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Subchapter C. OTHER PERSONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE STATEWIDE EMS SYSTEM

Sec.
§ 1023.51.Certified EMS instructors.
  (a) Certification. The Department will certify as an EMS instructor an individual who meets the following qualifications:
       (1) Has completed an application for EMS instructor certification on a form or through an electronic process, as prescribed by
             the Department.

       (2) Is 18 years of age or older.
       (3) Has successfully completed an EMS instructor’s course approved by the Department or possesses a bachelor’s degree in
             education, a teacher’s certification in education, a doctorate or master’s degree.

       (4) Has provided at least 20 hours of instruction time in an EMS provider educational course monitored by a certified EMS
             instructor designated by the EMS educational institute’s administrative director.

       (5) Possesses current certification as an EMT or higher level EMS provider.
       (6) Possesses current certification in CPR or current certification as a CPR instructor.
       (7) Possesses at least 1 year of experience in providing EMS as an EMT or higher level EMS provider.
  (b) Triennial registration. An EMS instructor certification is deemed registered for 3 years. Thereafter, an EMS instructor shall
         triennially register the certification by completing a form or through an electronic process, as prescribed by the Department. An
         EMS instructor shall submit the form or complete the electronic process at least 30 days prior to the expiration of a current
         registration. Failure to do so in a timely manner may result in the EMS instructor certification not being registered again before
         the prior registration expires. The Department will issue a new registration within 30 days after the EMS instructor completes
         the form or the electronic process if the information provided establishes that the EMS instructor has met the following
         requirements:

        (1) Has provided documentation to the Department to establish that the individual conducted at least 60 hours of teaching EMS
             provider or rescue courses during the previous 3 years.

        (2) Possesses current registration of a certification as an EMT or higher level EMS provider.
        (3) Possesses current certification in CPR or a current certification as a CPR instructor.
  (c) Standards for providing instruction. An EMS instructor shall satisfy the following in providing instruction in an EMS
         educational institute:

        (1) Present EMS educational program course materials as required under §  1025.1(h)(6) (relating to accreditation and
             operational requirements of EMS educational institutes).

        (2) Utilize a variety of instructional strategies, adapting to students with diverse backgrounds and different learning styles.
        (3) Establish and clearly communicate to students the goals and objectives for the certification class being taught and
             administer periodic evaluations to assess whether those goals and objectives are being met.

       (4) Maintain class order and discipline, manage the classroom learning environment and monitor the effectiveness of instruction.
       (5) Ensure proper class time management with particular attention to completion of required class hours.

§ 1023.52. Rescue personnel.
  (a) Vehicle rescue technician.
       (1) Roles and responsibilities. A vehicle rescue technician is an individual certified by the Department as possessing the training
             and skills to perform rescue skills in accordance with the vehicle rescue course approved by the Department in consultation
             with the State Fire Commissioner. The program provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve the
             rescue of persons involved in automobile accidents.

       (2) Minimum qualifications. To secure certification as a vehicle rescue technician, an applicant shall make application for vehicle
             rescue practices technician certification on a form or through an electronic process, as prescribed by the Department, and
             shall have successfully completed a training program for vehicle rescue approved by the Department and a written vehicle
             rescue practices test developed by the Department.

  (b) Special vehicle rescue technician.
       (1) Roles and responsibilities. A special vehicle rescue technician is an individual certified by the Department as possessing the
             training and skills to perform rescues in accordance with the specialized rescue training course approved by the Department
             in consultation with the State Fire Commissioner.

       (2) Minimum qualifications. To secure certification as a
             special vehicle rescue technician, an applicant shall make application for special vehicle rescue practices technician
             certification on a form or through an electronic process, as prescribed by the Department, and shall have successfully
             completed a training program for specialized vehicle rescue approved by the Department and a written special vehicle
             rescue technician test developed by the Department.

  (c) Rescue instructor. The Department will develop a program in consultation with the State Fire Commissioner providing for the
         certification of rescue instructors. Courses that seek Department approval as a rescue training course for a vehicle rescue
         technician or special vehicle rescue technician shall be taught by certified rescue instructors.

  (d) Certificates. The rescue technician certifications issued by the Department under this section do not constitute a legal
         prerequisite for the performance of rescues. The rescue instructor certifications issued by the Department under this section
         do not constitute a legal prerequisite for serving as a rescue instructor in programs other than rescue training courses
         approved by the Department. The Department approves the rescue programs and issues the certifications referenced within
         this section to promote the Statewide EMS system having personnel with sufficient education and skills to perform rescues.


  Source
  The provisions of this §  1023.52 adopted October 11, 2013, effective April 10, 2014, 43 Pa.B. 6093.

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