In an effort to help address the increasing shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in New Jersey, Assemblywomen Angelica Jimenez and Britnee N. Timberlake have sponsored legislation that would make it easier for applicants to obtain EMT-Basic certification if they had previously received certification from another state with standards equivalent to or exceeding New Jersey’s.
Upon the bill (A-516) unanimously passing the full Assembly, Assemblywomen Jimenez and Timberlake released the following statements:
“As a healthcare professional, I’ve seen firsthand just how important an EMT’s work is. They help save lives every day, which is why we need to make sure New Jersey has enough certified EMTs throughout our state,” said Assemblywomen Jimenez (D-Bergen, Hudson). “By providing certification to EMTs who already received their Basic certification in a state with the same standards as our own, we can streamline the process and make New Jersey more appealing to any EMTs who are considering moving here.”
“Our state has a vested interest in protecting public health and safety by making sure we have a robust network of EMTs,” said Assemblywoman Timberlake (D-Essex, Passaic). “New Jersey’s volunteer EMT shortage has drastically reduced the number of EMS squads available to respond to emergencies in our communities. Eliminating barriers that have prevented these brave and qualified men and women from helping others creates additional opportunities for service in New Jersey.”
The legislation will now go to the Senate.