Emergency Medical Service Agency
By: Francis D. Kelly, Secretary
Summary of findings

In your application for re-certification as an EMT, you checked “No” to the question “Have you ever been convicted of any crime?” (Other than a minor traffic violation). Just above your signature on the second page of the application form, it states the following: “…I certify that all information on this certificate is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief…”

These paragraphs were transposed directly from a certified letter mailed to one of our members regarding “False information on an EMT Application”.

The EMSA is acting, pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 1798.200 and California Code of Regulations Title 22, Division 9, Sections 100213 and 100214.

The foregoing California Codes and Regulations recommending Guidelines for Disciplinary Orders and Conditions of Probation are meant for Paramedics. Because EMSA had the “Power”, they are extending all codes and regulations to EMTs of the SFFD.

Make no mistake about the power of the EMSA. They have and are intent on exercising that power. No firefighter, according to EMSA, will lose time at work or pay, due to individual sanctions. However, sanctions will cause some of our member’s community service and other time away from home that will be a hardship on them and their families.

New procedures are being developed to ensure privacy when our firefighters fill out re-certification forms at the Presidio. Be sure you read, understand, and are forthright when answering ALL the questions.

We will attempt to answer your questions at the April Union Meeting, but if you feel the need for confidentiality, please don’t hesitate to call the Union Office.


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