EMS Levy renewal set for ballot in Feb. 2021

Nov. 17, 2020

UPDATE: Find current election results on the Island County Elections page. Note that election results will be certified Friday, Feb. 19. 2021

At its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 9, Camano Island Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to place a six-year EMS Levy renewal request on the ballot in February 2021.

The Levy renewal would continue the same rate approved by voters in 2015 – 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The current levy expires at the end of 2021 and represents approximately 25% of the District’s annual budget.

“Medical response has been, and will continue to be, a critical part of our work,” said Chief Levon Yengoyan. “On average, 70 percent of our calls each year are for EMS. That can be anything from concerns about high blood pressure, to a heart attack or stroke.”

All of the department’s firefighters are trained Emergency Medical Technicians, with an additional 10 paramedics who are trained in Advanced Life Support techniques like administering IVs or surgically opening a patient’s airway.

One hundred percent of levy funding supports EMS services, including training and paramedic staffing, medical supplies, and medications and equipment.