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Thurston County, Washington

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Medic One

First Tier is Citizen Involvement:

  • Medic One trains citizens to recognize an emergency; to recognize signs of a heart attack, stroke or other serious emergency; how to activate the 911 system; and how to perform CPR.

Second Tier is Basic Life Support (BLS):

  • 12 Fire Agencies provide BLS, supplemented by Medic One.
  • BLS is the first EMS on scene and backbone of the system.
  • BLS average response is under 8 minutes.
  • BLS units are staffed with 2 - 4 EMTs.
  • EMT training is provided by Medic One to the agencies, without charge.
  • Medic One provides supplemental BLS funding for Fire Agencies.

Third Tier is Advanced Life Support (ALS):

  • Seven paramedic units are strategically located in the County to reduce response time.
  • ALS service is provided through contracts with Olympia Fire Department, Tumwater Fire Department, and Lacey Fire District 3.
  • ALS response average is under 8 minutes.
  • Medic Units are staffed with two paramedics.
  • Paramedics perform life saving treatments, and rapid transport while providing care.
  • ​County-wide emergency help is provided as tiered response.

  • County-wide advanced paramedic care in 6.86 minutes is fast but, that may not be fast enough if you've stopped breathing, heart has stopped beating or are bleeding seriously.

  • Tiered response means that there is more than one level of EMS care.

  • The first level of EMS care is the informed citizen, the second is basic life support and the third level is paramedic advanced life support.

  • Tiered response helps improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Medic One/EMS System by matching the patient's emergency need with the right level of emergency response.

The first tier is our citizens...

  • The Thurston County Medic One/EMS system trains citizens on the importance of accessing emergency medical help quickly through 9-1-1.
  • The EMS system also trains citizens on how to perform Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the importance of recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack.
  • The EMS System is also becoming active in prevention.
    • Education is providing information on bicycle safety, trauma prevention and seatbelt safety.
  • Contact Medic One for a convenient CPR Class for you and your family (see CPR Training on this website).
  • Click here for CPR Training schedule