TULSA, Okla. (June 8, 2012) -- Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) announced at an April Bixby City Council meeting to provide a dedicated ambulance to the growing suburb during peak hours with the goal of growing the hours of dedication to nonstop service.
EMSA has now fulfilled the second phase of the plan and has a unit stationed in Bixby 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The dedicated unit is reserved and available for Bixby calls unless needed for mutual aid to an adjoining service area. The unit starts its shift at the old fire station located at 100 E Dawes in downtown Bixby.
The need for the dedicated unit is a result of Bixby’s population growth from 13,000 in 2000 to nearly 21,000 in 2010 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. EMSA’s future plans include having two units based in Bixby with crews reporting to a Bixby site to begin and end their shifts.
“Currently, we are on track in our master plan of delivering greater and more dedicated service to the Bixby area,” said Duffy McAnallen, EMSA Director of Operations. “It is critical that we are able to reach patients as quickly as possible and this plan will allow us to do that.”
EMSA’s new posting position centers them in the growing suburb, and approximately five miles further south than their previous posting making a measurable impact on call response times. The dedicated unit also enables EMSA to provide greater assistance to the Bixby Fire Department.
Each of EMSA’s 45 eastern division ambulances currently service Tulsa, Bixby, Jenks and Sand Springs.