TULSA, Okla. – The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has joined the “Turn Tulsa Pink” movement. Tulsa’s fire and police departments have turned a fire truck and a police cruiser pink to show their support in raising cancer awareness. Now, EMSA, the state’s largest ambulance service is doing the same.
Tulsa is the first city in the international “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” movement to have all three types of public service vehicles – police, fire and ambulance – go pink.
“We were approached by the group about doing this after the police department unveiled their cruiser, and we felt it was the right thing to do,” said Stephen Williamson, CEO of EMSA. “It just makes sense that we are part of this important movement, being that we are health care professionals.
“We respond to emergencies every day as part of what we do. But, we also live, work and raise our families right here in this community, so we are affected like everyone else by the impacts of cancer.
“Everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by cancer in some way whether it is themselves or friend or family member. As a partner in health care, we would like to see an end to cancer, and if this helps in some small way, we are happy to participate,” Williamson said.
“Not only do EMSA medics respond to many cancer patients every year, in one way or another, there are also several friends and family members of the ‘EMSA family’ that are either currently battling the disease or are survivors of the disease, so this is something that is also personal to many of us,” said Chris Stevens, public information officer for EMSA.
EMSA’s pink ambulance will be used in regular emergency service in the Tulsa metro area. Unlike fire trucks or police cars, ambulances are not assigned to a specific crew, therefore more than 200 of EMSA’s field medics will have the opportunity to drive the pink vehicle.
EMSA currently operates 42 ambulances in its Tulsa metro area division, which includes Tulsa, Sand Springs, Jenks and Bixby.
EMSA and Turn Tulsa Pink partnered with the local company Meeks Group to manufacture and install the truck’s pink wrap and vehicle markings.