King County Fire Commissioners Association Representative
Fire Commissioner Larry Rude from King County Fire District 10
Formed in 1997, the EMS Advisory Committee (EMSAC) monitors the uniformity and consistency of the Medic One/EMS system. It consists of approximately 20 members representing all aspects of the EMS system and provides key counsel to the EMS Division regarding regional Medic One/EMS policies and practices in King County. Members convene on a quarterly basis to review implementation of the Strategic Plan as well as other proposals put forth, including Strategic Initiatives, consolidations and medic unit recommendations.
2018 EMSAC meetings (3rd Wednesday of the month, quarterly):
September 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tukwila Community Center, Social Hall
12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila, WA 98168
EMS Levy Update from Monday, 5/20/19
Dear EMS Advisory Task Force members,
I know it’s been a while since we’ve communicated on the levy planning process, but your hard work has certainly not been forgotten. For the past many months, we’ve been focused on drafting a comprehensive Strategic Plan that reflects all the heavy lifting that you did on behalf of our system.
I’m happy to report that Councilmembers Balducci and Dunn introduced the fruits of our labor at the King County Council today. The Strategic Plan is directly based on your recommendations - you’ll recognize the support for ALS, the commitment to MIH, and the inclusion of reserves to protect the system from any unforeseen financial risks. The updated Financial Plan, based on the March 2019 financial forecast, now shows that a 26.5 cent levy rate will fully support our programmatic needs, including the reserves in their entirety. The EMS levy ordinance reflects this new rate.
We have 10 weeks to complete the final stage of our process - getting our 11 largest cities, and the county council, to support placing the levy on the ballot. Executive and EMS staff have already started work to get the EMS levy on your councils’ agenda, but can use your help. Please feel free to contact Helen Chatalas to schedule briefings on the levy package so we can make our July 10th deadline.
Thank you, again, for giving us your time, insight and expertise so that our nationally-recognized system can continue to thrive far into the future. We appreciate all you have done.