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Local Lawmaker Sponsors More Legislation Benefiting EMS

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 290

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A local lawmaker has introduced more legislation in Springfield that is designed to help local emergency medical technicians, especially in smaller, more rural areas.

Legislation introduced earlier this month by State Representative Don Moffitt was approved would allow pre-Hospital Registered Nurses to provide services on emergency vehicles regardless of what level of ambulance they’re assigned to.

The Gilson Republican says the legislation only applies to smaller-populated areas.

“In the case of a volunteer ambulance service, this serves a population of 7,500 or under, and they’re licensed as an EMT-Basic Service, if they happen to have a volunteer in that community whose licensure is listed as ‘Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse,’ they can be a volunteer on an ambulance service,” Moffitt said.

Moffitt says that allows those rural ambulance service to provide the highest possible care, while also giving them staffing alternatives.

Moffitt says, however, that’s a decision that will be up to the individual ambulance service.