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  • June 26, 2021 10:46 PM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    The Oklahoma Ambulance Association and its Board of Directors extend our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, loved ones as well as the personnel and medics of Creek County EMS in the death of Rita Diehl. 


    Rita Diehl, Executive Director of Creek County EMS, honorably served her local EMS community for over 39 years and proudly served all of Oklahoma EMS through her leadership and very active role as member and President of the Oklahoma Ambulance Association.  Our dear friend and colleague will be greatly missed.

    Obituary and Service information:  https://greenhillok.com/tribute/details/7779/Rita-Diehl/obituary.html#tribute-start

  • May 20, 2021 9:50 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    The Oklahoma Ambulance Association is excited to announce that the Stars of Life event will return for 2021.  The event will be held on September 8, 2021 at Post Oak Lodge.  Stars submission and event information is available on the Event page.

  • April 26, 2021 9:10 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    OKAMA is deeply concerned about the initiative for managed care in Oklahoma.  Managed Care would have a tremendous negative impact on Oklahoma healthcare.  This is especially true for rural EMS providers. Watch below as OKAMA member Johnny Red from Sinor EMS, provides a presentation from an EMS perspective.


    Additional links for more information are provided below. 

    Tulsa World Article:


    New York Times article:


    Fighting the Oklahoma Initiative:


  • January 27, 2021 3:40 PM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    OKAMA will host a virtual spring conference on February 24, 2021.   Please see the "EVENTS" page for details.

  • December 25, 2020 1:13 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

     Jimmy Johnson and Greg Reid with Covid Relief Funds for EMS

    OKAMA Secures $5 Million in COVID Relief Funds for Oklahoma Ambulance Agencies

    To Receive a Share of the Funds, Providers Must Act by 5:00 P.M. on 12/27/2020

    OKAMA is pleased to announce that the State of Oklahoma has directed at least $5,000,000 to Oklahoma’s EMS industry. The distribution, received on December 22, 2020, comes from Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) funds allocated to Oklahoma by the federal government.

    Licensed ambulance services that provide ground emergency medical transportation in Oklahoma will be eligible to receive funding equaling nearly $6,200 per licensed transport ambulance. Additional funds could be secured in the future.

    OKAMA board members are making an effort to contact each licensed provider in the state about this funding opportunity. Providers must apply for funds by completing a simple form and must agree to spend the funds in a way that complies with federal requirements. The deadline for application is 5:00 P.M. on 12/27/2020

    OKAMA expects to begin distributing funds by the second week of January 2021. By accepting funds, providers agree to make available documentation of expenses that prove qualification to receive these funds. OKAMA is confident that all licensed services have incurred expenses from March 1-December 30, 2020 related to one or more of the following:

    • -          Expense related to increased need for masks, gowns, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against potential exposures to COVID-19.
    • -          Expense for personnel who missed work due to COVID infection, isolation, or quarantine, but were paid while away.
    • -          Expense for personnel who covered the absence of sick, quarantined or isolated employees.
    • -          Expense for increased staffing to meet local requirements, expectations, or operational objectives.
    • -          Expense related to increased use of supplies (oxygen, drugs, or other non-PPE supplies) as patient transports showed increased acuity (sicker patients) and increased frequency.
    • -          Expenses related to increased per-item costs for PPE and other supplies as demand increased and available supplies decreased.
    • -          Expenses related increased costs of the decontamination of ambulances, equipment, personnel and stations. 
    • -          Expense related to responding, providing care, and transporting an increased number of patients who had no or inadequate healthcare coverage due to loss of employment or work.

    The list is not all-inclusive, but we believe that all of the experiences listed above will qualify under the government’s description of qualifying expenses. As with all grants of government funds, recipients should expect that expenditures to qualify are subject to review and audit.

    Again, the deadline to apply for CARES funding of approximately $6,200 per licensed transport ambulance is 5:00 P.M. on 12/27/2020

    To download applicable documents:

    Click here LETTER TO DIRECTORS ANNOUNCING AWARD, 12-20-2020.docx

    Click here:Coronavirus-Relief-Fund-Guidance-for-State-Territorial-Local-and-Tribal-Governments.pdf

    Click here:OKAMA CARES CLAIM FORM, FILLABLE, 12-2020.pdf

    If you have any questions, please contact:  Greg Reid at 405-613-7443,

     Vanessa Brewington at 580-334-4269 or

     E-mail us at: okama.email@gmail.com.

