Rogers County Still Waiting for 911

Monday, March 12th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oologah-AP) -- Northeastern Rogers County still doesn't have ambulance service though voters approved a tax establishing an ambulance district more than a year ago.

Residents in the area have depended on ambulances out of Claremore or Collinsville, a 30 to 45 minute drive. Officials say that's why support for an ambulance district was easy to gain.

But the district still doesn't have ambulances, a building to house them, paramedics or a director.

The chairman of a board appointed by the Rogers County Commission says two qualified applicants for director turned down the job because of salary and personal conflicts.

Tod Estes says even though there's no director, the board has been reviewing applicants for paramedics and looking for vehicles.

The three-mil tax has brought in nearly 280-thousand dollars since it went into effect last spring.