Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are trained to respond quickly to emergency situations involving medical issues, trauma injuries and accidents. These first responders, either professionals or volunteers, assist fire departments, ambulance services and rescue teams in stabilizing patients before transporting them to hospitals. EMTs are trained in basic life support techniques which include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation, controlling bleeding, preventing shock, body immobilization to prevent spinal damage, and splinting bone fractures. There is currently a nationwide shortage of EMTs due to budget cuts in many states. Many rural communities without full-time EMT professionals rely on volunteer EMTs. These volunteers face unique challenges including low population densities and call volumes, ambiguous geographic boundaries, longer response and transport times, a lack of acute care facilities, and the need to communicate over remote areas.
H.R.235 – Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2013
H.R.1009 – Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current Emergency Medical Technicians policy and wish to defeat H.R.235 and H.R.1009
I support establishing a demonstration program for states with a shortage of emergency medical technicians to streamline state requirements and procedures to assist veterans who completed military EMT training while serving in the Armed Forces to meet state EMT certification, licensure, and other requirements, and wish to pass H.R.235
I support tax incentives to recruit and retain voluntary EMTs by allowing sponsors of certain deferred compensation plans to elect to include length of service award plans for bona fide volunteers providing firefighting and fire prevention services, emergency medical services, ambulance services, and emergency rescue services; directs the Secretary of Labor to issue regulations exempting a length of service award program from treatment as an employee pension benefit plan, and wish to pass H.R.1009