If you go to the fire station on Oak Bay Road, or call their office, you will probably be engaging with Administrative Assistant Tanya Cray. Tanya began serving with Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue in March of 2008. She is originally from Port Townsend but moved to Port Ludlow to live with her future husband. She holds two degrees, one in Sociology and one in Social Services from Central Washington University.

The best part of her job is interfacing with the people she works with. The hardest part is listening to the stories of people that have suffered in accidents or fires. A memorable occasion for Tanya was when she was the victim of an April Fools’ joke shortly after being hired. Dealing with the staff was a whole new experience.

Cray lives in Quilcene with her husband Jared. She enjoys hunting, fishing, and working on their property. She says she is an open book… “what you see is what you get.” Taking her job in 2008 was one of the best decisions she has ever made.

This article was previously published in the March 2021 edition of the Port Ludlow Voice.

Meet Collene Funk, who started work at Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue in 2017 as an office clerk. In 2018 she became an Emergency Medical Technician and she now serves as an emergency medical services volunteer.

Collene has spent most of her adult life in the Pacific Northwest except for three years when she and her husband lived aboard a sailboat in the Caribbean. After finishing a tour of the islands, they moved to Port Ludlow in 2014. The couple have been married for thirty-three years and have two adult daughters, both living in Oregon.

Her interests away from work include reading, sewing, and physical fitness. She has run five international marathons to raise awareness and financial support for the American Diabetes Association and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Although she joined Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue because she wanted to help others, she feels the reverse to be true, and appreciates that she has been helped tremendously by the training and mentorship she has received. She says the hardest part of her job is seeing people in pain. The best part of her job, she says, are her co-workers. “It’s a privilege to work with such terrific crews.”

This article was previously published in the February 2021 edition of the Port Ludlow Voice.

The longest part of our winter season usually begins in January and runs through March. Our winter weather often brings windstorms and subsequent power outages.

Here are some suggestions from your fire department to get you safely through the winter months:

  • If you are dependent on life-sustaining medical equipment, register your equipment with PUD. Be prepared to provide PUD with a letter from your physician verifying the need for the equipment you use. You can reach PUD Monday-Friday at (360) 385-5800 if you have any questions.

  • Use battery-operated lights rather than candles if the power goes out. Do not use propane or kerosene-fueled lamps indoors. Outside solar yard lights can be used inside to help light your home if the power goes out. Simply bring them in and place them in a tall flower vase or empty liter-sized soda pop bottle. Put them back outside during the day to recharge.

  • If you have a generator, keep it outside and run a cord to the inside of your house.

  • If you use an electric space heater of any kind, make certain it is three feet away from anything flammable. Be sure to unplug it before going to bed at night.

  • Never use gas ovens, gas ranges, barbecues, or propane or kerosene heaters indoors. They use oxygen and create carbon monoxide that can cause suffocation.

  • Be sure to put fresh batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors. If you need help replacing those batteries, contact Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue at (360) 437-2236 for assistance.

  • Jefferson County Dept. of Emergency Management strongly encourages residents to check their emergency supplies before winter comes. Consider getting some easy to fix meals such as soup or hot cereal that can be prepared on a camp stove or outdoor grill that is used outdoors on your deck or patio.

Stay warm and safe this winter. If you have any questions, please call me at (360) 437-2236 or email me at brad.martin@plfr.org.

This article was previously published in the January 2021 edition of the Port Ludlow Voice.


Fire Station No. 31

7650 Oak Bay Road

Port Ludlow, WA 98365


Monday through Friday, 
8:00 am – 4:30 pm


Brad Martin


(360) 437-2236


(360) 437-9184


(866) 367-2291

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