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Last Updated 7/2/2010

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In September 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation to reform emergency medical services in California by increasing accountability and oversight.

Authored by Assemblymember Alberto Torrico (D-Newark), Assembly Bill 2917, known as EMT 2010, requires the EMS Authority to develop a single set of statewide standards for certification, disciplinary orders and conditions of probation for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

The legislation amended Health and Safety Code, Division 2.5, requiring that by July 1, 2010:

  • The EMS Authority must establish a central registry of EMT and Advanced EMT (AEMT) certification data;
  • All certified Emergency Medical Technicians [EMTs] and Advanced EMTs must be fingerprinted for state and federal background checks as a condition of certification; and
  • Local EMS agencies must afford EMTs and AEMTs a hearing, when requested, before an administrative law judge when taking disciplinary action on an EMT or AEMT certificate.

Paramedics were already subject to state and federal background checks as a condition of licensure, and their licenses disciplined in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act.

EMT 2010 is the biggest administrative challenge the EMS system in California has seen in the past decade and we have dedicated the resources of the EMS Authority to ensuring a smooth, effective transition. There are regulatory, technical, process and coordination components that are vital and interconnected.

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