The Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service and Wilson Fire Department were bestowed with prestigious awards Thursday evening at the Oklahoma EMT Association Banquet in Norman.
SOAS was awarded the Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service of the Year by the association while Wilson Fire Department won Emergency Medical Responder Service of the Year.
“We were really proud to win this award,” said SOAS Executive Director Bob W. Hargis. “For us, it shows that we have been consistent over the years. I was really excited that we both (SOAS and Wilson) won because we’re from the same area. It just shows what a great job the first responders here are doing.”
Hargis said the award is an honor because they were selected by their peers. He said the EMT Association ultimately picks who wins the award, but they choose from a pool of nominations. The nominations come from other organizations who want to recognize the work these teams are doing.
In order to be an Advanced Life Support Ambulance, the ambulance must provide paramedic level service— something SOAS has been doing since before they won this award exactly 20 years ago.
The Wilson Fire Department, which operates on a volunteer basis, won Emergency Medical Responder Service of the year for their outstanding work in responding to crisis situations.