Last Updated 7/2/2010
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.
- USER ID Request Form (Submit one form for each requested USER ID) [DOC] [PDF]
- A preview of the new EMT and Advanced EMT Cards [JPG]
- EMT 2010 Rollout Information and Materials
- Grandfathering Information
- EMT2010 enabling legislation - AB 2917 Chapter 274, Statutes of 2008 [PDF]
- Regulation Changes/Additions Now in Effect
- AEMT Model Curriculum [PDF]
- Project overview presented to the EMS Commission in March, 2009 about the EMT 2010 project [PPT]
- Sample Forms