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Special Election 

Election on the

EMS Levy for the

City of Pateros is 

August 4, 2020 

Ballots in the Mail,

July 2020

Facts and Figures

  • EMS stands for Emergency Medical Services

  • Ambulance service is owned and operated by Douglas Okanogan County Fire District 15

  • Ambulance service is operated by EMS levy Dollars and on a self-supporting income basis, not by Fire District 15 fire suppression tax dollars. 

  • Services over 10,400 people within the Fire District 15 boundaries and the communities of Brewster, Pateros, and Methow. 

  • Fire District 15 also services the people living in Douglas County, across the Columbia River from the end of Crane Orchard Road to Bridgeport Bar area and around Bridgeport. 

Please contact Douglas Okanogan County EMS with any questions at 


EMS Station: 509-689-4041



District Office

412 W. Indian Ave

Brewster, WA 98812

  • A (6) year levy for EMS funds.

  • Up to $0.50 per $1000 assessed valuation.

    • That's $50 on a $100,000 dollar home.

      • That's $3 more per year from the previous Levy, that's less than a cup of coffee.​

  • Tax rates may decrease over the six year term.  

What Am I Voting On?

  • Possible increase in current ambulance costs.

  • Increased response times

  • Down grade service from Advanced Life Support (ILS) to Basic Life Support (BLS).

  • Revert back to an ALL Volunteer Based Service

  • Possibility of no EMS from Fire District 15. 

What Happens If the Levy Fails?


  • Total Response area in Douglas and Okanogan Counties: 250+ square miles.

  • Respond to over 550 calls for service a year.  That number is on trend to rise.​

  • Five (5) full time medical personnel

  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians

  • Ten (10) plus volunteers

  • Governed by a Board of Commissioners.

Awarded a 1 million dollar grant to improve the EMS station. 

  • New Sleeping Quarters​

  • Decontamination Room

  • Additional Apparatus Bay

  • Conference Room that can and has been utilized by the community.

Have certified car seat technicians available to inspect and install child car seats​.

Provide Safe Sitter and Safe at Home for the youth of the community.

  • Classes are made possible from  the Injury Prevention Grant Program. ​

Provided numerous Community Our-Reach Programs​

  • Sepsis Awareness​

  • Hands Only CPR

  • Bike Rodeos

  • Life Jacket Loaner Board​ in the community

Accomplishments in the Last 6 Years

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