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  • May 30, 2017 2:32 PM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    Check out the latest photos from the OKAMA Spring Conference and Stars of Life on Facebook! http://bit.ly/OKAMA17

  • May 22, 2017 8:24 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    43rd Annual EMS Week
    “Always In Service”
    May 21–27, 2017

    Each year, EMS Week celebrates the contributions of EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and other EMS professionals to their communities. Thank you for your service!

  • May 19, 2017 8:07 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, Ground Vehicle Standard Division (CAAS-GVS) will be holding an open forum for organizations involved in the remounting of ambulances. The intent of this meeting is to identify and establish a dialogue with FSAMs and third party Remounters of ambulances in an effort to collect information that may be used in an identified project to create standards for the ambulance remount industry.

    Any organization with interest in this topic is invited to attend, including ambulance builders, remounters, regulators, customers and component/material vendors.

    CAAS GVS Remount Forum
    June 7, 2017
    NEW LOCATION: Harris Convention Center
    Charlotte, NC
    Register Now►

  • May 16, 2017 7:37 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    The message below was delivered to OKAMA on May 15 from the Oklahoma State Department of Health's Administrative Program Manager, EMS Division, Dale Anderson.

    The Oklahoma Emergency Response System Stabilization and Improvement Revolving Fund FY 2018 (OERSSIRF FY 2018) Request for Proposals (RFP) has been released.

    RFP Link

    The completed proposals are to be returned to the Department by June 13, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. CDT.

    The pre-proposal conference is scheduled for Monday, May 22, 2017 at: 

    1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
    Oklahoma State Department of Health
    Room 1102
    1000 Northeast 10th Street
    Oklahoma City, OK 73117

    Any questions regarding OERSSIRF will need to be submitted by email to Susan Wiest at susanw@health.ok.gov.   Questions must be submitted by email no later than close of business on Wednesday,  May 31, 2017.  Responses to the questions we have received will be posted following this deadline as an amendment, to be copied and attached to the proposal.

    The scoring meetings are tentatively scheduled for the week of June 18, 2017.  Any person interested in serving as a reviewer for the proposals should contact me via email.

    Additional emails related to the RFP and scoring process will be sent periodically.

  • April 24, 2017 1:46 PM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars!

    Matthew Bradshaw
    Field Training Officer, Critical Care Paramedic

    Shawnee, OK

    REACT EMS is proud to recognize Matthew Bradshaw as a Star of Life 2017. Matt is a Field Training Officer and Critical Care Paramedic who has spent seven years with REACT.

    Matt is most appreciated for his tireless efforts to work with new Paramedics, developing them into skilled practitioners. To a person, Matt’s mentored Paramedics compliment his ability to help them identify areas to study as well as his ability to help them understand material to a level that enhances their patient care skills. Matt takes great pride in each of his charges, but never seems to overwhelm them with his expectations. A sign of a true leader is one that makes others around him better. Matt Bradshaw is a perfect example of that characteristic.

    Matt was Active Duty military for six years, and spent four years in the Reserves. He served in the Air Force, Army, and Navy. He started his EMS career as his military ended. He has worked for a variety of EMS organizations, and has been benefiting REACT since 2008.

    Matt and his wife, Shannon, are the proud parents of five children, ages six weeks to 20 years. Needless to say, they stay busy. Hunter is a junior at Baylor in the School of Nursing. Noah (7) and Jakob (5) are both playing baseball and have plenty of practices and games to attend. Carson likes to go along to baseball games and when they all go to the farm to ride the four-wheelers and feed the chickens.

    The REACT family and all of our patients have benefited from Matt being an important part of our team. We are proud to recognize him as our Star for 2017.

  • April 24, 2017 1:39 PM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars!

    Galen Hankal
    Field Supervisor
    Shawnee, OK

    REACT EMS is proud to recognize Galen Hankal as a Star of Life 2017. Galen is a Field Supervisor and Paramedic for REACT. With 11 years of experience, Galen is a true leader to all personnel and a reliable leader on the most challenging calls.

    In addition to his daily duties, Galen is the primary leader to manage and help EMTs and Paramedics looking to join our REACT Team. Galen shepherds the applicants from the first visit through our testing and interviews to selection and orientation, preparing them to be strong assets to our mission.

    Galen and his wife, Lezlie, are the parents of Collin (9) and Liam (6). They are an avid baseball family and go fishing with the boys during the off season.

