Kan. bill would relax rules on rural ambulance drivers

The legislation would provide relief to rural agencies who are stretched thin when it comes to budgets and personnel


By EMS1 Staff

NORTON, Kan. — A new bill would allow rural ambulances to be driven by people without medical training.

KWCH reported that a trained EMT or nurse would still be required to respond with the ambulance, but the bill would assist rural EMS agencies with a shortage of trained personnel.

The bill would change the required number of medical professionals on each rig from two to one. (Photo/iStock)
The bill would change the required number of medical professionals on each rig from two to one. (Photo/iStock)

Proponents say it’s the best way to ensure calls are being responded to in a timely manner, while opponents, like Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services Director Joe House, say not having two medically-trained workers on board will put patients at risk.

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