MIEMSS Veterans Services Specialist Program (VSS Program)
This policy applies to the certification/licensure status of all Maryland prehospital providers (EMR, EMT–B, CRT, Paramedic and EMD) who are deployed or activated under military orders in the service of the United States Armed Forces. This also includes any reservist called to extended active duty. Recognizing that no entity can jeopardize the rights and privileges of one called into the service of the United States, a “military EMS provider status” is available to these service members, enabling them to return to their established level of function within one year of their return to Maryland.
The date of return will be established based on the service member's certificate of discharge, statement of release, separation orders, or certificate of retirement. The State of Maryland reserves the right to require a photocopy of one of the above as documentation of the service member's date of return.
If the Maryland EMS certification or license is predicated upon current registration with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), maintenance of NREMT registration, including continuing education requirements, is an individual responsibility and must be conducted in accordance with National Registry policies.
In the event of deployment or activation:
1. The EMS provider or his/her designee notifies MIEMSS in writing that the provider has/had been called to extended active duty.
2. The MIEMSS Office of Licensure and Certification places the provider on Military inactive status as a provider.
Upon return of the provider to Maryland:
3. The provider notifies MIEMSS that he/she desires reinstatement to active status and provides appropriate documentation of release from active duty or stationed in Maryland.
4. The CRT or Paramedic provides documentation of current active registration with the NREMT.
5. The provider provides verification of EMS affiliation with an approved EMS operational program.
6. If a revision of the Maryland Medical Protocols for EMS providers occurred during his/her absence, the provider must attend a protocol review session conducted by the EMS operational program.
7. The EMS operational program with which the provider is affiliated may elect to conduct a skills review and proficiency demonstration.
8. One calendar year from the date of deactivation is afforded to the provider for completion of steps 1 through 7.
Reference: COMAR 30.02.02.08.e
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