The company providing ambulance service for the city of Claremore and much of Rogers County says it's in need of life support.
Med-Tec says unless the city starts covering part of the cost of service, its ambulances will no longer be able to operate. They want about $30,000 a month. The city has never had to pay before, so officials say they're weighing options carefully.
Oologah-Talala Emergency Medical Service would cover the area if necessary and could add additional units to its fleet, but Med-Tec says it worries how long a fill-in crew would take to respond. Med Tec EMS official Peggy Baker: â€œwe have people in Rogers County, in the city of Claremore that will die because of this, because of the delay they will receive from getting an ambulance."
Claremore officials say they're taking all steps necessary to keep citizens safe. About 40 medics will lose their jobs if Med-Tec goes under.
An emergency city council meeting could be called before the end of the week.