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April 09, 2014

Ind. EMTs could lose rank with new certification requirements

The additional training focuses on medications for drug overdoses, low blood sugar, and breathing problems; five certification levels will go down to three

WAWV.COM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana is now requiring EMTs to receive more training or risk dropping to a lower rank. There are currently five certification levels, with the new requirements there will be only three. If EMTs don't receive the new certification, they won't be able to use many of the life saving skills they've used their entire careers. More than 20 emergency responders in Terre Haute will lose their rank this summer. 

"They'll still be able to provide a basic level of care such as oxygen administration and patient assessment," said Terre Haute Fire Department Captain Scott Dalton.

The new certifications requires EMTs to receive at least 100 hours of training and several tests. Those who pass will be able to administer life saving techniques.

Read full storyNew EMT Requirements Could Affect Emergency Response

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John Hansen John Hansen Wednesday, April 09, 2014 3:40:39 PM Same thing is happening in Iowa. We still do not have enough providers, yet the state wants us to go up or down a level. Problem is if I go up a level, I still can't do any more than I'm doing now. If I do nothing the state will take me down a level and I will loss some of the lifesaving drugs and skills I have been trained and doing for 10 years! After 25 years in the service of EMS I really question weather to keep volunteering to put up the the bureaucrats and their agenda!
Laura Klatt Laura Klatt Wednesday, April 09, 2014 6:31:57 PM Same thing in NY. EMT-I's have to upgrade to critical care or drop to a basic. Funny thing is (in my area at least) there is very little difference between a CC and a P now.... Wondering what it is going to do to all us paramedics?
Rainbow Reinheimer Rainbow Reinheimer Friday, April 11, 2014 5:41:54 PM ty for sharing...I dont know you brother, but thank you for serving...DONT give up,,,we need our volunteers,,,,and you are appreciated!

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