EMS Levy Renewal

EMS accounts for 78 percent of all our emergency calls.

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One is asking voters to renew the community’s levy for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) on the November General Election ballot.

In 2021, EMS calls accounted for 78 percent of all emergency calls. Since 2016, EMS calls have increased 16.7 percent. In the first six months of 2022, EMS calls were 12.4 percent higher than the same period in 2021.

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One provides “Advanced Life Support,” which means its EMS program includes highly skilled paramedics who have advanced medical procedure training and certification. Renewing the EMS levy means Gig Harbor residents will continue to receive the highest level and quality of emergency medical care.

What is Advanced Life Support?

Advanced Lift Support is the highest quality level of EMS care available. Paramedics can start intravenous lines, administer medication, provide advanced airway management to help patients breathe, and can interpret EKG readings of a heart attack patient, among other lifesaving medical care.

The fire district funds Advanced Life Support through an EMS levy that is capped at $0.50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The district’s levy rate of $0.50 cents that was approved by voters in 2016 has since dropped to $0.44 cents. The district is asking voters to renew the EMS levy at the original amount.

The $0.06/$1,000 increase would cost $2.50 per month ($30 per year) for the owner of a $500,000 home. If approved by voters, funding would maintain service levels to support a 24-hour emergency medical response with highly skilled paramedics providing Advanced Life Support. The EMS levy also pays for any ambulance transport costs for residents that exceed what insurance companies, Medicare or Medicaid pay.

Fire Chief Dennis Doan welcomes further questions at 253-851-3111 or ddoan@gigharborfire.org.

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