Your Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners is comprised of five elected fire commissioners operating under the auspices of Title 52 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). Commissioners have a statutory obligation to manage the affairs of the District and establish all District policies. Each fire commissioner is elected to serve a six year term through the Jefferson County Office of Elections. The day-to-day operations of the District are managed by the Fire Chief.
The PLFR Board meets on the second Tuesday of every month.
Time: 4:30 pm - Via Zoom (Until Further Notice)
Place: Fire Station No. 31
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Meet the Board—
Commissioner Carmody is a retired Fire Chief of the Yokusoka, Japan Fire Department. He has 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.
Chairperson, District Secretary
Commissioner Pontius has served as a Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue Commissioner for over fourteen years. In keeping with his background in the trucking industry, Bob serves on the district's equipment and facilities committee and is also on the labor/management committee. He is an alternate member of the JEFFCOM (911) board and is president of the Jefferson County Fire Commissioners Association. He notes that he is proud to be able to serve the community and the larger public through his fire commissioner role. Bob is a beef rancher living in the Beaver Valley area and the proud father of three children and three grandchildren.
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.
Commissioner Ron Helmonds has been elected to two six year terms beginning January, 2010. He has served as Chairman of the Board and has more recently been directly involved with the district’s finances. He has also served on the district’s safety committee. Ron moved to Port Ludlow in 2003 along with their son Jeff and daughter Desiree. Debbie, his wife of over 44 years passed in 2018. Ron owned and operated a chain of furniture stores in the San Francisco Bay Area with 8 retail locations and over 150 employees. Ron has an extensive background in business and property management, training and employee relations. After living in the Bay Area for nearly 45 years, the move north was a welcomed change. Ron was a past realtor with Coldwell Banker for 15 years and owner of Performance Property Management in Port Ludlow. Ron recently sold his property management business and is now retired from the business world. Helmonds enjoys all water sports including fishing, boating, sailing, and kayaking. He plans to spend more time in Mexico where he has a second home.
Commissioner Rossart and her family have lived in Port Ludlow since 2003. Upon moving here, she became a volunteer Fire Fighter / EMT for Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue. In January 2012, she began her six-year term as a fire commissioner. Raelene's business experience is in construction. She holds a degree in construction management, designs blueprints, and manages commercial construction projects for a local steel supplier. Prior to this, she worked as an ironworker for 13 years; the last five of which were as a general foreman. Some of her personal interests include soccer, skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, crabbing, camping, and hiking. Raelene serves her church as a member of the board and as a youth education teacher. She enjoys time spent with family and friends. Her biggest job and joy currently is raising her young son.