Skagit County EMS meeting leaves many frustrated

  • Source: Skagit Valley Herald (
  • Published: 05/17/2018 08:52 AM

A meeting of Skagit County’s emergency medical services stakeholders Tuesday left several frustrated. The meeting was intended to address budget and strategic planning for the county’s ambulance system. Several of those in attendance expressed unhappiness with how unprepared the county was to lead the discussion. Voters will decide in August on a increased EMS property tax levy. Jeff Sargent, director of the county’s EMS Department, said he felt the meeting was a success, and he’s confident stakeholders will bring new ideas on how to improve the ambulance system to the next meeting in mid-June. “We got everyone in the room and talking (about) tweaks to the system,” he said. “This is their opportunity to drive change.” Several in attendance disagreed, saying they are unclear about what the county is looking for.


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