King County Medic One

The King County Medic One system is a collaboration between the University of Washington’s Michael K. Copass, MD, Paramedic Training Program at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Fire Department, King County Public Health, local fire agencies and hospitals with the aim of giving excellent prehospital care to all citizens of King County.  This program has an international reputation for cutting edge medical treatment and data based quality improvement.

The King County out of hospital cardiac arrest save rate is consistently among the best in the world.  Our success is based on many factors, including:

  • Citizen CPR Training
  • Public access to defibrillators
  • Fire dispatch centers that use advanced dispatch protocols and instruct callers on how to provide care before Fire/EMS arrival
  • Well trained Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Highly skilled Paramedics
  • Strong working relations with local hospitals

These are often enhanced by law enforcement, security personnel and trained civilians who often carry defibrillators and render aid prior to Fire/EMS arrival.

The City of Bellevue Fire Department is here to provide aid to the communities we serve, for us there is no higher priority.  We look to the residents to be a member of our team through citizen CPR/AED training, rapid reporting of emergencies and honest feedback concerning our services.

King County Medic One Paramedics

Medic One parDr. Michael Copass, founding physician of the University of Washington School of Paramedicineamedics are graduates of the University of Washington / Harborview Medical Center paramedic training program. This comprehensive and intensive 3,000 hour course is recognized as one of the best in the world with international agencies routinely visiting to pattern their services after this successful service delivery model.

Paramedic trainees receive training including, but not limited to:​

  • Cardiology
  • Pharmacology
  • General acute medicine
  • Advance airway and respiratory therapy
  • Trauma including, burns, orthopedic injuries, triage and extrication, and fluid resuscitation

Trainees acquire knowledge and skill through clinical rotations in local hospitals, primarily Harborview Medical Center, and while riding on Seattle Fire Department Medic Units under the direct supervision of Senior Seattle Paramedics.

Upon graduation paramedics must attend continuing education classes and be recertified every 2 years.

King County EMS


450 110th AVE NEPO Box 90012Bellevue, WA 98009


425-452-6892 (General)

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