The East Umatilla County Health District was formed in 1988 to better serve the communities of Athena and Weston during medical emergencies. Today, the ASA-5 (ambulance service area) serves over 400 square miles with a year round population of over 4000 in the communities of Athena, Weston, Helix, Adams, and Tollgate.
We respond to more than 269 calls per year serving our 'in-district' and 'out of district' patrons. Our coverage area borders with the Pendleton Fire & Ambulance Service as well as the Umatilla Tribal Fire & Ambulance Service to the South, the Millton-Freewater Rural Fire & Ambulance to the North and to the Union County line on Highway #204.
The District is comprised of one full time Paramedic/Administrator, a training officer/ supply officer and several volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians. Medic 400 is a State Certified Advanced Life Support ambulance based in Athena, Oregon.
Our revenue comes from property taxes levied at the rate of 0.14 cents per thousand dollars and our taxing district is the same as the Athena-Weston School District. In November of 2015, voters approved a $.50 per thousand 5-year operating levy. On November 8, 2016, the voters voted to dissolve the current District and voted to establish new boundaries and form a new District-The East Umatilla County Ambulance Area Health District. The old tax rate and levy will end and a new tax rate of $1.00/thousand will take effect on July 1, 2017.
We have mutual aid agreements with the Athena Volunteer Fire Department, East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District in Weston, Helix Rural Fire Department, Pendleton Fire Department, Tribal Fire Department, and Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department and Ambulance. We also work closely with LIFE FLIGHT Network.