The Board of Fire Commissioners for South Whidbey Fire/EMS approved a five-year Strategic Plan.

The Plan identifies how South Whidbey Fire/EMS will meet the challenges to service for an aging population and increasing emergency call volumes. The top initiatives in the Plan are to improve survival chances for victims of fire and emergency medical calls. A key result of this plan was a Levy Lift which was approved and has allowed the district to hire 11 firefighter/emergency medical technicians and replace aging start replacing aging apparatus. The Strategic Plan also calls for improving the community’s fire insurance rating. This rating is linked to the amount home and business owners pay in insurance premiums. Staffing and apparatus deficiencies resulted in the insurance rating being downgraded in 2018. The changes being implemented, along with other changes called out in the strategic plan can improve the insurance rating.