The Board of Fire Commissioners for Woodinville Fire & Rescue has adopted a resolution in support of the Medic One EMS levy renewal. At the October 7 Board meeting, the commissioners unanimously voted to support the levy that will appear on the November 5th ballot. If approved by voters, the levy will fund Medic One and King County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for six more years.
"This levy is critical to fund the world-class system that exists here in King County, of which Woodinville Fire is a part," commented Board chair Tim Osgood. The Medic One program started in Seattle in 1970 and currently serves a region of roughly 2 million in population. Every three minutes units respond to a medical emergency.
"The King County Medic One program is known throughout the nation and the world as the leader in cardiac arrest survival and outstanding patient care," said Osgood. The 2012 statistics for cardiac arrest survival in King County has increased to 57 percent, far surpassing the national average of 12 percent. Osgood pointed out: "The EMTs and paramedics in King County are highly trained and skilled professionals who continually seek ways to increase patient survival. Without the Medic One levy, we would not be able to maintain such amazing survival rates."
The proposed levy rate is 33.5 cents per $1000 AV and would cost the average home owner $107 per year. The current levy rate that expires at the end of the year is 30 cents. The 33.5 cent rate will maintain existing services and allow for services needed to meet future demand.