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Support the Fire and EMS levy | Letter

On Feb. 12, Lopez voters will have the opportunity to approve the first levy increase since 2004 for local fire protection and emergency medical services. There are many people on Lopez who have had first-hand experience in receiving the help they needed, when they needed it. Twenty-four hours of every day, a well-organized, well-trained and equipped team responds quickly and professionally whenever needed.

This is possible not only because of the rigorous and demanding training that is required of our paramedics, volunteer EMTs, and firefighters, but because of the quality leadership that the department enjoys. The working relationship of the chief, the board, and personnel results in a high level of morale, dedication, and cooperation, which is reflected in the quality and efficiency of the services provided.

Another important benefit of this leadership is the provision of knowledgeable and responsible strategic planning, which is done in 10 year increments, to sustain and improve emergency response into the future.

This levy request will add 16 cents to the 67 cents per $1,000 evaluation currently collected, and will carry through the year 2022. There isn’t a better bargain around. Support the levy. Help Lopez Fire and EMS, so they can continue help you.

Jeff Nichols

Lopez Island

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