Emergency Medical Services

Since its inception the City of Bellevue Fire Department has considered medical aid to be an import aspect of their mission.  Every Bellevue firefighter has either an emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic level of medical training.  In 2017 the Bellevue Fire Department responded to 19,825 calls for service; of these over 78% were for medical assistance.  Excellence in the delivery of emergency medicine is a major focus and priority of our organization.

Medic crew with patient being placed into ambulance

The Bellevue Fire Department provides basic life support (BLS) and advance life support (ALS) services coordinated through the King County Emergency Medical Services (KCEMS) system. We are committed to providing exceptional pre-hospital emergency medicine and to maintain the public trust through the delivery of compassionate, courteous and professional treatment of those placed in our care. We commit ourselves to continuously improve the quality of our care and services, partnering with the citizens we serve to further strengthen the "chain of survival" such that Bellevue and King County remain one of the "safest places in the world to suffer a heart attack."

In addition to the BLS services provided in the City of Bellevue and our partner communities of Newcastle, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point, Clyde Hill and Medina, the Fire Department's comprehensive emergency medical services program currently operates four ALS Medic One units, which provide a high level of patient care to approximately 250,000 Eastside and Snoqualmie Valley residents spread over a 301-square mile area. 

To better serve residents the Bellevue Fire Department became the second paramedic program in King County in 1972; just two years after the Seattle Fire Department pioneered the concept.  Today Bellevue is one of five agencies that provide advanced life support (ALS) services to all of King County.  Our Medic One program covers the communities along the I-90 corridor from the floating bridges to Snoqualmie Pass.

Battalion Chief Dave Beste

Commander, EMS Division

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BC Beste joined the Bellevue Fire Department in 1994, and has spent the majority of his 23 year career at Stations 1, 2 & 3, the three largest and busiest fire stations in the city. Known for an impeccable attention to detail, his previous experience in the elevator Industry guided his development of the department’s standard operating procedures and lesson plans for elevator rescues. In addition, he has served on international committee’s which have been responsible for the creation and adoption of building and fire codes used throughout the U.S. and Canada pertaining to the use of elevators during fires and building evacuations.  

Currently BC Beste serves as the commander of the Emergency Medical Services Division of the Bellevue Fire Department overseeing the delivery of BLS services in Bellevue and it’s contract cities, as well as the ALS Medic One services for the eastern region of King County.


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