Letters to the Editor

Keep your family safe with EMS North County Firefighters Association

North County Firefighters currently have the privilege of providing emergency medical services to the residents of North County Regional Fire Authority. Some of the communities who we serve are Bryant, Freeborn, Warm Beach, Kayak, Lake Ketchum, Sunday Lake, Lake Armstrong, Kackman, Mckee's Beach and Grandview just to list a few. This service continually has 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 the 50 cents per thousand. If you own a $300,000 home this would be an increase of 49.50 per year or the equivalent of only $4 per month. 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 local community and current staffing levels.

The current funding supplies items such as 24/7 days a week on-duty paramedics, on-duty emergency medical technicians, EMS training, defibrillators, aid and medic units and most emergency medical supplies. The North Count Firefighters believe that quality EMS should be provided to every resident of our great community and endorses North County Fire/EMS Proposition No. 1. Please help us and say Yes to Save EMS, so that we may continue to protect you and your family.

Fred Zielie, President

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