HARRISBURG – A measure helping emergency responders has passed the PA House. House Bill 2097 will continue an existing regulatory waiver granted during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the governor’s Emergency Declaration, the regulation that increased the number of EMRs & EMTs required per ambulance was waived to facilitate access to critical healthcare services. By extending the waiver, it will be easier for Basic Life Support or BLS Units from volunteer fire companies to respond with a certified driver and an EMT. Bill sponsor, Lycoming County Rep. Joe Hamm says the bill will result in more lives saved, especially in rural areas, because trained firefighters and other certified emergency response volunteers will continue to be permitted to get BLS Units out to those in need. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

REP. JOE HAMM