During EMS Week May 21-27 I would like to take this opportunity to thank the men and women who work at Upper Kittitas County Medic One for their dedication to serving all of Upper Kittitas County. There is never a doubt in the minds of our community that when 911 is called for an emergency medical concern, Medic One will respond, just as we have steadfastly done for the last 40 years. As a community that has been pegged as the next “Paradise” due to our high fire danger and limited routes to escape a fire emergency, many would be surprised to know that roughly 85-89% of all 911 calls are for emergency medical services. Whether the call is for a heart attack, a stroke, a motor vehicle crash, a fall, or some other emergency condition, Upper Kittitas County Medic One responds to the call for assistance. Approximately one half of the calls for assistance result in transport to a hospital. For the remainder of the calls, treatment is provided on the scene by a trained professional EMT or Paramedic. The only time Medic One bills for a service is when the patient is transported, which translates into 50% of the time the services provided are subsidized by the EMS and Hospital District 2 levy that is supported by voters.
As President of the Board of Commissioners of Hospital District 2, which owns and operates Medic One, I couldn’t be more proud of the service we provide to the community. As Commissioners, we monitor quality metrics and on average, Medic One arrives on scene to care for you within 3:58 minutes of your call.
While Upper Kittitas Medic One is the only Advanced Life Support ambulance provider in Upper County, our EMS system relies on Basic Life Support providers and First Responders who assist in emergency care. Many of these First Responders are volunteers. During EMS Week I would also like to thank all of our partners who assist us in the field with mutual aid and who continue to respond to Basic Life Support calls. Our community is fortunate that we have decades long collaboration between our Fire Districts and Medic One.
A final thank you to the voters who supported our EMS and Hospital Levy in the fall. While the levies didn’t pass, your continued support is essential to ensure that Upper Kittitas County Medic One is always able to respond to your call for help when needed and to provide treatment on the scene when you are fortunate enough to not need to be transported to the hospital.
If you see the Medic One crew out and about this week, join me in giving them a big “thank you”.