Veteran Emergency Medical Technical Support Act Passes House

capitolOn May 12 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Veteran Emergency Medical Technical Support Act (HR 1818) by a vote of 415-1. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a demonstration program for states with a shortage of EMTs to streamline state requirements and procedures to assist veterans who completed military EMT training to meet state EMT certification, licensure, and other requirements. H.R. 1818 was introduced last April by Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Lois Capps (D-CA).

“I’d like to thank Representatives Kinzinger, Capps, and all of the cosponsors for their support in getting this bill passed,” said National Volunteer Fire Council Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Our nation’s returning veterans have skills that are critically needed in communities around the country. EMT shortages are a serious problem in many areas, and making it easier for veterans to transition to providing emergency medical services in a domestic setting is common sense and the right thing to do.”