Chief Ryan Shaughnessy came to the Tulalip Bay Fire Department with 22 years of experience in the Washington State fire service.
Chief Shaughnessy started his career in 1996 as a volunteer firefighter on Camano Island. He became a full-time firefighter in 2001, and moved up the ranks to serve as a lieutenant and a captain. In 2017, he accepted a position as Assistant Fire Chief with Snohomish County Fire District 21 and served as Acting Fire Chief for the Tulalip Bay Fire Department through an interlocal agreement. In 2018, the Board of Fire Commissioners for the Tulalip Bay Fire Department offered him the position of Fire Chief and he accepted.
Chief Shaughnessy graduated the Fire Academy in 1998 as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. His advanced skills in Marine Rescue have led to teaching and developing programs for other fire agencies in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Chief Shaughnessy is a graduate of the Officer Development Academy of the King County Fire Chiefs Training Division, and is completing an undergraduate degree in Fire Administration.
Chief Shaughnessy is a native of Camano Island, where he lives with his wife Jamie and their three children. In his spare time, Chief Shaughnessy and his family are always on the water where they enjoy fishing, crabbing, and water sports.
Deputy Chief James Reinhardt is a 30-year veteran of Washington State’s Fire & EMS services. While still on active military duty, he received his EMT training in 1989. In 2000, he became an Advanced Life Support Paramedic and is a recent graduate of the Hennepin Community Paramedic Program. He is one of only a handful of Paramedics in Washington State to have completed this nationally recognized program.
Chief Reinhardt’s experience spans multiple roles and work environments. These include a Pediatric Mobile Intensive Care Unit, Providence Emergency Department and many years of Pre-Hospital care in five Washington State Counties. In addition to his role as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Reinhardt’s passion and focus is on Community Paramedicine, an innovative integration between Fire/EMS and other healthcare and social services that takes a proactive approach in keeping our most vulnerable citizens healthy and safe.
James is an artist in multiple mediums and a blacksmith. He has an art studio at his Camano Island home where he and his wife Myra live. They have two children.
Erin joined the Tulalip Bay Fire Department in November 2018 after 16 years as a Pharmacy technician.
Erin grew up on Camano Island where she currently lives with her husband Jared and 2 children. She is excited to be a part of the Tulalip Bay Fire staff and to serve the Tulalip community.