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  • February 13, 2018 10:50 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Kristen Bias
    AEMT, Field Training Officer
    Muskogee County EMS

    Kristen began her career at Muskogee County EMS in 2015 as an EMT. In 2016, Kristen earned her certification as an Advanced EMT and in 2017 she became a Field Training Officer.

    In 2017 while on a medical call, a shooting that was not related to her initial call occurred on scene. Kristen immediately triaged the scene to allow for the continued care and safety of her initial patient and partner while also locating the shooting victim and rendering care until another unit could arrive. This call is just one example of why Kristen is known for remaining calm under pressure and showing true leadership. Kristen did not hesitate to go to the aid of the victim even though it was an unsecured scene and her own personal safety was compromised.

    Kristen has always had a passion for helping others. She is selfless, hardworking and dedicated. She is always willing to work, whether she is putting in extra shifts, assisting with Public Relations events, or teaching a new employee. She is also known for her positive attitude and smile, no matter how busy her shift has been. In 2017 Kristen was voted by her peers as the the Advanced EMT of the Year.

    Kristen is admired by all who know her, most especially by her husband, Matthew. and her children Emma, Tuxie, Jacy, Alex, Caden and Addison. When off-duty, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family at sporting events and boating at the lake. Kristen also enjoys painting and playing with her dog, Lucy.

    Because of Kristen’s outstanding professionalism and her exemplary performance, Muskogee County EMS is honored to endorse Kristen Bias for the Oklahoma Ambulance Association Star of Life Award 2018.

  • February 07, 2018 7:46 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    John Johnston
    Relief Crew Chief
    EMSStat EMS
    Norman, Oklahoma

    John Johnston is a Relief Crew Chief (Lieutenant), and has been with EMSStat for three years. 

    John is one of the most professional people we have ever had the pleasure of working with. John is the type of person whose efforts are never less than 100%, and therefore never marginalized. John is respected equally by his peers and leadership because of his "can do" attitude and desire to succeed. John is always the first one to tackle any task, usually without being asked.

    John recently left the Oklahoma National Guard after 15 years of service, first in the infantry, then as a combat medic. John was the senior Staff Sergeant in his unit and has been deployed twice to the Middle East, most recently to Afghanistan.  

    John Johnston is a cornerstone member of our team,an excellent Field Training Officer, and a committed member of EMSStat’s SWAT Team. John also has exceptional documentation and teaching skills that he shares with the EMSStat staff and new recruits.

  • February 07, 2018 7:45 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Megan Jones
    Emergency Vehicle Operator
    EMSStat EMS
    Norman, Oklahoma

    Megan joined EMSStat in August 2016 and has been a great employee since. She is the kind of person every supervisor wishes they could duplicate.

    Megan sets an example for other employees by always having a smile and a can-do attitude. She never complains about any tasks assigned to her.

    Megan is one of those folks that arrives early for work, then waits to make sure everyone shows up before she leaves in order to keep ambulances in service.

    Megan was one of the EMTs chosen to fill in on a regular crew schedule and work the regular shift for that crew. She has been able to balance her work and school schedule to keep herself focused.

  • January 31, 2018 4:42 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    This week, OKAMA board leaders Rebecca Williamson, Jimmy Johnson, and Angie McLain visited Washington, DC to advocate for the renewal of the vitally important ambulance Medicare add-ons. Rebecca, Jimmy, and Angie each also hold leadership positions in the American Ambulance Association.

    Check out a picture of them in action on OKAMA Facebook!

  • December 20, 2017 9:47 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Wishing Oklahoma EMS providers and their families a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for all that you do for our state!

  • November 22, 2017 12:01 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Happy Thanksgiving from OKAMA! Thank you for your selfless service to the citizens of Oklahoma. (And an extra special thanks to all who are on duty over the holiday.)

  • October 25, 2017 7:59 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Registration is now open!

    Mass Casualty Disaster Management Conference
    November 16–17
    Norman Regional Porter Campus

    Download the brochure, or complete and return this registration form to sign up!

    Watch the conference video►

  • August 21, 2017 12:58 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    On September 28th the American Ambulance Association (AAA) and the Oklahoma Ambulance Association (OKAMA) will be co-hosting a Supervisor SimLab at the EMSA headquarters in Tulsa starting at 9:00 a.m.

    Members of either the AAA or OKAMA will receive the discounted rate of $175.00. Because of the timing of this co-hosted event OKAMA will not hold a Fall Conference in 2017. We hope all of you take advantage of the excellent educational opportunity that this SimLab provides geared toward the development of EMS Leadership.

    Detailed information on the course and registration information can be found at either the AAA website or at the OKAMA website.

  • July 18, 2017 4:50 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Check out OKAMA in action in the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Newsletter! This month's issue features an article about Dr. Robert Evans receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Association. Congratulations, Dr. Evans!

    Read Now >

  • June 29, 2017 4:49 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Please be advised that Ford has issued a recall of late-model Transits. 

    From the Ford website:

    • Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 400,000 2015-17 Ford Transit van/bus vehicles with medium, long and extended wheelbases and chassis cab/cutaways with medium wheelbases to replace the driveshaft flexible coupling.
    • In the affected vehicles, continuing to operate a vehicle with a cracked flexible coupling may cause separation of the driveshaft, resulting in a loss of motive power while driving or unintended vehicle movement in park without the parking brake applied. In addition, separation of the driveshaft from the transmission can result in secondary damage to surrounding components, including brake and fuel lines. A driveshaft separation may increase the risk of injury or crash.
    • Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.
    • Affected vehicles include 2015-17 Ford Transit vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Jan. 17, 2014 to June 15, 2017.
    • The recall involves approximately 402,462 vehicles in North America (370,630 in the U.S., 2,361 in federalized territories, 3,217 in Mexico and 26,254 in Canada). The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S15.
    • Based on the field data, Ford does not expect the current flexible couplings to deteriorate sufficiently to result in driveline separation in vehicles with less than 30,000 miles. Hence, for affected vehicles with under 30,000 miles or vehicles that have had a driveshaft or driveshaft flexible coupling replaced within the last 30,000 miles, no alteration or interim repair is required until the vehicle or replaced flexible coupling reaches 30,000 miles. At that point, the customer should schedule an appointment with their dealer for the interim repair to be performed.
    •  For affected vehicles with more than 30,000 miles, the interim repair will consist of replacing the driveshaft flexible coupling every 30,000 miles until the final repair is available and completed. Owners will be notified by mail and instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the flexible coupling replaced immediately at no cost. When the permanent repair is available, owners will be notified that they may schedule an appointment with their dealer to have either a redesigned flexible coupling with a modified driveshaft bracket and shield or a revised driveshaft equipped with a universal joint installed at no cost.

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