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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
Heart attack survival rate continues to climb in King County
The survival rate from cardiac arrest in King County has reached an all-time high of 57 percent, according to a new report released on Sept. 4, 2013 by King County Executive Dow Constantine. Most other parts of the nation have survival rates that hover around 10 percent. "People are alive today in King County who would not have survived in most other places in the country," said Executive Constantine. "Our EMS/Medic One system delivers rapid, high-quality critical care wherever you are."
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.

Financial Review & Compliance Audit of the 2011 Emergency Medical Services Levy (PDF)
The King County Auditor’s Office recently released its EMS levy Financial Review and Compliance audit. For the fourth year in a row, findings were positive. The Auditor reported that the financial operations continue to be managed in accordance with the EMS levy financial plan and policies. The Auditor’s mid-levy review confirmed that adequate funds will be available for the duration of the current levy, and reported that the EMS Division has made substantial progress in implementing the 2008 and 2009 EMS levy audit recommendations. Finally, the Auditor stated that the total BLS allocation provided to agencies was reasonable, but the method for distributing funds could be improved for greater equity and transparency. The County Executive concurred with the audit findings and recommendation.
2010 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy Financial and Compliance Audit
The King County Auditor's office completed its 2011 review of the 2010 EMS financial practices and costs of EMS dispatch services provided primarily by two independently operated dispatch agencies. Results were again favorable and supportive, with the Auditor concluding that EMS financial operations were managed in accordance with the EMS Levy financial plan and policies.

Publications and specific programs
Annual reports and other publications
Center for the Evaluation of EMS (CEEMS)
Community programs and education
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.