LAWTON, OK (TNN) - An emergency services committee that has been inactive for years is being revamped by the Lawton City Council.
This new committee will enable members of city council and emergency service entities, like fire, police, and ambulances, to address complaints and other concerns in a private setting. Councilman Caleb Davis believes the last time the emergency services committee was active was back in the 1990s.
“Having a good plan for emergency response to national disasters and things of that nature, patient care, emergency care. If there’s a complaint about that, to be able to investigate that. Licensing, transport licensing, if a company does want to get a transport license and operate in our city, we’ll oversee, initiate that process, and oversee it and recommend it to council," said Davis. "It’s a pretty broad range of things, obviously, with emergency management, but this committee will oversee all of it.”
The committee will be made up of around thirteen representatives, four from city council and the rest from other emergency services, who will be allowed to change their representative from meeting to meeting.
“That’s one of the things we had to update, because before, the old ordinance required a physician to be the representative. Well, that’s very difficult for them to be able to schedule that and to get that much time away. So, it doesn’t need to be a physician. It just needs to be a representative from their company. You know, from the hospital or the ambulance service to represent their side or their perspective at the committee meeting,” said Davis.
Some meetings will be closed to the public, however, their complaints can also be taken to the committee.
“The committee will take that and investigate it and look into it and make recommendations, whether they’re disciplinary recommendations or training recommendations, whatever they might be based on that in order to insure the highest quality of, and that’s a stated purpose. The highest quality of care that’s practical," said Davis. "That’s what we want for our citizens here.”
Davis said the first meeting date has not been set yet, but he expects it to be next month.