Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue is hosting two public meetings to answer questions about its levy renewal for emergency medical service (EMS). The request is on the August 3, 2021 Primary Election ballot.

The Fire District is asking voters to renew the EMS levy for another six years at the same rate of $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed property. Voters last approved the EMS levy in 2015 and it will expire at the end of the year if not renewed.

The virtual meetings will be held Wednesday, July 28 at 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 29 at 6:00 p.m. Community members can access the meeting on CKFR’s website at www.ckfr.org.

The EMS levy funds both Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) care to residents. Basic Life Support (BLS) uses nationally certified Emergency Medical Technicians for non-critical calls, such as first aid, basic CPR, and administering some medications.

ALS is the highest level of care available delivered in the field by Paramedics who are nationally certified through 1,800 hours of life-saving training. These medical professionals can start IVs, surgical procedures to clear airways and stop serious bleeding, and provide advanced cardiac life support.

The EMS levy costs the average homeowner (defined as a home having an assessed value of $400,000) $200 per year. The assessed value of a home is less than its market value. Kitsap County determines a property’s assessed value and levy amounts are calculated on that basis.

More information about the EMS levy renewal can be found on the Fire District’s website at www.ckfr.org. Fire Chief John Oliver also is available to answer questions at (360) 447-3566 or joliver@ckfr.org.