Chaplains Program

The Marysville Police Department and Fire District Chaplains program is served by five volunteer on-call chaplains. When called out at the discretion of officers, medics or firefighters, their mission is to serve the emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of individuals in times of crises, trauma or distress.

While the term “chaplain” carries religious connotations, they are more aptly considered “Crisis Support Personnel” on the scene. Our Chaplains unit serve the greater Marysville area and also work with other agencies that request their expertise.

Chaplains undergo a minimum of 100 hours of training that includes the Chaplains’ Academy held at Washington Criminal Justice Training Center (WCJTC) in Burien. In addition, they have ongoing training that equips them with the skills to safely and effectively function in emergency response environments. Additional training includes Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), pastoral/psychological components, legal liability, substance abuse and suicide intervention. In partnership with the International Confederation of Police Chaplains and the Federation of Fire Chaplains, the chaplains continue to sharpen their skills and develop a network with other chaplains. Their certification complies with ICPC and FFC national standards as develop by law and fire agencies.

Marysville Crisis Support Chaplains:
We are pleased to have the following members assigned to the Marysville Chaplain Unit; 
  • Greg Kanehen, Marysville Free Methodist Church (Chaplain Crisis Support Coordinator)
  • Victor Rodriguez, Marysville Free Methodist Church
  • Tom Albright, Marysville United Methodist Church (retired)
  • John Mason, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
  • Dennis Niva, 92nd Street Church of Christ in Marysville
Police Commander Jeff Goldman and Fire Chief Martin McFalls are liaisons to the Chaplains Program.