Act 142 EMS Rule Making

Act 142, adopted by the 2009-2010 General Assembly, required the Vermont Department of Health to promulgate new EMS rules.

In accordance with the Act, the new rules are effective March 01, 2011

Rule Making Process

As a starting point for the formal rule making process, the Health Department held a series of public hearings around Vermont in August 2010 to encourage a broad discussion among stakeholders and the public about the changes needed, and about other ways to improve the EMS rules.

The Health Department issued its proposed EMS rules in November 2010. The proposed rules incorporate ideas gleaned from the August hearings, and address the Act 142 changes to EMS training requirements — use of nationally EMS certified VT National Guard personnel, EMS personnel recertification requirements, Registered Nurse and Physician Assistant participation in emergency medical treatment, and other elements of ambulance or first responder service operations.

A formal public comment period for the proposed rules was open through December 24, 2010. It is now closed and the proposed rules were filed with LCAR on January 12, 2011.

Proposed Rules for Vermont Emergency Medical Services

This information is for archival purposes.

The Health Department issued proposed EMS rules in November 2010. The proposed rules were then revised following a public comment period which ended December 24, 2010.

The following documents are PDF versions of the proposed EMS rules which have been filed with the Secretary of State’s Office and the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules:

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Prefiling Review - August 2010

The Health Department held a series of public hearings around Vermont in August 2010 to encourage a broad discussion among stakeholders and the public about the changes needed, and about other ways to improve the EMS rules.

Public Hearing Schedule PDF document
The schedule lists the location and times of the public meetings held around the state to discuss changes to the EMS rules.

Hearing Discussion Guide PDF document
A discussion guide of questions and information gathered from the hearings.

About the Public Hearings & Rule-Making Process PDF document

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Recertification Testing & Act 142

Important update about Act 142 & Recertification Testing PDF document
July 28, 2010 - This guidance replaces and supersedes EMS memo of June 3, 2010 relating to the new EMS legislation formerly referred to as H.647. This new legislation, which took effect on June 1, makes a number of significant changes for how EMS is regulated, and how written and practical examinations for recertification are administered.

This updated guidance explains that written and practical examinations are required for recertification until a new rule is adopted. Any EMTs who have filed a recertification application and submitted the required documentation of continuing education, but have not yet received a recertification card, must take the EMT recertification examination. The EMS Office will grant you an automatic six month extension of your current certification to allow you sufficient time to prepare for and take the test.

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