Saving the ambulance service

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

BOKCHITO, Okla. -- Officials in Bokchito met Tuesday in an emergency meeting to discuss the future of the town's ambulance services. State officials are scheduled to inspect the town's ambulance service Wednesday.

Now two residents have volunteered to be on-call 24-7 to make sure the service can continue.

City leaders called the emergency meeting after tabling the issue Monday. They met in executive session and announced the service could continue if someone would volunteer to staff it.

Since last Tuesday, only one person was manning the ambulances. The town had to rely on Bryan County EMS in Durant for emergency calls. Firefighters and first responders would prep a patient, then wait for a Bryan County crew to arrive.

Now two certified EMT's, Cedar Harwood and Justin Whittenburg, who are also Bokchito residents, say they will fill the spots and do whatever is necessary to keep the service.

"Our town could die without this ambulance service,” says Melissa Scott, Bokchito city clerk and EMS worker. “It's a vital part just like the school and the police department and the fire department and all of those things are what help this town what it is."

The two residents say they'll volunteer until the city can work out the paperwork for pay. The state inspector is expected to ask for a schedule and roster of staffing, something city officials say they can confidently provide.


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  • by Bill Location: Ardmore on Feb 22, 2008 at 11:07 PM
    This are does not have that many calls that it will "overwork" these 2 that havhe given their time. Trust me. Murray county has medics on duty for up to 120 hours in a row adn they are busy...this will get people killed...Medicare..what a joke....pays around 300 to 400 maybe....these runs can cost as much as 800 - 1500 but if you dont pay your bills why bother...easier than a cab and you wont go to jail for not paying ambulance like you would a cab. Thanks to teh 2 emt's that are wanting to assist their community.
  • by former ems worker Location: oklahoma on Jan 15, 2008 at 10:05 PM
    SO IF THESE TWO PEOPLE ARE PLANNING ON WORKING UNTIL SOMEONE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE SERVICES WHO IS GOING TO PICK THEM UP WHEN THE HAVE AN ACCIDENT FROM NOT ENOUGH REST? SHOULDN'T THESE PEOPLE HAVE SOME TYPE OF REGULATIONS AS DOES TRUCKDRIVERS. MAYBE THIS SHOULD BE LOOKED INTO AS THIS SMELLS LIKE THE START OF A MAJOR LAWSUIT WAITING TO HAPPEN. THESE PEOPLE CAN ONLY WORK ON SO MUCH SLEEP. BEEN THERE DO THAT. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MONEY THAT IS COLLECTED FROM RUNS? DOES MEDICARE NOT PAY FOR SOME OF THESE RUNS. IF NOT SOMEONE IS NOT DOING THEIR WORK EITHER. DON'T EXPECT A FEW TO DO THE WORK FOR EVERYONE. SOMEONE HAS TO BE COLLECTING MONEY FROM RUNS WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING.
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