Thank You from Chief Kevin O’Brien
We would like to thank the Lake Stevens community for voting to pass a recent lid lift for our Emergency Medical Service program. EMS is the emergency service our community relies on most, and your support means we will be able to maintain service levels.
This is a period of growth for Lake Stevens, and our fire district is up to the challenge because of your support. I encourage you to read our Strategic Plan (available on our website under News & Info/Publications Archive) and learn how we plan to meet the increasing demand for emergency services.
Thank you for partnering with us to save lives and property. Please feel free to contact me personally with any questions or concerns at (425) 212-3044 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Kevin O’Brien
Call volumes for EMS alone have increased 35 percent in six years. Revenue isn’t keeping up with the demand for service. The fire district is limited to a one percent revenue increase per year. However, the demand for and cost to provide service is higher than that. The levy funding the EMS program that voters approved in 2017 will restore funding to 50 cents per $1,000.
In 2016, Lake Stevens Fire responded to 5,655 calls, and 76 percent were EMS-related. The EMS lid lift will continue to fund Basic and Advanced Life Support with 14 full-time and part-time firefighters and paramedics responding 24 hours a day. In addition to emergency personnel, funding is used to replace ambulances, maintain existing apparatus, training and certifications, medical equipment, and first aid supplies.
Another possible revenue source is voter-approved bonds, which pay for capital expenses, such as stations, fire engines and ambulances. Lake Stevens Fire has no bond payments at this time.
Media Releases / EMS Levy Lid Lift
EMS Levy Lid Lift Update (PDF) - December 14, 2017
Letter to the Editor from Commissioner Steinruck - December 12, 2017
Letter to the Editor from the Chief - November 8, 2017
Public Meetings re EMS Levy Lid Lift (PDF) - October 5, 2017
EMS Saves Lives (PDF) - September 21, 2017
Letter to the Editor from the Chief (PDF) — August 24, 2017
Call Volumes up 7.3% for Lake Stevens Fire YTD (PDF) — August 10, 2017
Grants and Partnerships Help Supplement Funding for Lake Stevens Fire (PDF) — July 27, 2017
Letter to the Editor (PDF) — June 30, 2017
Board of Fire Commissioners Passes EMS Levy Lid Lift Resolution (PDF) — June 15, 2017
Fire Strategic Plan Includes Emergency Services (PDF) — May 24, 2017
Dispatch Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue 2 (PDF) — May 23, 2017
Board of Fire Commissioners to Consider Resolution for EMS Levy Lid Lift (PDF) — May 18, 2017
Board of Fire Commissioners will consider EMS Levy Lid Lift (PDF) — March 23, 2017
Lake Stevens Fire: Emergency Call Volumes Up 35% in Past Six Years (PDF) — January 26, 2017
Dispatch Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue 1 (PDF) — December 2, 2016
For more information on budgets and expenses, see the reports below.