Status of EMS panel questioned

Robert Smith

District 2 County Commissioner Kevin Paslay said Monday that a recently formed EMS advisory panel is “still kind of in a holding pattern.”

Paslay commented in response to a question from Celia Lanham, former chairwoman of the Osage County Republican Party, who lives east of Hominy. During the citizen comment period of the county board meeting, Lanham asked if the EMS advisory panel was reporting back to the commissioners yet, and if the panel had selected a chairperson.

Paslay said he didn’t think the advisory group had chosen a chairperson yet.

Lanham asked how the public will know when the group is meeting, and Kandy Jump, assistant to the county commissioners, said the group could put out a calendar of scheduled meetings.

District Attorney Mike Fisher said the EMS advisory panel is technically not subject to the state Open Meetings Act, but he added that it might be helpful for the group to provide public notice of meetings.

“I have no objection to including the public,” Paslay said. He initiated the discussion among the county commissioners that led to the creation of the EMS advisory panel.

Lanham said there are “a lot of problems all over the county” regarding emergency medical services, and she thinks there are viable solutions that can be developed.

Paslay mentioned emergency medical services as one area of concern about which he gathered potentially helpful information during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. for a meeting of county officials from across the nation. He offered to share information.