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New law will help healthcare providers volunteer as EMTs

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The law applies to professionals like physician assistants and nurses.

Starting on January first, health care providers will be able to work as EMTs without undergoing additional medical training.

Representative Daniel Swanson sponsored the law after hearing from fire chiefs who had medical professionals hoping to volunteer during the pandemic. He said he hopes it will help support EMS services in rural areas.

"I'm hoping the impact is that we can grow our rural services through these people with advanced skills and to provide more of the EMT services within our communities," Swanson said.

The law will apply to professionals like physician assistants and nurses, who don't require additional medical training to treat patients. But, he said, they will still be required to complete training specific to EMS work, like ambulance operation and communication.

Steph Whiteside is a Digital Media News Specialist with WSIU radio in Carbondale, Ill. She previously worked as a general reporter at AJ+ and Current TV.
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