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July 23, 2013

Commissioners approve medical cards for dispatch

NORMAN — Business moved quickly on Monday as foremen sat in for Cleveland County commissioners Rusty Sullivan and Darry Stacy.

All items of business were approved, including a license and service agreement for Emergency Medical Dispatch cards to assist dispatchers providing medical assistance to 911 callers.

Cleveland County Undersheriff Rhett Burnett said the cards help dispatch instruct callers on what to do until EMSStat or fire arrives.

“When somebody calls up dispatch and says, ‘I think my husband’s having a heart attack, what do I do,’ my dispatcher, who doesn’t necessarily have medical training, can flip to the particular card, actually they’re computerized, and it will tell her step-by-step-by-step questions to ask in order to provide medical assistance until EMSStat or fire gets there,” Burnett said.

The agreement is between the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and Priority Dispatch Corp. and is valid through June 30, 2014.

The Sheriff’s Office also had a resolution approved for the transfer of a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria from the sheriff’s office to the Lexington Police Department. Burnett said it is one of their reserve vehicles that is not fit for the geographical distance they cover.

Lexington will return the car to them when they’re done, he said.

District 1 Commissioner Rod Cleveland introduced the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church to lead the prayer and pledge of allegiance before the meeting was called to order.

Cleveland said they share constituents with the church, which is on Southeast 149th Street and Fishmarket Road. The church has been taking care of many of those affected by the storms in Cleveland and Pottawatomie counties, he said.

Pastor James Bond said they have had 235 “newbies” come into the church. He also thanked the county for all the work they have done.

“We’re cleaning up tornado debris still,” District 2 foreman Paul Meyer said during discussions regarding county business.

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