Nov 03, 2015

IAEP Supports NAEMT Veteran’s Bill

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is currently promoting a bill that will honor the training of military medic veterans. The Veteran Emergency Medical Technicians Support Act of 2015 aims to help veteran military medics transition into vacant civilian EMT and Paramedic positions upon completion of military service.

Currently, the EMS industry has a shortage of field EMS practitioners. An overwhelming amount of military medics are leaving active duty and wish to enter the civilian workforce, but their military training is not honored as a part of certification as an EMT or Paramedic. They are required to duplicate their military medic training to obtain a state licensure to practice. This legislation will make it faster for these veterans to earn certification, filling these vacant spots in our communities across the U.S.

“This legislation will not only help these men and women that served in the military transition more effectively into a civilian EMS position, but will address the shortage of first responders across the country so we can better service our communities,” said IAEP National Director Phil Petit. “These veterans deserve to have their training and skills recognized and we will continue to update our members on the progress of this bill.”

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