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401 5th Avenue, Suite 1200
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-296-4693

Fax: 206-296-4866

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King County Emergency Medical Services
2019 Annual Report

The EMS Division's 2019 Annual Report showcases the variety of disciplines needed to pursue excellence in serving our community. Every year, it allows us to highlight those lesser seen programs and activities that help make the "lights and sirens" part of our system so effective. As the final year of this levy period comes to a close, the 2019 report provides us the perfect opportunity to reflect on how our initiatives have become deeply rooted in our everyday practice.

Facts about the Medic One/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system

On June 26, 2019, the King County Council passed King County Ordinance 18931 placing a 6-year, 26.5-cent Medic One/EMS levy before the voters in the November 5, 2019 general election.

Learn more about the Medic One/EMS system serving Seattle and King County, and what the levy would fund if approved by voters.

2020-2025 Strategic Plan and Levy

On June 26, 2019, the King County Council unanimously passed both the Medic One/EMS 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and EMS levy measures, clearing the way for the 6-year, 26.5-cent EMS levy to be placed on the November 2019 general election ballot.

The Plan and levy are the direct result of an extensive process recently undertaken by regional leaders, decision-makers and Stakeholders, to ensure the EMS system can continue meeting its commitments into the future.

The levy rate of 26.5 cents/$1,000 AV means that an owner of a $500,000 home in the region will pay $133 in 2020 for some of the nation's most highly-trained medical personnel to arrive within minutes of an emergency – at any time of day or night, no matter where in King County.

Download: Medic One/Emergency Medical Services 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

For information on the EMS Strategic Plan and levy proposal, please contact Helen Chatalas, Assistant EMS Division Director, at, 206-263-8560. You may also use our online contact form.

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