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A letter from Executive Director Tony Spector:
The EMSRB recently learned of an email circulating throughout the EMS and public safety communities in Minnesota. The subject matter of this email pertains to this agency’s post-transition education workgroup, a group comprised of over 20 EMS educators and EMS stakeholders from urban, suburban, and rural Minnesota. What follows is presented in an effort to provide accurate information, to invite stakeholder input, and to belay rumors that have been created and continue to circulate from misinformation.
As a threshold matter, please note that very little was decided at the September 24th meeting of this workgroup. Here’s what was decided: (1) the workgroup supports continuing to utilize the National Registry as the standard for initial EMT certification in Minnesota; and (2) the workgroup would meet again during the first full week of October. Nothing more was decided.
One of the discussion topics presented at the September 24th meeting is the NREMT’s Mark King Initiative, a program that would allow previously-certified NREMT personnel the opportunity to regain their NREMT certification without testing .
Also discussed was the NREMT National Continued Competency Program (NCCP). The NCCP is a new model for recertification that streamlines the process into three categories of continuing education: National, Local and Individual. Much discussion ensued, with all member of the workgroup expressing their ideas, questions, and concerns, especially those relating to the potential impact these options could have on EMS personnel statewide, with specific focus and interest on any potential impact in rural Minnesota. The success of rural EMS is tremendously important to all members of the workgroup and to the EMSRB.
Whether the workgroup ultimately recommends to the full board of the EMSRB that it adopt the National Registry NCCP recertification model regarding the EMT renewal process in Minnesota remains to be seen; we are in discussion-phase only. To be clear, this option is but one of many being considered and vetted by this workgroup. Other options include, but are not limited to, leaving the current process intact, making minimal adjustments to what currently is required by Minnesota statute, or totally revamping and designing a recertification process that meets the needs of EMS personnel and ensures the public’s health and safety with appropriate and consistent EMS education across the state.
As stated earlier, this is a work in progress. The workgroup’s meetings are open to anyone wishing to attend. It next meets on Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Allied Medical Training, 2300 Myrtle Avenue in Saint Paul.
If you have specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly or the EMSRB EMS Specialist in your area.
The EMSRB Medical Direction Standing Advisory Committee (MDSAC) has developed and is now providing the MDSAC 2015 Medical Directors Operational Guidance to assist ambulance service medical directors statewide. This guidance was developed to assist all medical directors with understanding their roles and responsibilities and to provide resources where assistance can be obtained if needed.
11/19/2015 - 10:00AM
Location: EMSRB Offices, 4th Floor Conference Room A
2829 University Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
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