Oklahoma governor signs 911 dispatcher bill training into law

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law Bill 3278, which ensures that 911 dispatchers are trained to give first aid instructions if needed.

OKLAHOMA, USA — Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has signed into law a bill ensuring 911 dispatchers are trained to give first aid instructions in hopes of saving more lives.

On Tuesday, May 3, House Bill 3278, authored by Rep. Justin Humphrey, was signed into law and is a clarification of a law enacted last year.

“When someone calls 911, the dispatcher is the first point of contact,” Humphrey said. “We have worked diligently to ensure these vital employees receive proper training so they can guide someone through performing CPR or other first aid measures so they can help save lives. lives.”

Humphrey says the primary purpose of the bill is to ensure that dispatchers carry the appropriate public safety telecommunications title, which classifies them as first responders who perform a public service by receiving and dispatching calls from emergency help. This classification will ensure that they receive the specialized training that other emergency medical services (EMS) personnel undergo to help prevent loss of life.

Sen. Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, is the lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate and says this modernization of 911 services will contribute to better outcomes in emergency situations.

“While most people think of first responders as paramedics, firefighters, or law enforcement, the very first responder is really the person answering those 911 calls,” Weaver said. “This bill is part of an ongoing process of modernizing 911 services and training in our state, helping to ensure the best possible outcomes in emergency situations.”

This bill also transfers administrative authority for the Oklahoma emergency telephone law from the Department of Public Safety to the Oklahoma 9-1-1 management authority, to avoid to have two different departments responsible, says Humphrey.

In addition, this bill repeals a section of the law that required the state’s 911 Emergency Advisory Committee to consider certain considerations in its recommendations for the development of a 9-1-emergency telephone system. 1 statewide.

Humphrey says he met with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and other public safety groups to ensure there were no objections or costs to the measure.

HB3278 is effective November 1.

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