May 15-21, 2022 is National EMS Week. I want to take this opportunity to thank the paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters who provide emergency medical service in our community.
Benton County Fire District 4 also wants to thank taxpayers for supporting our EMS program. EMS accounts for 63% of all our emergency calls. Thanks to you, we are able to respond with highly-skilled paramedics who provide Advanced Life Support which is the highest level of care possible.
Our EMS program is funded through a property tax levy for emergency medical services. Voters last approved an EMS levy rate of $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2016. We are asking our community to renew it at the same rate later this year. We welcome your questions, and invite you to be part of the public process.
Chief Paul Carlyle