Florida Senate - 2020                                    SB 1014
       By Senator Rouson
       19-01419-20                                           20201014__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to public safety telecommunicator
    3         training; amending s. 401.465, F.S.; defining the term
    4         “telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    5         training”; conforming cross-references; requiring
    6         certain 911 public safety telecommunicators to receive
    7         telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    8         training every 2 years; requiring the Department of
    9         Health to establish a procedure to monitor adherence
   10         to the training requirements; authorizing the
   11         department to adjust state grants or shared revenue
   12         funds to certain entities based on their employees’
   13         adherence or failure to adhere to the training
   14         requirements; providing an effective date.
   16  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   18         Section 1. Present subsections (3) and (4) of section
   19  401.465, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (4)
   20  and (5), respectively, paragraph (d) is added to subsection (1)
   21  of that section, a new subsection (3) is added to that section,
   22  and paragraphs (d) and (j) of subsection (2) of that section are
   23  amended, to read:
   24         401.465 911 public safety telecommunicator certification.—
   25         (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
   26         (d) “Telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation
   27  training means specific training that is evidence based and
   28  contains nationally accepted guidelines for the recognition of
   29  out-of-hospital cardiac arrest over the telephone and the
   30  delivery of telephonic instructions for treating cardiac arrest
   31  and performing compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
   33         (d) The department shall determine whether the applicant
   34  meets the requirements specified in this section and in rules of
   35  the department and shall issue a certificate to any person who
   36  meets such requirements. Such requirements must include the
   37  following:
   38         1. Completion of an appropriate 911 public safety
   39  telecommunication training program;
   40         2. Certification under oath that the applicant is not
   41  addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance;
   42         3. Certification under oath that the applicant is free from
   43  any physical or mental defect or disease that might impair the
   44  applicant’s ability to perform his or her duties;
   45         4. Submission of the application fee prescribed in
   46  subsection (4) (3);
   47         5. Submission of a completed application to the department
   48  which indicates compliance with subparagraphs 1., 2., and 3.;
   49  and
   50         6. Effective October 1, 2012, passage of an examination
   51  approved by the department which measures the applicant’s
   52  competency and proficiency in the subject material of the public
   53  safety telecommunication training program.
   54         (j)1. The requirement for certification as a 911 public
   55  safety telecommunicator is waived for a person employed as a
   56  sworn state-certified law enforcement officer, provided the
   57  officer:
   58         a. Is selected by his or her chief executive to perform as
   59  a 911 public safety telecommunicator;
   60         b. Performs as a 911 public safety telecommunicator on an
   61  occasional or limited basis; and
   62         c. Passes the department-approved examination that measures
   63  the competency and proficiency of an applicant in the subject
   64  material comprising the public safety telecommunication program.
   65         2. A sworn state-certified law enforcement officer who
   66  fails an examination taken under subparagraph 1. must take a
   67  department-approved public safety telecommunication training
   68  program prior to retaking the examination.
   69         3. The testing required under this paragraph is exempt from
   70  the examination fee required under subsection (4) (3).
   72  TRAINING.—
   73         (a)In addition to the certification and recertification
   74  requirements contained in this section, 911 public safety
   75  telecommunicators who take telephone calls and provide dispatch
   76  functions for emergency medical conditions shall also receive
   77  telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation training every 2
   78  years.
   79         (b)The department shall establish a procedure to monitor
   80  adherence to the training requirements of this subsection and
   81  may adjust state grant or shared revenue funds to a public
   82  safety agency as defined in s. 365.171(3) based on its
   83  employees’ adherence or failure to adhere to these requirements.
   84         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.