Clarkston's EMS Rescue One Levy
CLARKSTON, WA —
Since 1977, the Rescue One Levy for the Clarkston Fire Department has passed every year it's been on the ballot. And now the fire department is asking for the voters support again.
Emergency responders say the rescue one levy is crucial for them to provide services.
"We respond to nearly 2,000 calls a year as an ambulance responder," said Chief Steve Cooper.
Clarkston Fire Department Rescue One provides emergency medical and ambulance services for all of the city. "These paramedics respond to emergency calls throughout the community. If there's someone who is sick or injured they go and take care of them," explained Chief Cooper. But providing these services costs money. "There's personnel costs which include salaries and benefits, there's supplies that we use every day, then there's the capital expenditure items like replacement of ambulances or the cardiac monitor," said Chief Cooper.
The cardiac monitor is one tool, that EMT and parametric Dan Sokoloski says is crucial for our community. “We have a lot of elderly people in our community, it’s our number one tool that we use in the field especially in cardiac," said Sokoloski. And that's where the Rescue One Levy comes into play.
It helps pay for items like the cardiac monitor and many others. "The Rescue One Levy pays for all the stuff. It pays for our wages and the supplies. And if we didn't have rescue one, we wouldn't have any of that stuff in the bar," said Sokoloski.
The levy combines with user fees to pay for the services they provide. Chief Cooper said "The levy that folks are voting on this year is a continuance of that levy. There's a modest increase of a nickel a thousand dollars in value."
Chief Cooper said the levy is crucial. "We could not operate an ambulance without that money."