PLAN FORWARD FOR INTEGRATION OF EMS AND FIRE
The process of integrating EMS and Fire will be a process involving many steps, and it’s very exciting to see this extensive planning process move towards implementation. First planned is an agreement for administrative management of EMS by the Fire District, pending approval from both governing Boards in September or October 2019.
A draft agreement for this Administrative Services agreement is available here (and is currently being revised). A special joint meeting between the Fire District and the Hospital District to discuss and take action on this plan has been deferred to mid-to-late October to allow for further staff and commissioner input. The agreement will be discussed during the Sept 25th hospital district meeting and the October 9th fire district meeting, and then together later on.
Moving forward, it is planned that in the April 2020 election the annexation of the Town of Friday Harbor into the Fire District will occur to ensure that as EMS is moved under the Fire District that there is no loss of services. As the current EMS District covers the Town, but the Fire District does not, this is an important step.
Likewise, the current EMS District covers the outer islands of Johns, Stuart, Henry, Speiden, and a number of other islands, but the Fire District does not. These islands are also expected to be annexed in the April 2020 election, or by a petition of property voters. You can find petitions and more information below. This will preserve EMS service for these islands, and a merged service will provide adequate funding for a more comprehensive EMS service and Fire protection.
Once the Fire District and EMS boundaries are the same, in the fall of 2020 or 2021, a funding vote will be held so that the Fire District can begin providing EMS service directly, while the current provider will cease collecting revenue. EMS service will then be fully provided by the Fire District.
Keep in mind this is a plan! It’s not set in stone. But this is broadly the plan proposed by the steering committee.
OUTER ISLANDS ANNEXATION PETITIONS (Johns, Stuart, Henry, Spieden, etc.)
There are two methods for annexation, one for voters, one for property tax owners. Please call our office at 360-378-2857 and ask for Nathan if you have questions (or email, firstname.lastname@example.org). We have gone to Stuart Island twice, and are planning to go to Johns and Henry to discuss this project. Click here for an informational pamphlet explaining this project (designed to be a trifold pamphlet, print double sided on the short edge)
VOTER PETITION FOR ANNEXATION . This petition requires 15% of voters to be put on the ballot, following approval by the county council. If 60% of voters sign no vote is necessary. It must be approved by the Fire District Board.On the address line include your local address (i.e. on Johns, Stuart, Henry, etc.), not your mailing address. This petition must be printed double sided or it will not be valid.
PROPERTY OWNER’S PETITION FOR ANNEXATION This petition requires 60% of landowners by property area (i.e. those who own 60% of the property) and does not require a vote of the public. It must be approved by the Fire District Board. On the address line include your local address (i.e. on Johns, Stuart, Henry, etc.), not your mailing address. This petition must be printed double sided or it will not be valid.
For questions, Stuart Island residents should contact our office, Rhys Spoor, Kipp Carroll, or Randy Thompson.
MAIL PETITIONS TO:
San Juan Island Fire and Rescue
1011 Mullis St
Friday Harbor, WA 98250