We’ve compiled a list of often asked questions about the Medic One Foundation. If you need further information, please contact the Foundation office at (206) 744-9425 or e-mail the Foundation office.

What is the difference between Medic One and the Medic One Foundation?

Medic One:

  • Is funded by a voter-approved levy and provides emergency medical care to residents of Seattle and King County.Copy 20
  • Relies on levy funding for paramedic salaries, vehicles, medical equipment and supplies.

Medic One Foundation:

  • Is privately funded and raises money to support paramedic training and continuing education, targeted research, and medical oversight of paramedic performance.
  • Creates program enhancements that have set the standard for pre-hospital emergency care in the U.S. and around the world.

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Who provides Medic One Services?

Calls to 911 are triaged at dispatch centers throughout King County. Firefighters trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) are dispatched to provide Basic Life Support. In the event of a critical or life threatening illness, Medic Units staffed by paramedics are dispatched to provide Advanced Life Support. In contrast to EMT’s, paramedics can administer a variety of drugs, open airways and perform other, more technically advanced emergency medical care.

There are six paramedic provider agencies throughout King County:

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What is the geographic impact of the Foundation’s Support?

Medic One Foundation provides funding to train paramedics for emergency services providers throughout the Puget Sound Region, including Arlington, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Camano Island, Edmonds, East Jefferson County, Everett, South King County, Lynnwood, Marysville, Orcas Island, Redmond, San Juan Island, Seattle, Shoreline, Snohomish County Fire Districts #1, #7, and #8, Vashon Island and Whatcom County.

Other Foundation-funded programs, such as patient care quality improvement and research, have direct and indirect benefits that influence pre-hospital emergency care around the world, through shared protocols and published research findings.

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Don’t taxes cover all the costs for providing Medic One Services?DSC_0194copy

Property taxes cover the basic operating costs of Medic One services. But they don’t fund all the programs that are essential to the quality of care that we currently experience. The Foundation has established a private/public partnership that advances the highest standards for Medic One services—not unlike private/public partnerships that are equally significant for other important institutions in our area, such as our public schools, universities, libraries and parks. Your support will ensure that this level of quality care continues to be available, now as well as in the future.

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How does the Foundation impact the quality of pre-hospital emergency care?

  • The Foundation guarantees rigorous paramedic training and continuing medical education that is experienced-centered and under the guidance of University of Washington physicians.
  • The Foundation ensures the quality of pre-hospital emergency care through independent medical review—continuously evaluating Medic One services, monitoring treatments and outcomes and developing new approaches to improve survival.
  • The Foundation sponsors targeted research on methods to improve patient outcomes and prevent sudden cardiac death.
  • The Foundation equips emergency medical service providers by funding special equipment needs to help them in better serving their communities.

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What is the history of Medic One and the Medic One Foundation?

Medic One began with a basic need and focused vision.

The Seattle visionaries who founded the Medic One program in the late 1960’s believed that bringing an advanced life support system right into the home of a heart attack victim could improve the chances of survival with early pre-hospital intervention. These visionaries were the late Gordon Vickery, Chief of the Seattle Fire Department, and Dr. Leonard A. Cobb, a University of Washington cardiologist.

In concert with the Seattle Fire Department, Dr. Cobb conducted a study to determine whether lives could be saved with pre-hospital care and whether non-physicians could provide high quality care with remote physician guidance. He found that they could—and  Seattle Medic One was born.

Incorporated in 1974, the Medic One Foundation’s mission is to raise money to support excellence in pre-hospital emergency care. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors composed of physicians and community leaders. Building upon the basic emergency medical system infrastructure funded by taxes, the Foundation focuses on developing and sustaining programs that are critical to providing the highest quality of care and increasing the number of lives saved.

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How can I contribute to the Medic One Foundation?

Call or email the Medic One Foundation directly at (206) 744-9425 or e-mail info@mediconefoundation.org. In addition, this website offers detailed information for contributing to the Foundation.

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Where can I get more information about the Foundation?

More information is available by contacting the Medic One Foundation at (206) 744-9425 or e-mail info@mediconefoundation.org.

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