We last added a paramedic unit 15 years ago and since then Whatcom County has grown by more than 40,000 people. We need to expand our emergency medical services system to maintain our fast response when people call for help.
Prop 1 is a dedicated source of funding for emergency medical services. This is a 29.5-cent levy that will cost the owner of the average home, assessed at $250,000, $74 per year. That’s 20-cents a day for a fast response if you need to call for help.
By state law, the EMS levy can only be used for emergency medical services:
“Service would be diminished…resulting in increased response times to emergency calls.”*
The levy was put on the ballot through unanimous votes of Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham, after a unanimous endorsement by the 15-month EMS Executive Oversight Board. For more information, including letters of support from all Fire Chiefs, Fire Commissioners and Fire Districts in Whatcom County, along with the 52-page recommendation from the EMS Executive Oversight Board.
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City of Bellingham
(Bellingham, WA) – Today local emergency medical first responders spoke out to clear up misinformation put forward by the Committee of Public Safety, a group formed to oppose the emergency medical services (EMS) levy on this November’s ballot.
“This isn’t about partisan politics for us, this is about saving lives,” said Robert Glorioso, President of Bellingham/Whatcom County Firefighters... (Read More...) EMS Saves Lives Campaign Committee ( October 31, 2016 )
Three sent to Harborview after Monday morning wreck on Lummi Shore Bellingham Herald ( October 24, 2016 )
Teen driver, four passengers hurt in crash on Lummi Reservation Bellingham Herald ( October 24, 2016 )
City council hears pitch for Emergency Medical Services levy The Northern Light ( September 28, 2016 )
Man rescued after fall from 20-foot cliff at Larrabee State Park Bellingham Herald ( August 15, 2016 )
Bellingham man crashed over a cliff, but was able to call for help Bellingham Herald ( August 12, 2016 )
Whatcom voters will be asked to raise property taxes for EMS Bellingham Herald ( June 2, 2016 )
Bellingham cops, medics train to get aid to victims sooner Bellingham Herald ( April 2, 2016 )
Hiker rescued after 40-foot fall into water at Larrabee State Park Bellingham Herald ( March 6, 2016 )
Hiker rescued near Nooksack Falls Bellingham Herald ( January 24, 2016 )
LUCAS 2 survivor story Lucas-CPR.com
Marisa Bamesberger moved to Bellingham in 2009. She had spent 11 of her 13 years as an RN in emergency departments and currently works as a nurse team lead at St Joseph Medical Center's Emergency Department.
Karlee Deatherage is a life-long Washingtonian and moved to Bellingham in 2009 to study at WWU. After graduating, Karlee has worked on local campaigns, served as Congresswoman Suzan DelBene Outreach Coordinator in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, and currently works for RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.
I was born and raised her in Bellingham, I have been on the City Council since 1993, and have worked at Bellingham Cold Storage for 41 years.
April Barker is a Bellingham Council Member. She relocated to Bellingham in 1999 to attend a WWU graduate program.
Barry Buchanan is currently serving his first term on the Whatcom County Council. His first term began January 2014.
Erica has lived in Whatcom County since 1988, and is the community educator for South Whatcom Fire Authority. She is also a medical trainer for the Mt Baker Ski Patrol, and has been on the Whatcom County EMS Council for 14 years.
Dr Weiche has worked at St. Joseph's emergency department as an attending physician and assistant facility medical director for the past 13 years. His family includes two active boys and together they enjoy a variety of outdoor and athletic adventures.
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