Senior Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner are proposing more than $54 million in funds to support Cherokee Nation Emergency Medical Services. Hoskin met with tribal EMS personnel Thursday in Tahlequah to seek feedback on the department and discuss plans to strengthen fleet facilities and services.

Hoskin and Warner’s proposal includes a resolution that will support a new ambulance facility for Cherokee Nation EMS and an expanded new fleet of ambulances. The Cherokee Nation Council will be asked to approve the proposed resolution, which would allow the tribe to make the investments.

“Cherokee Nation’s EMS system provides a high level of care and responsiveness to much of our reservation,” Hoskin said. “Our EMS staff and the patients they serve deserve the best facilities and the best ambulances. These funds will allow our facilities and our fleet to reach this level. I am proud of the work our EMS team provides to our communities and look forward to providing them with the cutting edge resources they need.

The proposal also calls for emergency assistance to help stabilize ambulance service in Adair County, where an existing partnership with a non-tribal ambulance service will soon end, leaving the county to create a new ambulance service. ambulance through Adair County Emergency Medical Services.

Under Hoskin and Warner’s proposal, Cherokee Nation would provide up to $300,000 in operating expenses through May, when Adair County EMS believes it will be financially stable. Two surplus ambulances would also be donated to Adair County EMS as part of the proposal.

Cherokee Nation also provided Adair County with rental space for its emergency management services, at a nominal rate, in its former office complex in Stilwell.

“Thank you for the work our first responders do every day,” said District 8 Tribal Councilor Shawn Crittenden of Adair County. “And thank you again Chief and Deputy Chief for seeing a need here in Adair County and solving it.”

Under Hoskin and Warner’s proposal, the Cherokee Nation Emergency Management Service will conduct an assessment of emergency medical services across the reservation to identify those services most in need of emergency support. the Cherokee Nation.

“This legislation has the potential to impact the entire Cherokee Nation and provide vital services that not only help Cherokee citizens, but all who live in or visit the wonderful communities of northeast Oklahoma as we reach out and assess local needs,” Warner mentioned. “By working with local authorities, Cherokee Nation can help strengthen EMS services across the reservation.”

The Council of the Cherokee Nation will consider the resolution at a committee meeting on January 27. If approved during the committee, the proposal will be submitted for final approval at a special meeting of the Board scheduled for later the same day.

Projects and initiatives in the proposed resolution will be funded with funds under the Cherokee Nation’s COVID-19 Respond, Recover and Rebuild Plan and funds generated by the Tribal Health System.

“This proposal is another example of how we are working together to improve the lives of our citizens,” said District 7 Tribal Councilor Joshua Sam of Adair County. “The administration listens to the needs of our Cherokee citizens in Adair County and is committed to ensuring that our employees have the resources necessary to provide effective EMS service. I am thrilled for our people and look forward to supporting this legislation until it is finally passed.

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