WEST virginia legislature
2017 regular session
House Bill 2838
By Delegates Howell, Shott, Frich, dean, harshbarger, Hill, G. Foster, Martin, Hamrick, Arvon and Criss
[Originating the Committee on Health and Human Resources; Reported on March 21, 2017]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-24-8, relating to qualifications of emergency medical technicians; establishing an application; allowing military veterans who meet certain qualifications to qualify for examination for license as an emergency medical technician; requiring additional training if a certain amount of time has elapsed; and providing for reexamination in certain circumstances.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-24-8, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 24. QUALIFICATION OF ARMED FORCES HEALTH TECHNICIANS FOR CIVILIAN HEALTH OCCUPATIONS.
§30-24-8. Qualification for examination for license as an emergency medical technician.
(a) A person who has served on active duty in the medical corps of any of the Armed Forces of the United States and who has successfully completed the course of instruction required to qualify him or her for rating as an emergency medical technician, hospital corpsman, combat medic, health care specialist or other equivalent rating in his or her particular branch of the Armed Forces, and whose service in the Armed Forces was under honorable conditions, may submit to the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services:
(1) A photostatic copy of the certificate issued to him or her certifying successful completion of the course of instruction, or in the alternative, a photostatic copy of their current National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification; and
(2) A photostatic copy of his or her discharge from the Armed Forces; and
(3) An application for a certification as an emergency medical technician; and
(4) The prescribed license fee.
(b) If required information provided under subsection (a) is satisfactory, and if the veteran meets all of the requirements of article four-c, chapter sixteen, the veteran shall be permitted to take the same examination or examinations as are required under article four-c, chapter sixteen for an applicant who does not apply for a license under the provisions of this article.
(c) The veteran may be required to attend additional training courses prior to taking the examination if more than thirty years has passed from his or her successful completion of the course of instruction and date of application.
(d) If the veteran passes the examination or examinations, he or she shall be licensed as an emergency medical technician and shall be subject to the provisions of article four-c, chapter sixteen. If the veteran does not pass the examination or examinations, the provisions of article four-c, chapter sixteen of this code relating to reexaminations apply to the veteran the same as they apply to a person who does not apply for a license under the provisions of this article.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow military veterans who meet certain qualifications to qualify for examination for license as an emergency medical technician
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.