Emergency Medical

EMS Services

Pacific County Fire District 1 began providing advanced medical life support to South Pacific County in 1998. Approximately eighty-five percent (85%) of the calls to Fire District 1 are requests for medical assistance. In addition to answering 911 calls, the District also responds to local hospitals and extended care facilities for transport of patients to higher level care facilities in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Vancouver, and Portland.

Delivery of pre-hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) requires a high level of skill and expertise; and, as in the hospital and clinical settings, medical technology changes frequently. Fire District 1 strives to keep abreast of these changes through Continuing Medical Education (CME) and by reviewing and testing the newest and most up-to-date equipment. Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) today provide some of the most advanced pre-hospital emergency care known to the world. Paramedics and EMTs can provide many of the highly technical treatments that are administered in hospital emergency rooms.

EMS Funding

The EMS Division is funded by a combination of ambulance user fees and EMS levy tax dollars. Carefully spent, these funds enable us to maintain the high level of service our citizens and visitors have grown to expect. Fire District 1 has also been successful in procuring grant monies. With these grants, we have been able to keep up with valuable and ever-changing medical technologies and equipment.

How much is an ambulance user fee? The amount varies, depending on the level of care provided in the ambulance. (Click here to see ambulance base rates.)

Our Personnel

Pacific County Fire District 1 employs highly trained and educated personnel who are devoted to providing excellence in their profession. These dedicated men and women pride themselves in their ability to provide the highest level of emergency care and treatment; as well as their caring, compassionate approach to each of their patients or prospective patients.

Since the decision in 1998 to operate its own ambulance service, the EMS division of Fire District 1 has grown to thirteen full time paramedics, one volunteer paramedic, six full-time EMTs, and nineteen volunteers who are medically trained to the level of EMT or First Responder.