Northwest NEWS

March 20, 2000

Valley Special

Temporary paramedic services added in Duvall and Carnation area

   Beginning March 15, paramedic services will be increased temporarily for the Duvall/Fire Protection District 45/Carnation area. This addition is intended to help maintain appropriate service levels during the closure and replacement of the NE 124th Street bridge (Novelty Bridge) over the Snoqualmie River.

   These supplementary paramedic services will be in place between 3 and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, until the bridge replacement process is complete. This effort will ensure that critically ill or injured patients receive prompt paramedic treatment during the peak rush hour times of the week.

   "The residents of Duvall and Carnation should feel confident that Medic One services will continue to be available, should they need them," said Dr. Alonzo Plough, Director of Public Health-Seattle and King County.

   The bridge closed on March 15. Construction of the new bridge is expected to be completed by October 2000.

   "This effort reflects the excellent partnership that exists between paramedic service providers, fire departments and King County," added Plough.

   The auxiliary services for the Duvall and Carnation area are being provided by a number of agencies, including Evergreen Medic One, Fire District 45 in Duvall, Public Health-Seattle & King County, and Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District. Additional paramedics will be mobilized from King County Medic One and the Shoreline Fire Department as needed.

   The supporting agencies will contribute the following:

   The agencies will work together to monitor the operations of the unit in order to measure the effects of the bridge closure on emergency medical response.