Western Mass Emergency Medical Services

Nero’s Law

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.

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.

Required Documents:

K-9 Care Protocols BLS Only

K-9 Point Of Entry Plan

Required Training

Updated continuing ed requirements, including K-9 training

Decontamination and Sanitization

Proposed Required Ambulance Equipment for K9 comments from ambulance licensee representatives only to OEMS

Western Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services Inc.

168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060

M-F 0800-1600

Closed on State/Federal Holidays

Office: 413-586-6065

Fax: 413-586-0947


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