South Whidbey fire district presents levy

South Whidbey Fire/EMS has invited community members to attend an upcoming meeting of its board of commissioners.

The meeting will be held at the Freeland fire station, 5535 Cameron Road. The public is invited to share thoughts about a proposed 15 cent levy increase to support the volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

More than 75 volunteers from the South Whidbey community work 25,000 hours each year responding to calls for fire and emergency medical services. Last year, volunteers responded to 1,900 emergency calls.

Fire Chief Rusty Palmer said South Whidbey’s fire district taxpayers save approximately $1.15 million per year with a volunteer fire protection service instead of full-time personnel.

The public is encouraged to attend and comment on the proposed levy, which is being considered for the November election. Those unable to attend may mail written comments to the fire station, or email them to Palmer at

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