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
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.
This was truly a positive outcome from a national grassroots effort in paramedicine. I commend the NREMT for listening to their stakeholders. My faith in humanity is restored 😃😃.https://t.co/cxcnygXxX0— TheDoctorMedic (@TheDoctorMedic2) August 18, 2022
NREMT has rescinded 22-Resolution-13. The Board’s willingness to reconsider and to act on the concerns of the stakeholders was, frankly, courageous and appreciated. Overall, we need to be able to assure nationwide standards are met.— Michael Levy (@mklevy10) August 18, 2022
NREMT's decision today is a reminder that being loud isn't the same thing as being correct. Before Resolution 22-13, they were only hearing from the loudest voices. Those voices turned out to be a very small minority.— David Fifer (@DownToFifer) August 18, 2022
Some commenters focused on ensuring standards and on improving the field.