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February 2012 Northstate First Responder Survey

A hearty "Thank You!" goes out to the 107 first responders who took the time to complete a very important survey conducted by Nor-Cal EMS on behalf of the first responders in our regions. The survey background is presented followed by the results of the survey.

Background

The state Emergency Medical Services Authority is considering the development of an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) program. If developed and implemented it may replace our First Responder Program. If that occurs, we would need to determine how to bridge the current First Responder program with training hours of 56 to the EMR program with 60 training hours.

One of the stated reasons in developing an EMR program is to continue to move toward national training standards. An EMR program would do this. The state has already moved in this direction by using the National Registry exam for paramedics and EMTs.

As the state considers the impact of developing an EMR program, a central issue will be whether a background check would be required. Background check costs can range from $56 and up, depending on where the background check is processed.

It is important to know how the possibility of an EMR program and the possibility of background checks might affect current First Responders in our area.

Online Survey Question Results

  1. If EMR replaced First Responder and we had a “bridge” to EMR, would you certify as an EMR if a background check was not required?
    Yes - 98
    No  - 9
  2. If EMR replaced First Responder and we had a “bridge” to EMR, would you certify as an EMR if a background check was required?
    Yes - 89
    No  - 18
  3. If EMR did not replace First Responder, would you continue as a First Responder if a background check was not required?
  4. Yes - 103
    No  - 4
  5. If EMR did not replace First Responder, would you continue as a First Responder if a background check was required?
    Yes - 90
    No  - 17
  6. Would you continue to volunteer if a background check was required of all EMR, First Responder, and first aid and CPR trained individuals?
    Yes - 85
    No  - 20

    IF YOU ANSWERED NO TO QUESTIONS 2 OR 4 PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING:


  7. Would you continue to volunteer at the first aid and CPR training level if a background check was not required?
    Yes - 42
    No  - 3

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