Legislative Changes: Ohio Fire and EMS certifications to expire on a Common Date

From the Ohio Division of EMS:

Dear Ohio Certified First Responders/ EMT’s/Paramedics,

The Division of EMS has been given the ability through legislation, (H.B. 1), to begin issuing certifications for all levels both Fire and EMS, to expire on a common date. This date as established through the implementation of H.B. 401 will be the certification holder’s date of birth. This will give both the certificate holder and the division the ability to more easily track multiple certifications and the continuing education requirements that must be met for each one.

The Board of EMS, The Fire Training Committee and the staff of the Division of EMS are in the process of writing and approving rules, policies and procedures that will be utilized in implementing this new law and regulating it in the years to come. It is our goal to have this completed and implemented by 1/1/2011. This means that the expiration date of all EMS certifications will be changed to the card holder’s date of birth on that date.

ALL ACTIVE OHIO CERTIFIED FIRST RESPONDERS/ EMT’S/PARAMEDICS WILL BE AFFECTED BY THIS CHANGE IN THE LAW

ALL active Ohio certified First Responders/ EMT’s/Paramedics will be affected by this change in the law. For those who are dual certified through the division for both EMS and Fire, their EMS certification will be moved to the same expiration date as their current active Ohio Firefighter certification. For those who are certified for EMS only, their expiration date will be moved to their date of birth in the same year that their current Ohio EMS certification now expires.

Since all certification periods will be changed from the 3-year cycle that was in place at the time the affected certifications were issued, continuing education(CEU) requirements will also be changed. For all EMS certification holders whose Ohio certification period is lengthened, the continuing education required will not be changed. These certification holders will simply have more time to complete the educational requirements that are now in place in rule for renewal. For those certification holders whose Ohio EMS certification period is shortened, the continuing education required will be prorated to a lesser amount. These lesser amounts will be detailed on a chart that will be made available on our website at www.ems.ohio.gov when the rules are approved. Please visit the website often for this update.

ALL ACTIVE OHIO CERTIFIED FIRST RESPONDERS/ EMT’S/PARAMEDICS WILL BE AFFECTED BY THIS CHANGE IN THE LAW

This notice is to inform you of this change in the law and the certification process by the Division of EMS. You are receiving this notice because our records indicate that YOU WILL BE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THIS CHANGE IN THE LAW. Please check the expiration dates of all active certifications you now hold that were issued by the Division of EMS to see how YOU will be affected. If you have any questions concerning this matter please contact John L. Kennington, Certification Coordinator, or any member of the Certification Staff at the Division of EMS.