New Training Requirement
Southeastern Massachusetts EMS Council Training Requirement
There will be up to a 6 month implementation process. Agencies can begin providing K-9 care as soon as staff is trained and any required equipment is stocked.
All EMTs working for ambulance services are required to have initial training and then training every 2 years. If the agency has a waiver from OEMS to not participate in the K9 Program, staff is not required to attend training. EMTs who do not work for ambulance services are not required to have the training and are encouraged to step back and allow those who must have it as part of their work responsibilities to have first availability.
Yarmouth Police K-9 Nero SOURCE: Yarmouth Police
Agencies can apply for a waiver by writing a letter to the OEMS Director. The letter must include justification based on the wording in the Law " "The department may grant a waiver from this section if the department determines that compliance poses a safety risk to the public." We suggest that an example of 'safety risk' might include extremely long transport times to POE-designated veterinarian services with limited mutual aid available.