ECFR will ask voters to renew EMS levy in August primary

Levy funds paramedic-ambulance response within fire district, which covers 10,000 residents in unincorporated Camas, Washougal and Vancouver

The Board of Fire Commissioners for East County Fire and Rescue (ECFR) are asking voters to renew the fire district’s emergency medical services (EMS) levy in the August primary election.

In 2014 East County Fire and Rescue voters approved a six-year EMS levy for $0.35 per $1,000 of assessed property value (APV). That levy will expire at the end of 2020 unless voters approve a renewal.

If approved by the voters, this measure will authorize East County Fire and Rescue to continue its EMS property tax levy for another six years at a rate not to exceed $0.35 per $1,000 APV. Approval of the levy will continue to fund the paramedic-ambulance response within the fire district.

The EMS levy helps the ECFR district obtain, operate and maintain emergency medical vehicles and facilities manned by properly trained emergency medical technicians and other medically trained personnel. The levy also helps fund medical supplies and medical appliances to equip those vehicles and facilities and provide the level of service deemed necessary by the ECFR Board of Commissioners.

ECFR serves 10,000 people over 60 square miles in the unincorporated areas of Vancouver, Camas and Washougal. For more information about the EMS levy, visit ecfr.us.

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