The Pryor Times

January 28, 2013

MESTA converts ambulance

The Times

PRYOR — Mayes Emergency Services Trust Authority will convert one of its ambulances to natural gas.

“This ambulance will be used as a test case,” said MESTA Director Rick Langkamp.

The fueling stations for natural gas vehicles are in Tahlequah, Tulsa and Broken Arrow. The nearest one to MESTA is in Claremore.

The board approved hiring CPA Violet Kirkendall to complete the 2012 audit. The board approved retaining Wingard and Ragsdale for MESTA’s accounting services.

Langkamp said MESTA ended 2012 in the black. Sales tax collections were on average $4,000 per month with an increase of $50,000 over 2011. This gave MESTA a monthly average income of $173,853.21 an increased average of almost $25,000 per month.

Ambulance runs increased from 5,141 in 2011 to 5,374 in 2012. This was an increase of 233 runs in 2012. Of those calls, 3,620 were transports, 303 treatment on site with no transport, 66 were dead on arrival, 516 were false or canceled calls and 869 were treatment refusals.