ATOKA, OK -- Atoka County was one of only three counties in the state that did not partner with cities for emergency management duties.
But that all changed Monday night when Atoka city officials voted unanimously to adopt the Atoka City Emergency Management Authority Trust or ACEMA.
Atoka City Attorney Richard Mayfield said, "The purpose primarily for this to be able to be a conduit for federal and other state funds and grants and to coordinate the county so we can have a joint city and county emergency operating system and emergency operation director."
Mayfield authored the new trust and he says ACEMA will help make it easier for both city and county to apply for grants, because they will be doing so as one entity.
Mayfield adds the merger will also help save them save 20% in operational costs.
County commissioner Marvin Dale says the new trust will also help emergency personnel respond as one.
Instead of having several people in charge just like when a tornado struck the town of Tushka 2 and a half years ago.
Dale added, "There will just be one person who will be taking care of that instead of maybe two people in Tushka town and different towns and a different one from Atoka County."
Dale says the new trust will also allow firefighters borrow equipment and call for mutual aid from other towns in the county if they need it.