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Pa. bill helping veterans become EMTs, paramedics passes house

Bill by Rep. Dane Watro would streamline the certification process for veterans with medic training



Republican & Herald

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Dane Watro, R-116, Kline Twp., that would streamline the licensing process for veterans seeking a civilian career as an emergency medical technician or paramedic passed unanimously Thursday in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 404 will next be considered by the Senate.

“My bill would enable our veterans who wish to continue their medic specialty after their military service is over to do so more easily,” said Watro, who is a veteran. “We want to prevent the duplication of education and training to help make their transition to civilian life as seamless as possible.”

Watro’s proposal would ensure that a service member’s military education and training are taken into consideration for the purpose of fulfilling requirements for professional credentials related to EMS providers.

Current law requires certain state agencies to strongly consider a veteran’s military education, training and experience for the purpose of fulfilling requirements for professional credentials.

Under Watro’s bill, the Department of Health, which certifies EMTs and paramedics, would be added to the list, as would the Department of Agriculture.

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