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EMS Frequently Asked Questions


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How do I register for a certification test?

Each fire and/or EMS training agency in the state of Ohio has test registration applications. Please see your instructor or program coordinator to obtain a test registration form. Test registration forms must be received by our office at least ten (10) BUSINESS days prior to an examination.

 

How do I register for an initial EMS certification test?

Please see your instructor or program coordinator to obtain information on the process for registering for an EMS examination. You are required to sign up for an account and register for your examination through the National Register of Emergency Medical Services.

 

What is the NREMT assessment examination?

The assessment examination is an examination developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Services. The assessment examination is currently used for the reinstatement of an expired certification, in lieu of continuing education, and EMS instructor knowledge examinations.

 

How do I register for an assessment examination certification test?

You are required to sign up for an account and register for your examination through the National Register of Emergency Medical Services. If you have questions, please contact EMS Staff at (800) 233-0785 or (614) 752-7813.

 

How do I register for an initial fire certification examination?

Please see your instructor or program director to obtain information on the process for registering for a fire examination. The Division of EMS has developed a web-based testing system that allows our approved fire charters to administer the fire examinations. If you have questions, please contact EMS Staff at (800) 233-0785 or (614) 752-3946.

 

How will I get my test score?

Test scores for all initial EMT certifications will be mailed to you from the National Registry. All Fire test scores will be reported by the training institution.

 

Has my card been sent yet?

An initial firefighter certification card will be mailed to you three to five weeks from the time you receive your passing test results. An initial EMT certification card will be mailed within three to five weeks from the time we receive your complete application and test results. You will be notified by letter regarding any problems with your certification application. Once test scores are entered into our database system, cards are then printed and mailed. If you need to check on the status of your certification card, please contact EMS Certification at (800) 233-0785.

 

How do I renew my certification?

All EMTs are sent a reminder postcard regarding certification renewal 180 days prior to the expiration date of the certificate to practice. Please follow the instructions for renewal when you receive this postcard. We send all correspondence to the most recent address we have on file. If your address has changed, please fill out a Change of Address form and return it to our office for processing, or change your address online through our Certification Renewal website. If you need a replacement card, please fill out a Request for Replacement Card form and return it to our office for processing. If you have questions, please contact EMS Certification Staff at (800) 233-0785.

 

How do I transfer my current EMT card to Ohio?

Reciprocity information and downloadable packets for each level of EMS provider that Ohio recognizes are available on our Forms page. You MUST have a current National Registry certification in order to file. If you do not, you must work with the training school where you took your original training to accomplish this. You may also want to contact the National Registry office at (614) 888-4484. If you have questions, please contact the EMS Education Section at (800) 233-0785 or (614) 387-0449.

 

What is firefighter equivalency?

There is a process called "equivalency" for transferring your out of state or military training to Ohio. The information and complete downloadable packets for firefighters is located on our Fire Services page. If you have questions regarding this process, please e-mail or call EMS at (800) 233-0785 or (614)752-3946.

 

How do I apply for firefighter equivalency?

To apply for Firefighter equivalency, you must submit a completed application along with a verification of training form (available on our Fire Services page). Please send the verification of training form to the state agency where you are currently certified as a firefighter or to the training base for the branch of the military where you received training. When you receive the verification of training form back from the verifying agency, please submit it along with your application, copies of your certificate of training, copies of completion of NIMS 100 & 700. It will be determined from this information where you qualify, and you will be permitted at that time to test for certification in Ohio.

Submit completed forms to Ohio Division of EMS / P.O. Box 182073 / Columbus, Ohio 43218-2073 / Attn: Doug Orahood. If you have questions regarding this process please e-mail or call EMS at 800-233-0785 or (614)752-3946.

 

How do I submit a change of address and name change?

Please fill out a Change of Address form and return it to our office for processing. All information must be included. If you are submitting a name change, a copy of the legal document that changed your name is required (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce decree). Incomplete forms will NOT be processed. You may also change your address online through the Certification Renewal website. If you have questions, please contact EMS Certification Staff at (800) 233-0785.

 

How do I request a duplicate card if I have lost my certification card?

If you need a replacement card, please fill out a Request for Replacement Card form and return it to our office for processing. Incomplete forms will NOT be processed. If you have questions, please contact EMS Certification Staff at (800) 233-0785.

 

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Reciprocity Frequently Asked Questions


What if I do not already have registration with the National Registry?

