The service was established in 1979, when voters approved the first tax levy to implement community-based paramedic service. The CFD, with an established, decades-long history of providing Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance service to the area, became the administrator of the new paramedic service.
This ambulance service is funded by an EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Levy process that requires periodic renewal, at least every six years. When the EMS levy appears on your ballot, it is important to realize that it is not a new tax, but a continuation of an existing voter-approved tax that is necessary to continue providing your paramedic ambulance service.
- The current EMS levy in Camas is 46¢ per $1,000 of assessed valuation (equal to $138 per year if you own a $300,000 home). It was increased by 11¢ in 2012 with voter approval, for only the second time since its inception in 1979, due to rising costs.
EMS levy funds are utilized to hire and train paramedics, to purchase and maintain a fleet of four ambulances, to provide EMS training to all other fire and EMS responders serving in the ambulance service area, and to replenish EMS equipment for the other fire districts in the ambulance service area.
From time to time, when the EMS levy renewal is required, we hope you will remember the times that your firefighters, first responders, and paramedics promptly came to the aid of you, your family or your friends and loved ones, a service that would not be possible without the continued cooperative support of the communities served.