Hundreds could lose paramedic coverage in Grays Harbor County

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 7 at 7:16 PM

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. -- Come February first, paramedics may not respond to 911 calls in the rural fire district surrounding McCleary.

Voters in Grays Harbor Fire District 12 defeated a levy in November to raise property taxes to pay for emergency services.

Paramedics in neighboring District 5 currently provide that medical coverage, but their chief informed the state today, they will not respond to service calls beginning in February.

“People don’t want to pay taxes anymore, we understand that,” said District 5 Chief Dan Prater.

He said not being able to afford to respond to calls is something everyone in the fire station fears.

“If something was to happen, a tragedy, and we’re right here and could have made a difference, it’s going to break our hearts,” said Prater.

District 12 Fire Commissioners are trying to come up with alternatives.

The district is hosting a public hearing on the matter 7p.m. Thursday, January 10, at the Fire Hall in McCleary.

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