Ohio utilizes the National Registry for their testing mechanism, as do other states at the present time. It will be necessary for you to obtain current registration in order for you to file for reciprocity. You may go to the National Register of Emergency Medical Services and download a copy of the appropriate level of application in which you are applying for reciprocity in Ohio. When you download this application, you will find that page 1 will be information pertaining to yourself. Page 2 will then be information that your original training school will have to verify. If for some reason your original training school will not verify this information for you and requires you to come back to obtain proper validation, that is strictly between you and the training school and does not involve Ohio's Division of EMS.

 

What if was registered with the National Registry, but my registration has lapsed?

You must go through the NREMT's reinstatement process. Please contact the NREMT at (614) 888-4484.

 

I'm filing for reciprocity at the EMT-Basic level and I need the 12-hour Advanced Airway Curriculum course of instruction. Where do I obtain this training?

You can search for accredited training facilities here. Please advise the EMS Program Coordinator who operates the training school you choose that you need the 12-hour Advanced Airway Curriculum for the basic level.

 

How long is the reciprocity process?

As soon as our office is in receipt of the necessary paperwork and documentation, it is looked over to ensure validity and educational curriculum and education matches Ohio's current requirements. Once all documentation has been sufficed, the information is forwarded to Certifications, who will then take 7-10 working days to enter the data into the computer system. Once the information is entered, the Division of EMS views you as certified, and you may begin practicing pre-hospital patient care with a department. However, please keep in mind that the department in which you are going to be employed has the ultimate decision and may require you to provide them with a copy of your Ohio Certificate to Practice prior to you providing patient care. In that case, you must wait for your card to arrive. Certificates to Practice will be forwarded to you as soon as the printing service has them completed.

 

I'm coming from the military and I am trained well above the Ohio EMT-Basic level. Can I apply for the Paramedic level instead of the Basic level?

As you can appreciate that the military has its own standards of training and job titles, each state also has a standard to uphold. In Ohio, the EMS Board is governed by the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). In turn, the EMS Board has written specific Administrative Codes that coincide with the ORC, and all training is written within those two separate codes. The military is only approved (through the NREMT) to train the EMT-Basic. The military has authority to pay for an enlisted serviceman to attend a Paramedic course, however that course is operated by a contracted state organization. The only way one could apply for a Paramedic level of certification is for that serviceman to provide a current NREMT registration as well as a current state certification from the state where the original Paramedic training was obtained.

 

When I took the EMT-Basic training at my training school, we were taught about the ET tube. Do I still have to take the advanced airway class?

The only initial curriculum that mirrors Ohio when it comes to the advanced airway is South Carolina. Candidates from all other states and the military MUST take the advanced airway course at an accredited training facility in Ohio.

 

Where do I send all of these forms?

Please follow the directions sheet to know which forms and requested information are forwarded to which appropriate agency. This will expedite the process, and lessen frustration on the reciprocity candidate's part.

 

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House Bill 128 Frequently Asked Questions


What is House Bill 128?

It was legislation revising the requirements for ambulance staffing and driver requirements. It also revised priorities for distributing grant funding and specifies additional titles used by EMS personnel. The law became effective September 23, 2011.

 

What is substantially utilizing volunteers?

An EMS organization is considered to be substantially utilizing volunteers if in a particular week when the paid individuals, taken as a whole, are scheduled for a total of not more than 192 hours in that week.

 

Under the law, what are the qualifications for driving an ambulance on an emergency run?

The driver must be at least 18 years old and must hold an Ohio EMS or fire certification.

 

In reference to the driver of an ambulance, do the requirements for driving during an emergency run to the scene of an emergency differ from the requirements for transporting a patient?

Yes. Driving to the SCENE of an emergency run for paid, combination, or volunteer departments, the ambulance shall be staffed by at least one EMT-B, EMT-I, or paramedic. This individual may also serve as the driver. In the case when a patient is being TRANSPORTED to the hospital when an EMS organization is using paid individuals or NOT substantially utilizing volunteers, the ambulance shall be staffed as follows: It must include at least two EMT-basics, EMT-intermediates or paramedics or combinations thereof. One of these individuals may serve as the driver. In the case when a patient is being TRANSPORTED to the hospital, when an EMS organization is using all volunteers or substantially utilizing volunteers , the ambulance shall be staffed as follows: It must include at least two EMT-basics, EMT-intermediates or paramedics, or combinations thereof, or by at least one First Responder and one EMT-basic, EMT-intermediate or paramedic. One of these individuals may serve as the driver, but if the minimum staffing requirement is being met by utilizing a First Responder, the First Responder must serve as the driver.