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Medic One/EMS levy renewal process

The region recently undertook an extensive planning process to develop a Strategic Plan and financing plan (levy) to fund our world-renowned Medic One/EMS system. The process was overseen by the EMS Advisory Task Force, and included regional leaders, decision-makers, and Stakeholders representing all parts of the system.

On September 18, 2018, after months of meetings and a great deal of discussion, the Task Forceendorsed recommendations outlining the services that the county-wide voter-approved EMS levy will support. The core of the Task Force's recommendations is a six year, 27-cent Medic One/EMS levy.

The recommendations were forwarded to the King County Executive's office, which is developing the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan based on the proposal. Ordinances transmitting the Strategic Plan and a levy rate will be introduced at the King County Council in the near future. Stay tuned for update on this process.

Download: EMS Advisory Task Force, Sept. 18, 2018 recommendations

For information about upcoming meetings, visit our Medic One/EMS levy planning process webpage or contact Helen Chatalas, Assistant EMS Division Director, at, 206-263-8560. You may also use our online contact form.

2018 King County EMS Annual Report

This report provides an in-depth look at the wide range of day-to-day regional activities that, in their totality, allow the EMS program to deliver world-class, life-saving care.

King County EMS Community Medical Technician Pilot III: Final Evaluation Report

As part of its commitment to provide the absolute best emergency medical care to the region, the Medic One/EMS system of Seattle and King County has undertaken strategies to more efficiently react and respond to various needs from the community. The Community Medical Technician (CMT) is one approach piloted over the course of two levy periods to test methods for managing the impact of low-acuity calls on the EMS system. This report highlights the outcomes of its most recent iteration, along with its development and transition under the umbrella term of Mobile Integrated Healthcare, or MIH.

For additional information on CMT or MIH, please contact Erik Friedrichsen at, or 206-263-1457.

King County EMS Saves $334,000 Annually by Switching to IM Delivery of epi by EMTs
Journal of Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services: Actions needed to address upcoming retirements and workforce diversity

The King County Auditor's Office recently completed an assessment confirming the King County EMS system's need for cohesive strategic workforce planning and diversity efforts. The attached report recommends steps that could be taken at a regional level to address potential equity, financial, and staffing challenges.

Medic One/EMS 2014-2019 Strategic Plan

The Medic One/EMS 2014-2019 Strategic Plan is the primary policy and financial document that will direct the Medic One/EMS system into the future.

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