The Marysville Police Department and Fire District Chaplains program is served by six 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 Officers” on the scene. Chaplains provide emotional and psychological support for individuals and families facing crisis, death, suicide, DNR and death notifications. They serve the greater Marysville area and also work with other agencies including the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Tulalip Police and Washington State Patrol.
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:
Greg Kanehen, Marysville Free Methodist Church (Chaplain Crisis Support Coordinator)
Victor Rodriguez, Marysville Free Methodist Church
Tom Albright, Marysville United Methodist Church (retired)
Steve Schertzinger, Resurgence Ministries
John Mason, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
Sam Ford, Damascus Road Church (in training)
Each chaplain is on call for 24 hours on their given day of the week, and rotate one weekend every five to be on call. They have developed into a cohesive team, and have served in numerous settings of crisis support.
Police Lt. Darin Rasmussen and Asst. Fire Chief Martin McFalls are liaisons to the Chaplains Program.