TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER f: EMERGENCY SERVICES AND HIGHWAY SAFETY
PART 515 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, TRAUMA CENTER, COMPREHENSIVE STROKE CENTER, PRIMARY STROKE CENTER AND ACUTE STROKE READY HOSPITAL CODE
SECTION 515.725 FIRST RESPONDER/EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER
Section 515.725 First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder
a) A First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder training program shall be
pre-approved by the Department and conducted only by an EMS System or a community college under the direction of the EMS System.
b) Applications for approval of First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder training programs shall be filed with the Department on forms prescribed by the Department. The application shall contain, at a minimum, name of applicant, agency and address, type of training program, dates of training program, and names and signatures of the EMS Medical Director (EMS MD) and EMS System Coordinator.
c) Applications for approval, including a copy of the class schedule and course syllabus, shall be submitted at least 60 days in advance of the first scheduled class.
d) The EMS MD of the EMS system shall attest on the application form that the training program shall be conducted according to the National EMS Educational Curriculum. The First Responder or Emergency Medical Responder training program shall include all components of the National EMS Educational Curriculum and education and training in the administration and use of opioid antagonists. The course hours shall minimally include 52 hours of didactic education.
e) The First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder training program shall designate an EMS Lead Instructor who shall be responsible for the overall management of the training program and shall be approved by the Department based on requirements of Section 515.700.
f) The EMS MD shall electronically submit to the Department approval for licensure for a First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder candidate who is at least 18 years of age and has completed and passed all components of the training program, has passed the Final Examination, and has paid the appropriate initial licensure fee. The initial licensure fee may be waived pursuant to Section 515.460(c).
g) All approved programs shall maintain class and student records for seven years, which shall be made available to the Department upon request.
h) Continuing education classes, seminars, workshops, or other types of programs shall be approved by the Department before being offered to First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder candidates. An application for approval shall be submitted to the Department on a form prescribed, prepared and furnished by the Department at least 60 days prior to the scheduled event.
i) Approval will be granted provided that the application is complete and the content of the program is based on topics or materials from the National EMS Educational Curriculum for the Emergency Medical Responder.
j) A First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder shall be responsible for submitting written proof of continuing education attendance to the EMS System Coordinator or, for independent renewals, to the Department Regional EMS Coordinator. The EMS System Coordinator or Department Regional EMS Coordinator shall verify whether specific continuing education hours submitted by the First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder qualify for renewal.
k) A First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder shall maintain copies of all documentation concerning continuing education programs that he or she has completed.
l) A First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder license shall be valid for a period of four years. To be re-licensed as a First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder, the First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder shall submit an application for renewal with the Department, on a form prescribed by the Department, and the $20 licensure renewal fee at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date. The renewal licensure fee may be waived pursuant to Section 515.460(c).
1) The submission of an electronic transaction by the EMS MD will satisfy the renewal application requirement for a First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder who has been recommended for re-licensure by the EMS MD.
First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder who has not been recommended for
re-licensure by the EMS MD shall
m) A written recommendation signed by the EMS MD shall be provided to the Department regarding completion of the following requirements:
1) 24 hours of continuing education every four years. The System shall define in the EMS Program Plan the number of continuing education hours to be accrued each year for re-licensure; and
2) Current certification in CPR for Healthcare Providers in accordance with the standards of a nationally recognized organization such as the American Heart Association or American Red Cross, which includes both a didactic and clinical skills station.
n) A First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder whose licensure has expired may, within 60 days after licensure expiration, submit all re-licensure material as required in this Part and a fee of $50 in the form of a certified check or money order (cash or personal check will not be accepted). If all material is in compliance with this Section and there is no disciplinary action pending against the First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder, the Department will re-license the First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder.
o) First Responders who are not affiliated with an EMS system shall have equipment immediately available to provide the standard of care established by the National EMS Educational Curriculum for the First Responder.
(Source: Amended at 40 Ill. Reg. 10006, effective July 11, 2016)