OKLAHOMA CITY – House Majority Leader and State Rep. Mike Sanders issued the following statement today after learning that the City of Kingfisher Fire Department will receive $99,999 from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) as part of the department’s efforts to stabilize and improve Emergency Medical Service (EMS) programs in the state. Life EMS, which serves Enid and Hennessey, also received a grant of $93,404.83.
OSDH awarded more than $1.7 million to 20 different EMS-related entities which submitted proposals for funding. A total of 22 separate proposals will be funded. The funds are distributed through the Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Stabilization and Improvement Revolving Fund (OERSSIRF), which was established by the Legislature in 2008 to fund assessment activities, reorganization of at-risk emergency medical services, development of regional services, training for medical directors, personnel and equipment needs.
“This is great news for residents in Kingfisher and Hennessey and the surrounding areas as well as for these cities,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “Emergency medical services provided through the Kingfisher Fire Department and Life EMS are incredibly important to our citizens. These grants are a part of my overall goal of enhancing public safety services for our entire area. I’m pleased the Department of Health saw the value of these proposals and awarded these providers with these necessary funds.”
OSDH said that award applications were scored by economic viability and cost effectiveness, geographic area and the relationships between participating organizations, population and overall scope of need.
The OSDH distributes these funds each year, and a panel of nine volunteers meets to review and score the proposals. The cumulative score determines their ranking among the submissions for that year. This is the ninth distribution for this fund. A total of 68 qualified entities have been awarded 144 contracts since the fund was established.
EMS programs receiving funding are listed below:
Sinor EMS, Inc. (Clinton, Sayre, Hobart & Thomas)
Tillman County EMS
City of Carnegie EMS
City of Antlers Fire Department EMS
City of Elk City Fire Department EMS
EMS Success, Inc. (Choctaw)
Roger Mills County EMS
Southwest Oklahoma Ambulance Authority (Hollis)
Major County EMS
City of Waynoka EMS
Cimarron County EMS
City of Anadarko Fire Department
City of Kingfisher Fire Department EMS
Gordon Cooper Technology Center (Shawnee)
City of Perry Fire Department EMS
Heartland Medical Direction, Inc. (Crescent)
Okmulgee County EMS
Beaver County EMS
Life EMS, Inc. (Enid)
Mercy Health, Love County EMS