EMS Workers Brace for Major Changes in Certification

DETROIT — Changes in the way emergency medical service personnel are certified will make it harder and more expensive to train emergency responders and likely will deter people from entering the profession, metro Detroit fire chiefs say.

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians in 2013 no longer will certify paramedics who graduate from unaccredited training programs. It’s a move the Columbus, Ohio-based registry which certifies emergency medical service personnel nationwide says will improve the quality of emergency responders across the country.

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