Decision next month on state license for McAlester ambulance firm

Wednesday, November 19th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(McAlester-AP) -- An administrative law judge will decide next month if a private ambulance service should have its state license revoked.

Ten witnesses, including four present and three former employees of Para Med Ambulance, testified during an eight-hour hearing before an administrative law judge.

The Oklahoma Department of Health cited three complaints in a petition it filed in April to revoke the company's operating license.

The state claims an ambulance was dispatched on nine different occasions without a paramedic, which is required for state licensing requirements.

The company was also fined up to $365,000 for failure to inform the state that the company was owned by a convicted felon.

The judge in the case is expected to rule on the request December 3rd.