Florida Senate - 2022                                     SB 890
       By Senator Burgess
       20-00622A-22                                           2022890__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to telecommunicator cardiopulmonary
    3         resuscitation; amending s. 401.465, F.S.; defining the
    4         term “telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    5         training”; requiring certain 911 public safety
    6         telecommunicators to receive ongoing telecommunicator
    7         cardiopulmonary resuscitation training; authorizing
    8         public safety agencies and certain other agencies to
    9         enter into reciprocal agreements to provide
   10         telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation under
   11         certain circumstances; providing requirements for
   12         certain employees who answer emergency medical service
   13         calls; providing an effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Present subsections (3) and (4) of section
   18  401.465, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (4)
   19  and (5), respectively, paragraph (d) is added to subsection (1),
   20  a new subsection (3) is added to that section, and paragraphs
   21  (d) and (j) of subsection (2) of that section are amended, to
   22  read:
   23         401.465 911 public safety telecommunicator certification.—
   24         (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
   25         (d) “Telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation
   26  training” means specific training and continuing education that
   27  is evidence-based and uses nationally accepted guidelines for
   28  high-quality telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation,
   29  including training in the recognition of out-of-hospital cardiac
   30  arrest over the telephone and the delivery of telephonic
   31  instructions for treating such cardiac arrest and performing
   32  compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
   34         (d) The department shall determine whether the applicant
   35  meets the requirements specified in this section and in the
   36  rules of the department and shall issue a certificate to any
   37  person who meets such requirements. Such requirements must
   38  include the following:
   39         1. Completion of an appropriate 911 public safety
   40  telecommunication training program;
   41         2. Certification under oath that the applicant is not
   42  addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance;
   43         3. Certification under oath that the applicant is free from
   44  any physical or mental defect or disease that might impair the
   45  applicant’s ability to perform his or her duties;
   46         4. Submission of the application fee prescribed in
   47  subsection (4) (3);
   48         5. Submission of a completed application to the department
   49  which indicates compliance with subparagraphs 1., 2., and 3.;
   50  and
   51         6. Effective October 1, 2012, passage of an examination
   52  approved by the department which measures the applicant’s
   53  competency and proficiency in the subject material of the public
   54  safety telecommunication training program.
   55         (j)1. The requirement for certification as a 911 public
   56  safety telecommunicator is waived for a person employed as a
   57  sworn state-certified law enforcement officer, provided the
   58  officer:
   59         a. Is selected by his or her chief executive to perform as
   60  a 911 public safety telecommunicator;
   61         b. Performs as a 911 public safety telecommunicator on an
   62  occasional or limited basis; and
   63         c. Passes the department-approved examination that measures
   64  the competency and proficiency of an applicant in the subject
   65  material comprising the public safety telecommunication program.
   66         2. A sworn state-certified law enforcement officer who
   67  fails an examination taken under subparagraph 1. must take a
   68  department-approved public safety telecommunication training
   69  program prior to retaking the examination.
   70         3. The testing required under this paragraph is exempt from
   71  the examination fee required under subsection (4) (3).
   74         (a)In addition to the certification and recertification
   75  requirements imposed in subsection (2), 911 public safety
   76  telecommunicators who take telephone calls and provide dispatch
   77  functions for emergency medical conditions must complete
   78  telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation training and
   79  continuing education as deemed appropriate by the department.
   80         (b)A public safety agency as defined in s. 365.171(3) or
   81  an agency receiving or dispatching emergency medical service
   82  calls may enter into a reciprocal agreement with another public
   83  safety agency, a dedicated telephone line, or a call center to
   84  provide telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation, provided
   85  the public safety agency or other agency that accepts the call
   86  has 911 public safety telecommunicators who are trained in
   87  telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation in accordance
   88  with this section.
   89         (c)Any employee of a public safety agency who answers
   90  emergency medical service calls shall, as appropriate, provide
   91  direct telephonic assistance in administering cardiopulmonary
   92  resuscitation or transfer calls to a dedicated telephone line,
   93  call center, or other public safety agency with which the
   94  transferring public safety agency has a reciprocal agreement.
   95         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.