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Dear Editor, 

In this special election, Camano Island Fire and Rescue is asking voters to help pass the current Emergency Medical Services levy renewal request. This levy is aimed at funding EMS operations, including: paramedic staffing, medication and equipment, training, and purchasing medical supplies, allowing CIFR to provide the best service possible.

CIFR employs 28 full-time and 15 part-time employees, all trained at different levels ranging from EMT-basic to paramedic. CIFR responds to any and all emergency calls, with 70% of them being EMS type calls. This levy has helped CIFR provide a certain level of service, and if passed will ensure that level is maintained and continuously met.

This is the same levy passed in 2015 at a rate of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The rate is limited by law, which means it will not change until it expires at the end of this year. This is not a new tax, but must be voted on every six years for renewal. 

CIFR believes and stands by the term “neighbors helping neighbors.” This February, members of IAFF Local 4033, North Snohomish County Union Firefighters, ask voters to use their voice, help their neighbors and renew this levy.

Roberto Guadamuz

Camano Island

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