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Insurance Commissioner Urges More Young People To Join Volunteer Departments
While touring fire damage in Cleveland County earlier this week the state insurance commissioner addressed an issue many volunteer fire departments are facing.
"We have a really aging volunteer fire fighting force in the state of Oklahoma. This needs to be a wake up call to all oklahomans that volunteering with your local departments is very admirable and see that it makes a huge difference.
We need to encourage those younger Oklahomans to participate and help out in this effort ," said Commissioner John Doak.
Piedmont Fire Chief, Andy Logan, agrees. He says recruiting younger people to volunteer is a challenge. Logan says he appreciates anybody willing to volunteer but says the need for younger firefighters is there.
Logan says many departments have several people raching retirement age and those spots need to be filled. He encourages not just young people, but everybody to get involved.
Posted: Friday, August 10 2012, 09:26 PM CDT
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Pace slows in testing after Tulsa health scare
May 24, 2013 12:51 GMT
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Additional tests reveal no new cases of hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS among patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of running dirty clinics.
The pace of people seeking testing has slowed. About 3,900 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington have gone to state clinics for testing. In March, health departments urged testing for 7,000 patients. Just 54 patients sought tests within the past week.
Inspectors said they found unsanitary conditions inside Harrington's clinics at Tulsa and Owasso.
So far, 70 patients have tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and three for HIV, but there is no indication the diseases spread at the clinics. Health experts say the spread of disease in dental clinics is extremely rare.
Harrington is cooperating with the investigation.
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