New Okla. law to let firefighters transport patients
The legislation was created in response to a firefighter breaking the rules after waiting for an ambulance then transporting a child with burns in a fire truck
By Leila Merrill
OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law Monday a bill that allows firefighters to transport patients under certain conditions, KFOR reported.
Sen. Darrell Weaver, (R-Moore), filed Senate Bill 1515 in response to a firefighter’s actions when he was dispatched to a child with second-degree burns on a majority of their body.
After waiting for an ambulance to arrive, he transported the child to the hospital in a fire truck even though firefighters were not authorized to transport patients.
For breaking the rules, he lost his leadership position at Station 34 but kept his rank and pay.
Under the new law that takes effect on Nov. 1, “a certified emergency medical response agency would be authorized to provide limited transport in an emergency vehicle after receiving the approval of appropriate medical control,” KFOR reported.
“Allowing emergency vehicles other than ambulances to transport someone to the hospital in an emergency situation or during a disaster – when every moment counts – will save lives and improve medical response times,” Rep. Mike Osburn, (R-Edmond) said. “I was glad to be able to secure House passage of this common-sense update to statute and happy to see it signed into law.”
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First responders need to train for prolonged patient care for the calls when ambulances are delayed or unavailable