As they fight it out in federal court, a contractor providing paramedics for Tulsa and Oklahoma City’s public emergency medical provider threatened to terminate its contract at the end of January, in the middle of a five-year deal.

The Emergency Medical Services Authority, however, decided on Wednesday to end its agreement with American Medical Response sooner.

EMSA trustees voted to end their agreement with AMR as of midnight Nov. 30, two months sooner than AMR had threatened. EMSA will take over in-field and dispatch services on that date.

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The medical director of the Emergency Medical Services Authority, or EMSA, said Wednesday that while the ambulance service has experienced some additional demand, it remains far from being overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Yes, we are in unusual times," said Dr. Jeffrey Goodloe during a virtual meeting of the authority's board of trustees, "but the actual case load, case burden, number of incidents related to COVID-19 certainly comes nowhere close to the majority of patients that we take care of on a day-in, day-out basis."

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Stay indoors if possible, dress warmly in layers if you have to go out, and keep a charged cell phone with you at all times. Those are tips in dealing with the extreme cold weather from Kelli Bruer with EMSA.

She says it’s especially important to take precautions if you have a  pre-existing condition that needs regular medical treatment or one that could be worsened by cold weather.

EMSA Collects Winter Necessities for Those in Need

Oct 18, 2012

The eastern division of the Emergency Medical Services Authority will be at several locations within its service area this weekend to collect donations of new hats, underwear, gloves and socks in all sizes for adults, teens and children in need this winter.

The medics selected different locations to provide opportunity for the community to participate. Their first location is the main entrance to the Chapman Stadium at The University of Tulsa’s homecoming game this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

City Report Makes EMSA Recommendations

Aug 22, 2012

The EMSA Board hears recommendations from a City of Tulsa internal review. The report is being presented to the board in two days of meetings in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Tulsa Management Review report makes four-dozen recommendations for improvements to the operation of the Emergency Medical Services Authority.

(Tulsa, Ok)-The grandmother of a Bixby teenager meets and thanks the EMSA dispatcher who helped save her grandson’s life. Monday, Trent Morris received a 9-1-1 call from Bixby High School. A 15-year-old was in cardiac arrest. He guided a teacher through CPR and use of a defibrillator and the boy was revived. The grandmother,  Barbara Smart, says it’s critical to have those devices available in public places.

The boy has been transferred to Arkansas Children’s Hospital and will be placed on the heart transplant list.