Eastern Div. Adopts Safe Place for All Ambulances

Tulsa Ambulance Service Works with Youth Services for Safe Place Program

What: Press Conference to announce a joint venture between EMSA and YST
When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM
Where: Youth Services Shelter, 311 S. Madison Tulsa, OK

Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) will announce their partnership with Youth Services (YST) for the National Safe Place Program at a press conference on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Each of EMSA’s Tulsa ambulances will be an official Safe Place site in Tulsa, Bixby, Jenks and Sand Springs. EMSA ambulance crews will be trained to assist as Safe Place volunteers. EMSA will be one of the first large ambulance providers in the nation to be a Safe Place site.

Safe Place was created as a community collaboration that provides easy access for young people in dangerous, threatening or vulnerable situations. There are close to 18,000 designated businesses and community buildings displaying the distinctive yellow Safe Place signs nationwide with over 130,000 youth connected to health and safety. Locally, 160 Safe Places (108 stationary sites and 52 mobile sites) are accessible to youth, including all QuikTrips and fire departments in Tulsa County as well as all MTTA (Tulsa Transit) buses. In the last year, YST’s Safe Place volunteers responded to calls from 237 youth in the Tulsa area that needed help. EMSA’s participation will increase mobile Safe Place sites with 45 ambulances.

“EMSA is one of the first ambulance providers in the country to join the national Safe Place program. We hope others will follow our lead,” said Kelli Bruer, Director of Communications and Public Relations for EMSA.

“Our units are highly visible throughout the community and easily accessible to this vulnerable population so we think it’s a great fit for both of our organizations. We care for people in distress. It is what we do, so it is a natural fit,” said Bruer

“Unfortunately, many teens don’t know where to go when they are in crisis. This gives young people in crisis more access to our services. We are proud to partner with EMSA as they are frequently first responders to emergencies and are very visible in our community,” said James M. Walker, Executive Director of YST.



If you would like more information about this or would like to schedule an interview with our Executive Director, James M. Walker, please contact Andy Wheeler at 918.382.4443 or Awheeler@yst.org


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