2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 8, 2017 - Introduced by
Joint Legislative Council. Referred to
Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
1An Act to amend
20.435 (1) (ch) and 256.12 (5) (title) and (a); and to create
256.12 (5) (am) of the statutes;
relating to: funding for first responder and
3emergency medical technician training and certification and making an
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill is explained in the Notes provided by the Joint Legislative Council in
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
Joint Legislative Council prefatory note: This bill was prepared for the Joint
Legislative Council Study Committee on Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical
Technician (EMT) Shortages. The bill makes certain modifications to the emergency
medical services funding assistance program, which is administered by the Department
of Health Services (DHS).
Under current law, funds are available through the program to ambulance service
providers that are public agencies, volunteer fire departments, and nonprofit
corporations, for certain qualifying expenses. A portion of the funds may only be used to
pay for costs associated with EMT-basic level training or continuing education.
Currently, DHS distributes this portion of the funds using a multi-level formula that
considers call volume and whether the service has an EMT-basic on its service roster.
This bill expands the permitted use of the portion of the funds that currently may
only be used to pay for EMT-basic level training or continuing education. Under the bill,
an ambulance service provider may use the portion of the funds, which is currently
dedicated to EMT-basic training, to also pay costs associated with first responder level
training or continuing education, including examination costs. The bill also specifies that
an ambulance service provider may escrow unused funds in the year they are distributed.
In any subsequent year, the escrowed funds may be used to purchase the training
required for licensure or renewal of a first responder certificate or any level of EMT
license, and for those examination costs. The use of these escrowed funds is not limited
to only first responder or EMT-basic training and continuing education costs.
20.435 (1) (ch) of the statutes is amended to read:
(ch) Emergency medical services; aids.
The amounts in the schedule 3
for emergency medical technician — basic and first responder
training and 4
examination aid under s. 256.12 (5) and for ambulance service vehicles or vehicle 5
equipment, emergency medical services supplies or equipment or emergency 6
medical training for personnel under s. 256.12 (4).
256.12 (5) (title) and (a) of the statutes are amended to read:
(title) Emergency medical technician and first responder training
9and examination aid.
(a) From the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (1) (ch), 10
the department shall annually distribute funds to ambulance service providers that 11
are public agencies, volunteer fire departments, or nonprofit corporations to 12
purchase the training required for licensure and renewal of licensure as an 13
emergency medical technician — basic under s. 256.15 (6)
or for certification and
14renewal of certification as a first responder under s. 256.15 (8)
, and to pay for 15
administration of the examination required for licensure or renewal of licensure as 16
an emergency medical technician — basic under s. 256.15 (6) (a) 3. and (b) 1 or
17certification or renewal of certification as a first responder under s. 256.15 (8)
256.12 (5) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) If an ambulance service provider does not use funds received 20
under par. (a) within a calendar year, the ambulance service provider may escrow
those funds in the year in which the funds are distributed to the ambulance service 2
provider. In a subsequent year, an ambulance service provider may use escrowed 3
funds to purchase the training required for certification or renewal of certification 4
as a first responder or licensure or renewal of licensure as an emergency medical 5
technician at any level or to pay for administration of the examination required for 6
certification or renewal of certification as a first responder or for licensure or renewal 7
of licensure as an emergency medical technician at any level.