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On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the new Atoka County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director took over the helm.
Randy Bryant has worked as an Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) for the past 25 years. A former police officer, Bryant left Atoka to work for Ada Mercy Hospital. He spent 20 years with the hospital in Ada.
Bryant has also worked with the Air EVAC of Ada for three years.
“I’m excited, this is my home and I’m glad to be back.” Bryant commented when asked how he felt about the new position.
Bryant returned to Atoka five years ago to work as an Atoka County EMS.
He plans to keep moving forward. “Every Director before me did things differently, but in common we want to keep the Atoka County EMS moving forward.”
Bryant described himself as a go-getter. “If something needs to be done or if we need anything I’m not afraid of getting it for my people (EMTs)…I’ve been applying for grants and seeking areas for improvements.”
Following the approval of a Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant, the Atoka County EMS obtained a compression machine and electronic cots. These new upgrades help County EMS preform their jobs more efficiently.
“My main passion is public education… I’ve worked with the schools to provide CPR training and first aid. I’m a part of the Stop The Bleed Program, where we teach the public about triage and first aid.”
Bryant’s goal is to help the County EMS become more financially stable through grants and the EMS membership program.
Bryant is an Atoka native. He has four children, two of which are EMT’s as well. Jessica Bryant-Slade is an Atoka EMT. Bryant’s other daughter is an EMT in Washington state.