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Thomsen: San Juan Island EMS, decades of exceptional service; Vote Yes on levy renewal

  • Written by Sally and Tim Thomsen

San Juan Island EMS, decades of exceptional service. Since 1976 San Juan Island EMS has provided qualified and compassionate emergency medical services on San Juan Island and in later years expanded to include the islands of Pearl, Brown, Johns, Stuart, Henry and Spieden.

San Juan Island EMS is a fiscally responsible public agency. It paid off its building bond 10 years in advance freeing up funds to train and hire a 5th paramedic. Its existing levy which expires this year was approved at .50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. This 6-year levy renewal request is 45 cents. This tells us the Board and Administrator have done some detailed budget planning. I appreciate their accountability to the public.

San Juan Island EMS is an agency whose staff understands and conducts themselves professionally as public employees. It ranks top in the nation in the quality of care they deliver and in patient satisfaction. Those of us who have lived here a while know that San Juan EMS has a long history of excellence.

The recommendations from the Citizen Advisory Group report to merge Fire and EMS is referenced by opponents as the reason not to renew this levy. This CAG study was started in 2018 and adopted in early 2019. That was a long time ago and is outdated. 2019 was pre-covid and 3 years later we all know that nothing is the same anymore. Lastly, in following the recommendations from the CAG, a ballot measure for the Fire District to operate EMS was voted down by the public just a few months ago,

If you want well trained, qualified and compassionate EMT’s and Medics to respond quickly and efficiently to your or a loved one’s medical emergency Vote YES to EMS levy this February.

If you want to see yourself or your neighbor prevent medical emergencies Vote YES to EMS levy and it’s community Paramedicine program.

And if you want to easily access First Aid and CPR classes for your employees, students and family members, vote YES to San Juan EMS levy and its extensive community education and prevention program at this February’s election.

Thank you.

Sally and Tim Thomsen

Friday Harbor