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FOR RELEASE: November 10 , 2006
CONTACT: Leslea Bennett-Webb
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Prague and Stroud Ambulance Services Close Tonight
Temporary Arrangement in Place to Protect Citizens

EMTRO, the ambulance service serving the communities of Prague and Stroud, will close at midnight tonight, Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, according to the parent company, The Schuster Group.

At an emergency meeting convened today by the Oklahoma State Department of Health's Emergency
Medical Services Division, city officials from both communities and local ambulance providers developed temporary arrangements to ensure adequate ambulance coverage for both communities will be available. Citizens should continue to use the same emergency notification numbers as before.

Some EMTRO staff will be hired as temporary employees by other providers pending further arrangements. The city managers for both Prague and Stroud have asked for an assessment of emergency medical services resources in the county in order to recommend long-term solutions.

The Governor's Emergency Medical Services Task Force has been reviewing the problem of statewide ambulance service closures for the past year. A report from the task force is expected to be presented to the governor later this month.

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