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EMS providers applaud NREMT decision to rescind certification proposal

Many industry professionals said they felt that stakeholders had been listened to, and some say this is a time to uphold standards and improve the industry


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By Leila Merrill

COLUMBUS, Ohio — EMS providers are applauding the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ move to rescind its resolution on expanding eligibility requirements.

The resolution would have changed the eligibility criteria for all certification levels – EMR, EMT, AEMT and paramedic – to include the successful completion of an EMS education program that meets or exceeds the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards and has been awarded CAAHEP accreditation; has been issued a CoAEMSP “letter of Review”; or has received state EMS office approval.

The NREMT board’s recent reversal was warmly received, and many who posted comments online said that stakeholders were heard.

Some commenters focused on ensuring standards and on improving the field.