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Emergency Medical Responders (EMR)

 

COVID-19 Emergency Orders for Reinstatement

Kentucky Board of EMS (KBEMS) Emergency Orders as specified in SB 150 and Executive Order 2020-243. The intent of the Emergency Orders is to alleviate the regulatory conflicts identified in existing regulations in relation to mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky.

A Kentucky certified First Responder is a person who has completed an approved course and received certification by KBEMS in providing pre-hospital care for both medical and trauma emergencies. Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) have a higher level of skill than those trained in basic first aid. First Responders can support Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics by providing basic medical care for soft tissue and bone injuries and assisting in childbirth. They are also trained in packaging and transporting patients.

Course Information

The previous First Responder now known as Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) was a core curriculum with minimum requirements, to be presented within a minimum 40-hour training program. The new National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards outline contains the minimal terminal objectives for entry-level EMS personnel and the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards – Emergency Medical Responder Instructional Guidelines provide the instructional guidance utilizing competency based outcomes instead of specific subject time of instruction requirements.  It is recognized that there may be additional specific education that will be required of EMR’s who operate in the field. It is also recognized that practice might differ from locality to locality, and that each training program or system should identify and provide additional training requirements.  Kentucky specific supplemental curriculum for EMR’s can be found on the KBEMS Forms page under Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).