Nationalize EMT and Paramedic Licenses

Nationalize EMT and Paramedic Licenses

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Did you know that Nationally Certified EMT's and Paramedics who wish to assist as part of an emergency or disaster response out of their home state are not licensed to do so, since states require a state license (even though most states require National Certification prior to state licensure). 

We would request that the Legislature through law, or the President of the United States through an emergency executive order,  require states to accept Nationally Registered EMT and Paramedic certification in place of state licenses.  This would allow out of state rescue workers to perform duties in any state, under the direction of a local medical director and established protocols. 

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians serves as the emergency medical services certification organization for the majority of the United States. Created in 1970, The NREMT is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The mission of The Registry is to protect the public through national certification based on uniform standards for training and examination of EMS personnel. It exists as a way to unify EMS personnel across the United States in a uniform and standardized level of competency. By providing a National EMS Certification, the NREMT issues a validated and legally defensible attestation of competency.

 As of 2019, there are 12,005 EMRs, 262,754 EMTs, 16,554 AEMTs, and 103,518 Paramedics (EMT-Ps) registered by the NREMT. 46 states require the NREMT for initial state paramedic licensure and 45 states for initial state EMT licensure. 

In addition to civilian EMT's and Medics,  US Army medics are required by the military to maintain National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification at the EMT-basic level (the Army also requires its special ops medics to take the National Registry paramedic exam). The Air Force also requires its medics to pass the National Registry exam. 

(sources: wikipedia, NREMT)

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