EMSA Trust renewed through 2023

TULSA, Okla. (Nov. 1, 2016) -- Every five years, during the month of October, city leaders from Tulsa and Oklahoma City perform their due diligence and evaluate EMS delivery options. This process includes a variety of discussions on the benefits and strengths of EMSA and other potential EMS providers.

City leaders can elect, within those 30 days, to stay with EMSA or select a new ambulance provider. EMSA has been continually reselected and has served both cities without interruption since 1977 and 1990 (Tulsa and Oklahoma City, respectively).

This year is no different. Both cities have elected to continue with the service provided by EMSA. One unique aspect to this year’s discussions was that the city of Tulsa commissioned third-party research by the ICMA Center for Public Safety Management, LLC., in part, regarding EMS delivery and EMSA. The research, among other results, stated that:

“The working relationship observed between the City and EMSA is impressive and provides one of the highest levels of prehospital emergency care available in the nation.”

The report also specifically recommends the continuation of the relationship. Both Oklahoma City and Tulsa leaders agreed, citing the study as part of their decision. In a letter confirming the extension of EMSA service, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett thanked EMSA for its excellent performance in being a national leader in health and safety.

EMSA will remain the ambulance provider for the City of Tulsa and City of Oklahoma City through at least October 31, 2023.

Return to the Safety Resource Center