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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: April 16, 2013 10:02 AM
From: Representative Curtis G. Sonney
To: All House members
Subject: Coverage for off-duty EMS personnel, assisting in an emergency
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation which will amend Section 601 of the Workers’ Compensation Act to extend Worker’s Compensation (WC) protection to members of emergency medical services agencies when not officially on duty.

Specifically, my proposal amends Section 601 of Act 338 of 1915, known as the Workers’ Compensation Act, to extend WC coverage to EMS personnel if all the following apply;
  • Is a member of an EMS agency.
  • Is certified by the PA Department of Health as an EMS provider.
  • Renders emergency care, first aid, or rescue services at the scene of an emergency.
  • When rendering aid, operates within their scope of practice.
  • While rendering aid is injured or dies while providing emergency care.
I believe it is important to protect our EMS providers who are dedicated to saving the lives of others, even when they are not officially on duty. Whether they respond to a 911 call with their EMS agency for a municipality or freely utilize their expertise in saving a life, EMS personnel deserve to know that they and their families will be taken care of in cases involving injury or death. I would appreciate your consideration and support of this legislation. Thanks in advance.


Introduced as HB1314