The legislation is set to become effective on January 1st to ensure 9-1-1 operators in Giles County and across the state to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructions to a caller in an emergency situation.
Previously, not all counties allowed 9-1-1 operators to run callers through CPR instructions.
The new law ensures all 9-1-1 operators will provide telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation (T-CPR), as well as receive proper training to administer it.
Telecommunicators are the true first responders and a critical link in the cardiac arrest chain of survival. A telecommunicator can make the difference between life and death.
Legislators voted this year to approve legislation that reduces the minimum number of creditable service years required for a correctional officer or emergency medical services personnel to retire from 30 to 25.
If the employee chooses to retire at 25 years it would be with some reduced benefits.