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Every year more than 300,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – a condition in which the heart unexpectedly stops beating. It can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time, even to those with optimal heart health.

And when it occurs – seconds count. The Shockingly Simple campaign is aimed at increasing purchases and registration of AEDs by businesses and organizations in Seattle and King County. Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/aed.


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401 5th Avenue, Suite 1200
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-296-4693

Fax: 206-296-4866

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2020-2025 Strategic Plan

On May 8th, King County Councilmembers Balducci and Dunn introduced the Medic One/EMS 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and levy ordinances. Outlining the services that the county-wide, voter-approved EMS levy will support, the Strategic Plan provides a comprehensive approach to ensure the EMS system can continue meeting its commitments. It is the direct result of an extensive planning process recently undertaken by regional leaders, decision-makers, and Stakeholders representing all parts of the system.

The Plan and accompanying levy proposal are making their way through the legislative process at the King County Council, as well as being discussed at city councils throughout the region. For more information on the EMS Strategic Plan and levy proposal, please contact contact Helen Chatalas, Assistant EMS Division Director, at helen.chatalas@kingcounty.gov, 206-263-8560. You may also use our online contact form.

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 helen.chatalas@kingcounty.gov, 206-263-8560. You may also use our online contact form.


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