By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Del City leaders last week renewed a contract with Pafford EMS of Oklahoma for ambulance service.
The city council unanimously approved the second year of a four-year contract with the ambulance service. Del City provides a subsidy of $360,000 annually.
Under the agreement, Pafford provides EMS service with 2 ½ ambulances dedicated to Del City. Two ambulances serve the city 24/7 and a third is staffed 12 hours per day during peak hours. Pafford is also required to meet response times.
Fire Chief Brandon Pursell said he’s been pleased with Pafford’s service and recommended renewal of the contract.
“They’re doing great with their response times and compliance with our criteria,” he said. “I think they’re doing a great job and the council felt that way too.”
Pursell pointed to Pafford’s impressive response for priority one calls which include life threatening and serious injuries. He said Pafford has been responding to those calls in just over 6 minutes, which is well below the required threshold of 8:59 on 90% of the calls.
Pafford has provided ambulance service in Del City since early 2021. The city signed a four-year deal in September 2022 that includes an option to renew each year. The current contract runs from Oct. 1 – Sept. 30, 2024.