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"Traveling Interstate 90 is a beautiful evergreen experience. However, on this most dangerous stretch of the state’s major east-west corridor... the medical response capacity is limited."

Sid Morrison, WA State Secretary of Transportation 1993-2001

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We must be prepared when…

… a major accident occurs
… accidents happen simultaneously
… you need the nearest trauma center
… I-90, I-82 or Blewett Pass closes
… an airlift cannot fly due to weather
… you need medical care

Life Support is dedicated to raising the needed funds to enhance medical services within Upper Kittitas County. The EMS and medical infrastructure must advance now. Recreational use is growing at an alarming rate that will only serve to add more limitations to an already underserved area.

The four distinct seasons, enjoyed by the thousands of residents that live here, attract over 2 million visitors annually. In addition to those who come to “play”, 12 million people pass through this stretch of I-90 en-route to other destinations each year.


Map of Service Area

A Vast Response Area: The entire Emergency Medical Services area extends from Snoqualmie Pass Summit east to Elk Heights, from Quartz Mountain and Tamarack Springs to the south, and north to Salmon La Sac and the Alpine Lake Wilderness.

80% of the Upper County is publicly held by federal and state agencies. That land, while providing the rich views and recreational opportunities that make the area so desirable, contribute no tax base to local fire and rescue districts.


The critical need is to provide coverage for the 800 square miles: from exit 53 (Snoqualmie Pass) to exit 93 (Elk Heights) on I-90, including all adjacent communities and recreational areas along with the remainder of the county north towards Blewett Pass. Based on call volumes and activity Upper County Kittitas Fire and Rescue (District 7) is a large and diversified agency covering a multitude of different environments. They handle everything from major wildland fires to specialized rescue and all in between.

Their needs for covering a large area demand more equipment and personnel than other agencies. This is easily verified by the eight fire engines, one ladder truck, four aid cars (three are transport units) and brush fire units. It simply requires higher costs than those experienced by smaller agencies.

  • Complete build out of strategically placed fire station with EMS response units located at Exit 78 Golf Course road along I-90
  • Purchase 4 x 4 Ambulances, extrication, medical equipment and supplies

Completed construction at Lake Cle Elum (Recreational Area) Fire Station 78, and Fire Station 72 (North towards Blewett Pass/HWY 10).