The People Behind San Juan Island EMS

We are proud of our dedicated and talented EMTs, Paramedics, Administration, and our popularly elected Commissioners.

Our team provides the best 9-1-1 response, transport, and injury prevention services possible to our island residents and guests. We hold national recognition as a top agency in patient satisfaction as nationally ranked by EMS Survey Team, and one of the best places to experience a cardiac emergency as reported by the CARES Registry.

Please take a moment to look through our website to see your friends and family members proudly serving through San Juan Island EMS. We are always looking for your feedback and suggestions to improve our service delivery and outreach services.


Just a few of our many volunteers, to see more click the More Volunteers button below.

Jeff Asher

Erin Graham

Erin was an island baby, but grew up in Sequim. She returned to San Juan Island in 2012. She works with children and is a Lieutenant with San Juan Island Fire and Rescue. She loves riding her motorcycle, camping, and work parties. She became an EMT in

Dave Stanford

Dave Stanford, NREMT is one of our new EMTs. Details to follow.

Michael Hartzell

Michael Hartzell, NREMT has been an EMT since 2013 and on San Juan Island since the mid 90’s.  Michael enjoys being an EMT so that he can give back to his community.  Michael works full time as a fire fighter with District 3 Fire on San Juan Island.

Robin DeLazerda

Robin DeLazerda, NREMT has been an EMT since 2013 and volunteers as a way to give back to her community.  She has lived on San Juan Island for 16 years.  In her free time she enjoys being with her family and exploring our beautiful island.  Robin works full

Lt. Gabe Conway

I’ve always admired anyone in the EMS field, so when the opportunity presented itself to join the San Juan Island EMS family, I jumped at it!  The ability to be able to help those in the community is something I greatly enjoy doing and hope to do

Karen Chadwick

Karen Chadwick, NREMT has been an EMT since 2013.  She has lived on San Juan Island for 4 years but has family on the island for over 20 years.  Karen enjoys being an EMT so that she can give back to her community.  Karen is self employed and

Clayton Banry

Clayton Banry joined EMS in the fall of 2012 and serves as a volunteer Operations Assistant.  Clayton participates in most if not all scenario based skills assessment training and has become a valuable voice in patient care feedback.  He is always willing to help and offers a

Lt. Michael Henderson

Michael Henderson has been an EMT since 2011.  He has lived on San Juan Island for 15 years. Michael became and EMT to help others when they need it most.  When not responding to 911 calls or working on his 67′ mustang, Michael is busy at work

Lt. Steve Brumsickle

Lieutenant Steve Brumsickle, MS, NREMT, CNA is one of our newest EMTs and a longstanding science educator here on island. He works full-time in the Emergency Department of the local hospital and serves as co-lieutenant of Bravo Team.

Lt. Madeline Harmon

Lieutenant Maddie Anderson, EMT, CNA  is a skilled EMT. She works full-time at the local hospital and also serves as co-lieutenant of Foxtrot Team.

Steve Alluise

Steve was selected as EMT of the Year in 2004 and 2006. For the past 2 years Steve has been the only EMT to be the recipient of The Fank Wilson Award (responding to over 500 calls in a year). Steve built his home where he and Ann Marie live with their Australian Shepard Brewster.

Dan Bacon

Dan has been a volunteer EMT with the San Juan Island EMS since completing his training in 1992. He was named EMT of the year in 1998. Dan provides excellent patient care and responds at all hours of the day and night to emergency requests.

Brad Creesy

Brad has been an EMT with San Juan Island EMS for many years. He also serves as the Training Officer of the San Juan Island Fire Department.

Tom Eades

Tom Eades, BA, EMT came to San Juan Island in 1988, to answer a job opening in Dispatch at the Sheriff’s Office. Besides an accomplished EMT, Tom also serves as Lieutenant for San Juan Island Fire. A native of Oak Harbor, he grew up in Renton and

Ofc. Deborah Grimes

Debbie Grimes is a long standing EMT of over 15 years. She is one of our CPR evaluator/educators and helps us all keep current in this area. Debbie’s main life focus is her son, Austin, and helping her island community. She does both with a patient, even keeled passion. She works for Island Convalescent Center in the area of Central Supplies and Medical Records. She is always ready to give a smile and a helping hand. We are more than lucky that she has chosen EMS to be the recipient of her extra time.

Tad Lean

Tad has been with the department since early 2006. (He was in our last class!) He says he joined because he wanted to gain more skills to better serve his community. Tad is married and has 4 kids, which keeps him busy when he is not working for the San Juan District Fire and delivering propane for Petro San Juan.

Lt. Herb Mason

Herb Mason NREMT, WEMT first joined San Juan EMS as an EMT in 1985. After 2002 he took a couple of years off then recertified again in 2005. Herb is a long time islander, and is certified as a Wilderness EMT, Marine Rescue Tech., Air Ambulance EMT and

Ofc. Francis Smith

EMS Officer Francis Smith, MS, EMT was born in Paisley, Scotland. After immigrating to the U.S. after a 10-year stopover in Canada, he went to school in California (UCLA, USC, Pepperdine and a stint at Berkeley at the height of the hippy movement) and became a high


Weyshawn Koons

Weyshawn Douglas Koons, MFA, CCEMTP, NRP, SEI, serves as the Director of Emergency Response for San Juan Island EMS. She moved to the island on Thanksgiving Day in 1981. Weyshawn took the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) class ten years later, and fell in love with pre-hospital care.

Noah Waldron

Noah joined San Juan Island EMS, in the winter of 2008, he joins his Brother Ben who is also an EMT. Noah was born and raised on San Juan Island and is a second generation EMT. Noah currently works as a Carpenter and is an outdoor enthusiast.

Kyle Davies

Kyle Davies, BA, NRP is our newest paramedic but one of our most longstanding agency providers with many years as an EMT under his belt before graduating from the Harborview Paramedic Program in 2012.  Kyle is also a pilot and active community members and serves as our

Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelson started in EMS 1997 after a visit to the island turned into permanent residence here.Ryan began working full-time with us in January 2008. He has been working with Skagit Medic One for over 7 years. In his free time, he is an avid skier and sea, surf and whitewater paddler.

Full Time EMTs

Ian Randall

Ian is a great sport, especially when it comes to the 3am calls. Inbetween work and being a father of two young boys Ian likes to spend time riding his bicycle, dancing, playing games of all kinds, making pizza and Lego creations with his toddler.

Jesse James

Kati English

Kati completed her EMT certification in 2016 and is a reserve Lieutenant for EMS. She volunteers as a firefighter for San Juan Fire District 3 and also works as an ER Tech at Peace Island Medical Center. She also likes to spend time with her ridiculously large

Lt. Humberto Orozco

Lieutenant Humberto Orozco, EMT is a private business owner here on the island and serves as co-lieutenant of Delta Team.


Interim Chief Karl Kuetzing

Karl has been a resident of Friday Harbor for 17 years, and became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), in 2012. He is a nationally registered EMT, Washington State EMS evaluator, wilderness EMT, SOLO wilderness medicine instructor and a First Aid/CPR/AED instructor through the American Heart Association. A

Dir. Lainey Volk

Lainey leads our efforts in injury and accident education and prevention here at EMS. She has received numerous awards for her efforts in heading up our public education campaign, teaching thousands in CPR and first aid, and coordinating our car seat and helmet program. In her spare time, she enjoys sailing, flying and spending time with her children and grandchildren.