Roberts reports on Avant emergency call

Robert Smith

Jerry Roberts, director of Osage County Emergency Management, reported Monday on his findings in regard to a recent emergency medical call for service from Avant.

County officials had been told that Miller EMS, the service provider, might have taken more than an hour to respond to a call. Roberts looked into the situation for the county.

“I thought, well we couldn’t deal with an hour response time,” Roberts said. He told county commissioners that records showed Miller’s actual response time, from dispatch to arrival, on the controversial emergency call was 17 minutes.

Roberts also talked to Skiatook emergency medical personnel about a claim that they might have beaten Miller to the scene.

“(Skiatook EMS personnel) said Miller was on the scene, working the patient, when they arrived,” Roberts said. He told commissioners that Skiatook was dispatched to Avant a minute after Miller had arrived on-scene, and a Skiatook ambulance arrived 18 minutes after it had been dispatched.

“I felt a lot better about Miller,” Roberts said after sharing his findings. Brett Selvidge of Miller told commissioners that the company had conducted its own investigation into the details of the service call. Miller EMS provides ambulance care for a service area that includes Barnsdall and Avant.