County seeks Emergency Managements Service bids for Barnsdall/Avant area

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

The Osage County Commission will hold a special Friday session to consider ambulance service proposals for the Barnsdall and Avant areas.

At its regular meeting Monday, Commission members discussed the emergency medical services situation with ambulance operators from Bartlesville and Fairfax. A service agreement proposal for Barnsdall/Avant from another EMS provider, Samaritan Ambulance, had been submitted prior to the meeting.

Bartlesville Ambulance has been helping to provide emergency services in Barnsdall since last month, when Eagle Medical Transport abruptly abandoned the area. Representatives for the company expressed an interest in formally continuing that coverage. Officials with Miller EMS also showed an interest in expanding its services to the area.

Commissioners voted to expedite the process by issuing a Request For Proposal. They asked the prospective bidders to consider starting their service agreements by July 1.

Friday’s meeting for the commissioners to review the EMS proposals will begin at 10 a.m.

The proposal notice states: “The Osage County Board of County Commissioners is seeking proposals for ambulance service for the Barnsdall and Avant areas to begin on or as near July 1, 2016 for the 2016/2017 fiscal year. Please submit proposals before 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 17, 2016 directed to the Chairman of the Board through the Osage County Clerk, Osage County Courthouse, Room #201, Pawhuska, Oklahoma 74056. Mailing address: P.O. Box 87, Pawhuska, OK 74056. (918) 287-2615.”