Medic 1 fee hike for new emergency personnel approved in Port Angeles

  • Source: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
  • Published: 05/18/2017 11:01 AM

Would you rather pay higher fire insurance rates on your home and get nothing or a higher Medic 1 fee for emergency medical services to hire new firefighter-paramedics? Facing that conundrum, Port Angeles City Council members Tuesday night resoundingly acceded to Fire Chief Ken Dubuc’s request for new emergency personnel, the department’s first new staff in 26 years. Council members voted unanimously to increase fees July 1 by 33 percent to residential ratepayers and 32 percent to commercial-business ratepayers to pay for four new firefighter paramedics, a jump from 12 such fire department employees to 16 by 2022.


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