STATEHOUSE — House Bill (HB) 1111, which deals with tactical emergency medicine, passed out of the Senate unanimously yesterday. State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) authored the measure.
Under current law, there are no specific citations that address the use of tactical emergency medicine. Currently, SWAT officers involved in violent confrontations are required to extract their fellow, wounded officers to secure areas where EMT’s can safely address the wounds.
“SWAT team members are trained in tactical emergency medicine, yet are not currently within their legal right to perform immediate life-saving measures,” said Rep. McNamara. “This bill remedies that problem by allowing trained individuals to save lives in the most dangerous of situations.” HB 1111 allows an individual to practice tactical emergency medicine if the individual:
1. is an emergency medical technician, an advanced emergency medical technician, or a paramedic;
2. is employed by a law enforcement agency or an emergency medical services agency to provide retrieval and field medical treatment to victims of violent confrontations; and
3. has successfully completed an accredited educational training program in tactics emergency medicine.
“This legislation will help save lives by allowing trained personnel to immediately respond in case of an emergency,” said Rep. McNamara. “Time is of the essence in these critical situations, and first responders shouldn’t be prohibited from acting in a time of need.”
HB 1111 will now be sent to Governor Pence for his signature to become law.