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Mount Vernon approves EMS agreement

October 5, 2018

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon City Council signed on to an agreement Wednesday that will make the four cities in Skagit County the primary providers of ambulance services in the county.

The council voted 6-0 in favor of the agreement, with Councilman Mark Hulst absent.

All four cities have approved the agreement that will shift responsibility for the bulk of ambulance services in the county to the cities by Jan. 1.

The county commissioners will vote at 1:30 p.m. Monday on final approval of the agreement.

Meanwhile, each of the cities are in the process of hiring paramedics from the Central Valley Ambulance Authority — the organization that now provides ambulance services to most of the county, and will be dissolved as part of this process.

Conversation was brief ahead of Wednesday’s vote, because the council had several briefings on the agreement as it has come together.

Councilman Joe Lindquist thanked city and county staff for their work.

Changes to the county’s ambulance system have been discussed off and on for more than a decade, and Lindquist said he was glad to finally see some follow-through.

“I’ve been on this council since 2005, and I never thought I’d see the day,” he said.

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