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Frequently Asked Questions about the EMS Renewal Levy

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The City of Shelton, with Central Mason Fire & EMS, is asking voters to renew our EMS levy to continue to fund emergency medical services for the City of Shelton. This is a replacement levy that will appear on the August 2, 2022 ballot. We've gathered some frequently asked questions about EMS services within Shelton, and you can view those questions and answers below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is on my ballot?
The City of Shelton and Central Mason Fire & EMS are asking voters to renew our EMS levy at the rate of 50 cents or less per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. Placing this measure on the ballot was approved by the City Council, by passing Resolution 1227-0222.

Why are we asking for this?
Funding for EMS services will expire at the end of this year, if not approved by voters. 

When does the current levy expire? When would the new one begin?
The current levy is set to expire on December 31, 2022. If the replacement levy is approved by voters, it would begin on January 1, 2023.

How will the levy amounts change?
Since this is a replacement levy, the levy amounts will stay the same. The proposed levy rate is 50 cents or less per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.

Who pays for the EMS levy?
Property owners pay the EMS levy through their property taxes. 

What types of EMS care do we currently receive?
The EMS levy funds both Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) care for residents.

Not all emergencies are the same and may require varying levels of care provided by an Emergency Medical Technician, or EMT. EMTs are specially trained to provide both non-emergent and emergency services, including injury/illness prevention, evaluation, stabilization, resuscitation, and transport as needed. EMTs receive about 200-240 hours of training for initial certification. EMTs are often the first to arrive at a scene, and provide BLS services. This means they are trained in CPR, basic trauma and wound care, and are able to treat some illnesses and provide certain medications, outlined by the Medical Program Director.

Paramedics are responsible for providing Advanced Life Support (ALS). They begin as EMTs and receive an additional 1,500 hours of training that covers more in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Essentially, paramedics work as an extension of the emergency room. Paramedic skills include, but aren't limited to, administration of various medications, interpretation of cardiac EKG/12 leads, emergency airway procedures including intubations (breathing tubes), and surgical airways.

What does training consist of for EMS providers?
Training consists of classroom learning and hands-on training in the classroom, hospital, and field before taking a National Registry Test and a local protocol test. EMTs and paramedics work under protocols/standing orders that lay out treatments approved by the Medical Program Director in Mason County. EMTs receive ongoing education to meet the criteria outlined by the Department of Health and recertify every 3 years.

How many EMS calls have Central Mason responded to in Shelton this year?

Central Mason has responded to 921 rescue and emergency medical services calls within Shelton city limits, through May 31, 2022. Rescue and EMS calls make up 70.57% of the total calls Central Mason has responded to in Shelton in 2022 (as of May 31).

Has the number of EMS calls increased or decreased for the City of Shelton?
The number of EMS calls within Shelton has steadily increased over the past 3 years.

Year Number of Calls for EMS  Total Number of Incidents Percentage of EMS Calls in Total Number of Incidents
2020 2,100 2,658 79%
2021 2,211 3,007 74%
2022 (through May 31) 921 1,305 70.5%

I have more questions. Who can I contact?
Central Mason Fire & EMS can be found online at cmfe.org.  You can also contact CMFE by phone at 360-426-5533 or by email at info@cmfe.org.