Central Mass EMS Corp.    CMEMSC OFFICE: (508) 854-0111   |   CMED 24/7 Phone: 508-854-0100

Dear EMS Colleagues,

To clarify confusion over application of the standards of Advisory 20-05-01, Partial Lifting of In-Person EMS Course and Psychomotor Exam Suspension, and in keeping with the current guidance from the Governor and the DPH Commissioner, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, OEMS is releasing this updated document:

  • Advisory 20-05-01, Partial Lifting of In-Person EMS Course and Psychomotor Exam Suspensions. This Advisory now makes clear that its required safety parameters for EMS training programs apply not only to accredited EMT training institutions, but to non-accredited training providers as well. It makes clear that it applies to continuing education courses as well as initial training programs.  For Department-accredited EMT training institutions and providers of continuing education, as well as for the context of the certification psychomotor exam, this Advisory constitutes the sector-specific protocols that must also be met.

The Department of Public Health is working to limit the spread of COVID-19, and to keep EMS personnel safe from unnecessary risk of transmission.

All EMS initial and continuing education didactic content must be delivered online, either via distributive or VILT delivery. If hands-on skills are required for the course, they may take place in person; however, strict distancing procedures must be followed, including limits on the number of students in a classroom, requirement that all attendees wear surgical masks, and equipment is appropriately decontaminated, as documented in the attached Advisory.

Remember that in order to support students and assist with recertification, both the National Registry of EMTs and MA OEMS have modified the recertification requirements for 2021 expiration, so that all recertification requirements can be completed using online education (distributive).

Thank you, and please be safe.

Scott Cluett

OEMS Director