EMERGENCY NUMBERS
EMERGENCY PHONES
Muskogee, Ft. Gibson and Surrounding Communities

911 or (918)683-0108

Warner

911 or (918)683-0108

Haskell

911 or (918)683-0108
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
  1. Why do ambulances sometimes run red lights and sirens to a call, but not back to the hospital?
  2. Why do I occasionally see ambulances sitting on the side of the road?
  3. Just what do paramedics do in the back of the ambulance?
  4. What do the initials “EMT” stand for?
  5. Are all EMT’s “Paramedics?”
  6. Why do ambulances sometimes seem to sit on scene so long before transporting the patient to the hospital?
  7. Why can’t family members ride in the back of an ambulance?
  8. Why have I sometimes seen an ambulance, with the red lights and sirens on, go through an intersection, and then suddenly they turn off the lights and sirens, and just pull into a parking lot to turn around?
  9. What does the “Star of Life” mean that I see on the EMT uniforms?
  10. Why is the word “AMBULANCE” spelled backwards on the front of the ambulance?
  11. What should I do if I’m in my car and I see an ambulance, with lights and sirens on, behind me?
  12. How do I transfer my out-of-state EMT license to the State of Oklahoma?
  13. How do I renew my EMT license in the State of Oklahoma?
  14. When I call for an ambulance, why does the dispatcher ask so many questions?
  15. How do I become a Emergency Medical Responder or EMT in Oklahoma?

1. Why do ambulances sometimes run red lights and sirens to a call, but not back to the hospital?
Because of advancements in pre-hospital care, it is no longer necessary to rush back to the hospital in all cases. Muskogee County EMS paramedics are in contact with the emergency room staff, and may perform many procedures, and administer medications as needed, before arrival at the hospital.
In addition, some studies have shown that running with red lights and sirens may increase the risk of the ambulance being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

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2. Why do I occasionally see ambulances sitting on the side of the road?
Muskogee County is one of the largest counties in Oklahoma. Because of this, when one of our satellite-stationed ambulances (i.e. in Fort Gibson, Warner, Haskell or Webbers Falls) respond to a call, we frequently rotate another ambulance to that part of the county. This helps us to more rapidly respond if a second emergency call comes in from that community.

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3. Just what do paramedics do in the back of the ambulance?
Pre-hospital medicine has come a long ways since the 1970’s and 80’s. Paramedics can now stabilize more patients in the field, including administering medications, assisting a patient to breathe, starting an IV, and faxing an EKG to the emergency room doctor, all before the ambulance even leaves your driveway!

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4. What do the initials “EMT” stand for?
Emergency Medical Technician

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5. Are all EMT’s “Paramedics?”
No. The Paramedic level is at the top of the pre-hospital pyramid in Oklahoma. There are four levels recognized by the Oklahoma State Department of Health – Emergency Systems Division in Oklahoma. The First level is the Emergency Medical Responder, followed by the Basic EMT, the Intermediate EMT, and then the Paramedic EMT at the top of the pyramid.

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6. Why do ambulances sometimes seem to sit on scene so long before transporting the patient to the hospital?
Because of advances in pre-hospital care, some patients may benefit from additional time taken at the scene to stabilize before transport. An example may be someone having a heart attack, breathing problems, etc. Muskogee County EMS paramedics are in contact with the emergency room staff, and may perform many procedures and administer medications as needed, before arrival at the hospital.

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7. Why can’t family members ride in the back of an ambulance?
The need for safety and patient care is a major concern for us. The limited space in the back of our ambulance, as well as the number of seatbelts, only allow for the patient and the EMT in most situations. Usually the family member will be asked to ride in the front cab of the ambulance, with the seat belt in place.

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8. Why have I sometimes seen an ambulance, with the red lights and sirens on, go through an intersection, and then suddenly they turn off the lights and sirens, and just pull into a parking lot to turn around?
Because of the need to respond to emergencies in a rapid and efficient manner, we dispatch an ambulance as soon as we get the call. On occasion though, the person calling for the ambulance may change his or her mind, and cancel the ambulance. When the call is cancelled, the EMT’s on the ambulance will immediately turn off the lights and siren.

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9. What does the “Star of Life” mean that I see on the EMT uniforms?
Each leg of the star has a meaning.

 
  1. Detection
  2. Reporting
  3. Response
  4. On scene care
  5. Care in transit
  6. Transfer to definitive care

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10. Why is the word “AMBULANCE” spelled backwards on the front of the ambulance?
This is done so that when an ambulance is approaching you from behind, and you look in your car’s rear view mirror, it will be spelled correctly.

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11. What should I do if I’m in my car and I see an ambulance, with lights and sirens on, behind me?
Pull safely to the right, and stop.

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12. How do I transfer my out-of-state EMT license to the State of Oklahoma?
To apply for reciprocity in Oklahoma, contact the Oklahoma State Department of Health – Emergency Systems Division, at (405) 271-4027 or check the website at www.ok.gov/health/Protective_Health/Emergency_Medical_Services/

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13. How do I renew my EMT license in the State of Oklahoma?
Click on the link provided and it will take you to the Oklahoma State Department of Health – Emergency Systems Division’s web site for more information on renewal. www.ok.gov/health/Protective_Health/Emergency_Medical_Services/

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14. When I call for an ambulance, why does the dispatcher ask so many questions?
Our goal at Muskogee County EMS is to provide a zero response time on all emergency calls. By asking these pertinent questions, the dispatcher not only provides the responding paramedics with critical information to help them prepare for proper patient care, it also gives the dispatcher needed information to begin patient care, in the form of pre-arrival instructions, while you are still on the phone.

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15. How do I become an Emergency Medical Responder or EMT in Oklahoma?
Click here for more information on becoming an Emergency Medical Responder or EMT in Oklahoma.

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Note: The information provided above is only intended to be a general descriptive guide and summary, and is subject to change without notice.