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
03/18/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
04/01/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
04/15/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
05/06/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
05/20/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
05/30/2024Special Meeting3:00 p.m.
06/03/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
06/10/2024Special Meeting3:00 p.m.
06/17/2024Regular Meeting (recessed)3:00 p.m.
06/21/2024Regular Meeting (continued)3:00 p.m.
07/01/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
07/15/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
08/05/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
08/19/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
09/03/2024 (Tuesday)Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
09/16/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
10/07/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
10/21/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
11/04/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
11/18/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
12/02/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.
12/16/2024Regular Meeting3:00 p.m.

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