The Pryor Times

September 14, 2013

MESTA still battling CNG conversion

Susan Wagoner
Staff Reporter

PRYOR, OK — Mayes Emergency Services Trust Authority is still having problems with the Compressed Natural Gas conversion on one of their ambulances.

Director Rick Langkamp addressed the issue at the regular monthly meeting.

“One of the CNG conversion systems that had been installed within the last couple of months on Unit 60 is still not working,” Langkamp said. “They are having some trouble with the fine tuning of the settings for the system.”

Langkamp said the company handling the issue is out of Poland and has sent an engineer to Tulsa to troubleshoot the system.

“They have narrowed the problem down to two sensors on the accelerator pedal,” he said. “The program will be modified at the factory to properly interact with these sensors.”

Langkamp said when the issue is fixed at the Poland headquarters, an update will be sent. He expects the truck to be up and running in one to two weeks.

“MESTA has finished the month of August in the black, with the overall for the year in the black,” Langkamp told trustees. “Collection are up over the average with run numbers higher the last several months. I am anxious to see if we experience any slowdown in call volume.”

Langkamp told trustees the mapping software approved in the last meeting has been ordered.

“The mapping program hardware (Toughbooks) has been ordered. Once we receive the Toughbooks, Spatial Data Research (the mapping software developer) will schedule a date to come to MESTA and install the mapping program onto the devices for truck placement,” he said.

Langkamp also informed trustees that Oklahoma held a meeting to see if there was any interest around the state to put together an emergency communications / dispatch team

to respond to federal


“Evidently, there are a number of states that participate in this federal program already,” Langkamp said. “Brandon Hawkins attended the meeting in Stillwater to see what the program offered.”

He said there were people in attendance from the City of Claremore 911 / dispatch center.

“MESTA is currently reviewing this program to see if we are interested in participating,” he said.

Trustees approved the 2012 audit as presented by CPA Violet Kirkendall. They also approved the renewal of their Auto, Property and Casualty, Liability and Workers Comp insurance with Burrows Insurance Agency.

“In a nutshell, premiums as a whole are down for the same coverage,” Dave Burrows told trustees.

Finally, trustees approved the renewal

of Technical Service Support Agreement for heart monitors in the amount of $4,587 from Physio-Control.