Skagit County’s Department of Emergency Medical Services debuted Tuesday the framework for a plan to revise the ambulance system.
At a meeting of EMS stakeholders, county EMS Director Jeff Sargent presented an eight-point list of initiatives the department wants to implement during the next six-year EMS levy cycle.
“The idea with these initiatives is ... in the first two years, to get them up and running,” Sargent said.
Voters will decide on a new county EMS levy on Aug. 7
The list of initiatives includes allowing EMTs to transport patients who don’t need care from a more highly trained paramedic.
Bryan Harrison, Burlington city administrator, said the list represented a positive change.
The group of stakeholders from cities, ambulance providers and fire districts has been asking the county to define what changes are possible for the EMS system, said Harrison, who is also a member of the Central Valley Ambulance Authority.
He said having a list of initiatives is helpful in narrowing possibilities.