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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

401 5th Avenue, Suite 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-296-4693
Fax: 206-296-4866


Medic One/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is standing by to help you 24 hours a day with a system that provides a continuum of care that assures every patient the emergency medical attention they need. Learn more by watching our streaming video located on the right side of this page.
What's New at King County EMS
Delivering Quality Emergency Services to Vulnerable Populations
Published by the University of Washington's Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, July 22, 2014.
King County has world's highest survival rate for cardiac arrest
Someone who has a cardiac arrest in King County has a greater chance of survival than anyone else in the world, according the latest analysis by county officials. The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013. By comparison, the cardiac survival rates in New York City, Chicago, and other urban areas have been recorded in the single digits.
King County Council passes ordinance to place a 6-year, 33.5-cent Medic One/EMS levy before the voters in November, 2013
This 33.5-cent levy rate supports the programmatic and fiscal proposals contained in the Council-adopted Medic One/EMS 2014-2019 Strategic Plan, and is the rate that the EMS Advisory Task Force endorsed in July of 2012. The levy is estimated to support approximately $696 million in services over the next six years, and will cost the average homeowner about $107 a year.
Medic One/EMS 2014-2019 Strategic Plan*
*Notice: The plan was updated per Regional Policy Committee action on 4/10/2013
On Monday, May 6, 2013, the King County Council unanimously adopted the Medic One/EMS 2014-2019 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is the primary policy and financial document that will direct the Medic One/EMS system into the future. It provides a general description of the programmatic services to be supported throughout the levy period, along with a financial plan and levy rate to implement the recommendations. As the result of a nine-month all-inclusive planning process, the Strategic Plan reflects the collaborative efforts from public and private regional partners, cities, the King County Executive and the EMS Division.

Related news release (5/6/13): County Council approves blueprint for emergency medical service system.

Shockingly Simple campaign

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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Center for the Evaluation of EMS (CEEMS)
Community programs
CPR/AED training programs
Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) program
EMT/BLS training for local fire departments
Medical control and quality management program
Strategic planning and data management

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Shape Up! Seniors encouraged to remain active to reduce falls

The Shape Up campaign is designed to get seniors involved with physical activity programs at eight community centers: North Bellevue Community Center, Bitter lake Community Center, Loyal Heights Community Center, Burien Senior Center, Mt Si Senior Center, Sno-Valley Senior Center South Bellevue Community Center, and Northshore Senior Center.