Letters to the Editor

Continue EMS North County Firefighters Assoc. Arlington

North County Firefighters currently have the privilege of providing emergency medical services to the residents of North County Fire and EMS. Some of the communities who we serve are Bryant, Freeborn, Warm Beach, Kayak, Lake Ketchum and Grandview just to list a few.

This service has been provided by the Fire Districts (14 and 18) for decades and is continually having to expand to help meet the demand due to population growth. The community's emergency medical services are one of the most vital services in our local communities and is greatly needed to keep our families safe and protected.

This service is currently funded by an EMS levy that was originally voted in at 50 cents per $1,000 and was set to expire at the end of its term. We are asking voters to restore the levy to its approved rate of 50 cents per $1,000 and have the levy ensured as a permanent EMS levy where the rate must be taxpayer approved not to ever exceed 50 cents per thousand. If this levy is not renewed, then our vital emergency medical services will not have designated funds to continue to help meet the demands of the community. The current funding supplies items such as on-duty paramedics, on-duty emergency medical technicians, EMS training, defibrillator's, aid and medic units, and most emergency medical supplies. The North County Firefighters believe that quality EMS should be provided to every resident of our great community and endorses North Count Fire/ EMS Proposition No. 2. Please help us and vote Yes to continue EMS, so that we may continue to keep you and your family safe.

Fred Zielie, President

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