Voters in rural fire districts across the North Beach were approving measures to pay for emergency medical care or acquire new equipment in the first election return released Tuesday night.
In the Ocean City-Copalis Beach area, voters in Fire District 7 were approving Resolution No. 013-005 Proposition No. 1 “for the purpose of providing emergency medical care and ambulance services.”
There were 183 yes votes (75 percent) to 61 no votes (25 percent) for the measure that will allow District 7 to pay for increased ambulance costs in its contract with Ocean Shores to provide ongoing service.
Fire District 8 in Moclips/Pacific Beach was receiving wide support (79.19 percent approval) for Resolution No. 15 Proposition No.1 to acquire an aerial ladder truck
Voters in Fire District 16 were approving two measures: Resolution 013-002 Proposition No. 1 for maintenance, operations, and capital facilities had 70.59 percent approval; and Resolution No. 013-003 Proposition No. 2 to provide emergency medical care and ambulance services had 65.1 percent approval, with 97 votes for it and 52 against the measure.
District 16 has been struggling to keep up with bills to the city of Hoquiam for emergency ambulance service, and the district was in danger of losing its service until it recently began a repayment plan.
The Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office will release the next round of results on Friday at 3 p.m.