Operator, F Endrorsement & Driver Age Requirement Extended thru 11-5-2021

Governor Lee has issued Executive Order #88 which extends the waiver for ambulance operators, F endorsement and age requirements through November 5, 2021.

Specific language from Executive Order #83 that was extended through Executive Order #88:

9.      Regulatory flexibility for ambulance transport services. In order to relieve the capacity strain on emergency medical services, temporary regulatory flexibility measures are necessary for nonemergency ambulance transport services. To this end, the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 68, Chapter 140, and Tenn. R. & Reg. 1200-12-01-.14(3)(c)(2)(i), (ii), (iii), & (iv) are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to authorize that Level 1 and Level 2 transports may be staffed with one (1) Paramedic, Level 3 transports may be staffed with one (1) AEMT, and Level 4 transports may be staffed with one (1) EMT, provided that there is an ambulance operator in addition to the Paramedic, AEMT, or EMT who satisfies the ambulance driver requirements of Tenn. Comp. R. & Reg. 1200-12- 01-.10, as may otherwise be modified by this Order. Medical Directors of ambulance services providing patient care under this provision must submit a Plan of Delegation to be approved by the Commissioner of Health or the Commissioner’s designee. All other statutes and rules regarding patient transport services remain in full force and effect.

10.    Regulatory flexibility for ambulance driver qualifications. In order to relieve the capacity strain on emergency medical services, temporary regulatory flexibility measures are necessary for ambulance driver qualifications. To this end, the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 68, Chapter 140, and Comp. & Reg. 1200-12-01-.10(1) & (2) are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to authorize that vehicle operators must be eighteen (18) years of age or older, must possess either a Class D or a Class F driver license, and must possess at least one (1) year of driving experience. Additionally, drivers must successfully complete an emergency vehicle operations class. All other statutes and rules regarding driver qualifications remain in full force and effect.