EMSA takes steps to avoid paramedic shortage

TULSA — Labor shortages are crippling ambulance agencies nationwide but the state is taking steps to ensure Oklahoma does not follow.

Emergency Medical Services Authority is the state s largest employer of EMS personnel and is the sole provider of ambulance service for Tulsa, its surrounding communities and Oklahoma City. EMSA contracts with Texas-based Paramedics Plus Inc. to maintain paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other patient care staff for daily operations.

EMSA and Paramedics Plus have focused on three areas to avoid labor shortage: wage adjustments, retention and offering new paramedic training programs.

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