International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) General President Harold Schaitberger issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives Passed the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2016:
“Emergency medical technicians are on the frontlines of our communities every day. Their life-saving skills are in high demand and require the strong conditioning and battle-tested medical training our veterans possess.”
“The men and women of our military’s unrivaled commitment to serve and protect make them a good fit for this important job when they return from their service. By passing this important bill, the House of Representatives put public safety and our veterans first.”
The Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2016 provides grants to states to streamline state requirements for veterans with military emergency medical training to become state certified EMTs, provided those states can demonstrate a shortage of these professionals.