  • October 16, 2020 12:27 PM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    On behalf of all Oklahoma EMS ground providers; The Oklahoma Ambulance Association has submitted a request for reimbursement of costs associated with the Covid 19 Pandemic.  The document can be found here: OKAMA CARES Request-FINAL.pdf

  • June 16, 2020 2:18 PM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    Spring/Fall 2020 UpdateConference Update

    The Oklahoma Ambulance Association (OKAMA) hopes that all the EMS providers, vendors and suppliers are finding a way to safely function during these trying times. We are hoping the second half of 2020 brings a healing and return to something that resembles a more normal level of activity in this state. As we look to the future, OKAMA has selected Wednesday, October 14th for our one-day event. We hope to hold both our Conference and STARS of Life celebration on that day and evening, respectively . We understand there are still hurdles to clear and we will be closely monitoring the situation and discussing precautions. The Board of Directors will make a final decision later in the summer but until then, please “Save the Date” and we hope to see you then!

    This event has unfortunately been canceled. It is our hope that the spring of 2021 will be more normal, allowing OKAMA to once again provide a great conference and Stars of Life Banquet. 2020 Stars will be recognized along with the 2021 Stars of Life recipients.

  • January 14, 2019 7:21 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    Our hearts were heavy to learn of the passing of Carolyn Barrett, beloved wife of OKAMA emeritus board member Joe Barrett.

    Services will be held at 2:00 pm CT on Wednesday, January 16 at First Baptist Church.

    First Baptist Church
    124  West Evergreen Street
    Durant, OK 74701

    Carolyn's family and friends remain in our thoughts.

  • November 05, 2018 11:53 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    It is with very heavy hearts that we share the passing of our friend, colleague, and leader, Steve Williamson.

    H. Stephen Williamson


    H. Stephen Williamson, 68, of Hope, Arkansas, formerly of Tulsa, Oklahoma, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away suddenly on November 3, 2018 at his home.

    Preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Williamson, father, Hershel Williamson, and first wife, Pat Williamson, Steve is survived by his best friend and wife Rebecca Williamson (Smith); his two adored daughters Jennifer Thomas (Jason) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Ashley Schneeberg (Matt) of Jenks, Oklahoma; his brother, Mark Williamson (Theresa) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and his five step children, Blake Burruss (Rachel), Krista Sands, Holly Chapman (Joel), Sarah Lyn Smith and Jay Darrin Smith. He was an exceptional grandfather to his beautiful grandchildren and step grandchildren, Asa and Will Thomas, Kate and Ava Schneeberg, Barrett Burruss, Addysion Sands, Brycelyn Wiedel, and Gabe Chapman.  He is also survived by numerous cousins, nephews, a niece, and his aunt, Blanche Wilson.

    H. Stephen Williamson was the president and chief executive officer of Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) since the Authority began operations in 1978, and served for over 39 years. Under Williamson's guidance, EMSA grew into Oklahoma's largest EMS provider and one of the country's most effective ambulance systems, achieving the standing of top 1% of ambulance services nationwide with accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Due to his visionary leadership and passion for service, EMSA provided outstanding patient care, saving countless lives throughout Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and the surrounding counties.  Prior to his tenure at EMSA, he served as administrator of Enid Memorial Hospital.  He was a graduate of the University of Tulsa, earning a B.S. in Finance, as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma.  Prior to his death, Steve was the Chief Financial Officer at Pafford EMS, the largest ambulance service provider in Arkansas. 

    Steve was a revered national leader in EMS.  He held numerous national and state leadership positions including President of the American Ambulance Association, President of the Coalition of Advanced Emergency Medical Systems, Governor’s Appointee to the Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Advisory Council, and President of the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He was a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XX.

    Family will receive those wishing to pay their respects at a lunch and visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Fletcher Hall (attached to the church).  Services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. at Parish of Christ the King Catholic Church, 1520 South Rockford Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120.  Internment at Calvary Cemetery is 9101 South Harvard Ave., Tulsa, OK 74137 .

    In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s honor may be made to Bishop Kelly High School, 3905 South Hudson Avenue Tulsa, OK 74135 and the Code Green Campaign, P.O. Box 15365, Spokane Valley, Washington, 99215. Code Green advocates for mental health-, PTSD-, and suicide awareness for EMS.

    Steve touched countless hearts over the course of his extraordinary life. He will be forever loved and missed by all his family, friends, and colleagues.

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