Fire EMS, Health & Safety

Compact: EMS Providers Can Respond Across State Lines in Specific Scenarios

Issue 12 and Volume 170.

fireEMS ❘ By Suzanne Prentiss   As the emergency medical ­services (EMS) profession has evolved, so, too, has the mobility of EMS personnel. Providers need to respond across state lines for day-to-day duties as well as cross state lines for nongovernor-level declared disasters and for planned large-scale events. This has generated renewed discussions about the need to establish a universal mechanism that would ensure a legal, practical, and consistent pathway for EMS personnel to obtain a privilege to practice across state lines. Enter the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA). REPLICA is that formal pathway for the licensed individual to provide prehospital care across state lines under authorized circumstances. REPLICA increases access to EMS for patients, reduces regulatory barriers for EMS personnel, and brings unprecedented accountability to the EMS profession in cross-border practice. REPLICA History and Development The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) took the lead in…

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