    Galen has always shown compassion for his patients and the patients of his crews. Recently, Collin was injured in an ATV accident while visiting at his grandparents’ home. Suddenly, Galen and Lezlie were the family of an EMS patient. Collin was rushed to a rural facility and soon transported by air EMS to the Childrens’ Hospital for his internal injuries. Collin recovered completely, but it was a challenging experience for the whole family. Galen values the role of out-of-hospital providers even more, and his compassion for the families of our patients is even stronger.

    Galen is an excellent example of the great EMTs and Paramedics working at REACT. Again, we are proud that Galen Hankal is our Star of Life for 2017.

  • April 18, 2017 7:28 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars!

    Patricia Skeen
    McCurtain County EMS

    McCurtain County EMS takes great pride in presenting Patricia Skeen as a Star for the OKAMA Stars of Life 2017.

    Pattie became a volunteer for McCurtain County EMS in 1994 when she received her first responder certification. She went on to receive earn Paramedic License in 1998.

    Pattie has utilized her skills to benefit her community by volunteering her time at any hour of the day to answer the call for help.

    Pattie is known for her hard work and dedication to her community. Pattie is willing to help others in their time of need, and has never asked for acknowledgement or recognition. Pattie also instructs CPR and assisted in instructing EMS training in her community.

    We are proud to name Patricia Skeen as a 2017 Star of Life.

  • April 18, 2017 7:26 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars!

    Debbie Prise
    McCurtain County EMS

    McCurtain County EMS takes great pride in nominating Debbie Prise as our Star for the OKAMA Stars of Life 2017.

    Debbie became a volunteer for McCurtain County EMS in 1994 when she received her first responder certification, then went on to earn her Paramedic license in 1998.

    She has diligently helped her community and Northern McCurtain County by volunteering her skills and time, and by answering the call of duty for more than 24 years. Debbie is known for her compassion for her community, and for going above and beyond to assist any person in need.

    Debbie is a role model to others as well, she inspired her husband, Steve, and son, Travis, to take the EMS class and join her in serving the community. Debbie instructs CPR and assisted in instruction EMS classes in her area.

    We are proud to name Debbie Prise as a 2017 Star of Life.

  • April 03, 2017 9:02 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars of Life!

    Brian Wood
    Administrative Assistant
    Muskogee County EMS

    Brian began his career with Muskogee County EMS in 1992, having received his certification as an EMT the previous year. Brian initially started in dispatch and spent one fun-filled year telling medics where to go before he joined them and started working on the ambulance. Brian served the citizens of Muskogee County as an EMT-Intermediate for over 19 years. He also holds an associate degree in Police Science.

    In 2012 Brian transitioned from the ambulance to the office and became the Administrative Assistant to the Director and Assistant Director. Not as simple as it might sound, this job involves much more than “assisting.” In addition to daily support functions for the Executive Staff, Brian oversees scheduling for 120 medics- including last-minute call-in’s, extra duty shifts, time-off shifts, and serves as the initial point of contact for more than 140 employees. He also orders, oversees, and maintains all the uniform requests and replacements.

    Brian is known for his selflessness, hard work, and dedication. Among other awards, In 2012 Brian received the Muskogee County EMS award for the Office Employee of the Year. His kindness, composure, and his ever-present sense of humor have endeared him to all employees. He remains calm under pressure and shows true leadership by quietly going above and beyond to assist all of us in whatever way he can, never asking for acknowledgement or recognition.

    Brian is loved by everyone who knows him, and most especially by his girlfriend, Hadee, and by his brother, Randy. On a rare day when he is not at work, Brian enjoys working on his 60 acres and spending time with his friends, family, and his two dogs: Shorty and Natalie.

    Because of Brian’s outstanding professionalism and his exemplary performance, Muskogee County EMS is honored to endorse Brian Wood for the Oklahoma Ambulance Association Star of Life Award, 2017.

  • April 03, 2017 8:41 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars!

    Matthew R. Williams
    Paramedic, Field Training Officer
    LifeNet, Inc.
    Stillwater, Oklahoma

    Matt Williams is LifeNet’s 2017 Star of Life representing our Stillwater, Oklahoma division. His coworkers nominated him for his dedication to our patients and the community, and for his commitment to the LifeNet team. Matt is involved in multiple aspects of our EMS service including new employee development, quality assurance processes, education, and multiple leadership roles. He attended Oklahoma State University completing his paramedic education and he is pursuing a B.S. in Emergency Medical Services Administration at Columbia Southern University. 

    When he is not at work, which is a rarity, Matt spends time with his wife. Felisha, and seven children. They enjoy fishing, traveling, and attending various sporting events.

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