Governor Whitmer suspends some requirements for EMS personnel
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order suspending some of the state's requirements regarding licensing and regulation of emergency medical services on Tuesday.
“Our paramedics are on the front lines every day helping us mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, and we must do everything we can to help them do their jobs efficiently and effectively,” said Governor Whitmer. “Given the rapid increase in Michiganders who require emergency medical treatment and the scarcity of medical supplies and PPE, it's important that we give emergency medical services the ability to respond flexibly to these new challenges. I will also continue to work around the clock to secure more PPE for our first responders and health care professionals across the state. We will get through this together.”
Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services won't need to conduct annual random inspections of life support vehicles or agencies, unless they have a reason to believe there is an issue.
The order also reduces the staffing and licensing requirements for ambulances and expiration dates for EMS licenses and professional certifications will be extended.