House Passes Emergency Medical Technician Support Act

On February 12, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 235, the Emergency Medical Technician Support Act, which directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a program to help transition veterans who completed military EMT training while serving in the Armed Forces to meet state EMT certification, licensure, and other requirements. States that have a shortage of EMTs would be eligible to receive demonstration grants to implement a transition program. H.R. 235 authorizes up to $1 million per year from FY 2014-18 to fund this program.

The National Volunteer Fire Council supports H.R. 235.