7 U.S. Code § 2655 - Rural firefighters and emergency medical service assistance program
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(a) Definition of emergency medical services
In this section:
(1) In general
The term “emergency medical services” means resources used by a public or nonprofit entity to deliver medical care outside of a medical facility under emergency conditions that occur as a result of—
The term “emergency medical services” includes services (whether compensated or volunteer) delivered by an emergency medical services provider or other provider recognized by the State involved that is licensed or certified by the State as—
The Secretary shall award grants to eligible entities—
To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an entity shall—
(2) prepare and submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, that includes—
(d) Use of funds
An entity shall use amounts received under a grant made under subsection (b) only in a rural area—
(3) to train emergency medical service personnel in emergency response, injury prevention, safety awareness, or other topics relevant to the delivery of emergency medical services;
(5) to provide training for firefighters or emergency medical personnel for improvements to the training facility, equipment, curricula, or personnel;
(6) to develop new ways to educate emergency health care providers through the use of technology-enhanced educational methods (such as distance learning);
(9) to acquire personal protective equipment for emergency medical services personnel as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; or
In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to—
(1) applications that reflect a collaborative effort by 2 or more of the entities described in subparagraphs (A) through (G) of subsection (c)(1); and
(f) Matching requirement
The Secretary may not make a grant under this section to an entity unless the entity makes available (directly or through contributions from other public or private entities) non-Federal contributions toward the activities to be carried out under the grant in an amount equal to at least 5 percent of the amount received under the grant.
(g) Authorization of appropriations
(1) In general
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section not more than $30,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012.
Source(Pub. L. 107–171, title VI, § 6405,May 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 430; Pub. L. 109–171, title I, § 1405(a),Feb. 8, 2006, 120 Stat. 7; Pub. L. 110–234, title VI, § 6204,May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1208; Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title VI, § 6204,June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1969.)
Pub. L. 110–234and Pub. L. 110–246made identical amendments to this section. The amendments by Pub. L. 110–234were repealed by section 4(a) ofPub. L. 110–246.
2008—Pub. L. 110–246, § 6204, amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section consisted of subsecs. (a) to (c) relating to authority to make grants to pay the cost of training firefighters and emergency medical personnel in rural areas, use of funds, and appropriations for fiscal years 2003 through 2006.
2006—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 109–171substituted “2006” for “2007”.
Effective Date of 2008 Amendment