2 bills that improve emergency response in rural areas signed by Quinn

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SPRINGFIELD - Two pieces of legislation that would help improve emergency response in rural areas in Illinois has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn.

One measure allows ambulance providers in rural areas to be upgraded to the highest emergency medical technician license of any person staffing that ambulance.  The current law restricts the amount of emergency care an ambulance can provide to a set level, regardless of the qualifications of those staffing it.  State Representative Don Moffit and state Senator John Sullivan sponsored the bill, saying the change could allow more life-saving procedures to be performed in an ambulance.

The second bill was sponsored by Moffit and state Senator Chapin Rose.  The measure allows firefighters that are trained as paramedics to use those skills in their roles as firefighters.

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