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Public Health - Seattle & King County

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
  • 2015 Annual Report
    "Measure and improve" is the motto that has led King County EMS to becoming the exceptional system that it is today. Since its creation nearly forty years ago, the system has continually focused on reviewing its performance and determining how it can do better. This year's report features efforts underway to consistently move forward and provide users with "the highest possible..." - the highest possible standards and practice of medicine; degree and delivery of training; pursuit of innovation and science-based strategies; and confidence in the system's management and transparency. See past reports...

  • Why King County's EMS is the best in the world: Q&A with Mickey Eisenberg
    Those of us here in King County are lucky enough to live in one of the best places in the nation (perhaps, the world) for emergency response. Our cardiac arrest survival rate, the gold standard in emergency response, has been documented everywhere from academic journals to the Wall Street Journal, and our system is studied far and wide.

  • Delivering Quality Emergency Services to Vulnerable Populations
    Published by the University of Washington's Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, July 22, 2014.

  • Proclamation by the King County Council in recognition of 2015 EMS Week (PDF)

  • 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.

  • 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.
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

Publications and specific programs

King County Medic One
  • King County Medic One homepage
    • The Medic One System
    • Video overview on Medic One
    • Historical background
    • Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic (MICP) - Scope of Practice
    • Research and education
    • Paramedic photo gallery

Keeping in touch

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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.