May 1, 2009
RE: Proposed Diversion of EMT Training Funds
On April 23, 2009 the Department of Health and Senior Services’ Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) informed the New Jersey State First Aid Council of Governor Corzine’s intention to redirect $4,000,000 from the dedicated EMT Training Fund to the general treasury of the State of New Jersey, leaving only a proposed $400,000 balance in the Fund. A $400,000 balance in the EMT Training Fund is inadequate to meet the annual training needs of the Volunteer EMTs of this State and will result in severe cut-backs of state-paid EMT training for New Jersey’s EMS Volunteer Community.
The EMT Training Fund is not supported through the use of any tax money, but rather is supported by a $0.50 surcharge on each fine, penalty and forfeiture imposed and collected by the State of New Jersey for motor vehicle or traffic violations. The Fund is currently running at approximately a $ 1,000,000 deficit per year.
Please consider taking action on this, by adapting and adopting the Sample Resolution in Opposition to the Diversion, which you can access at http://www.njslom.org/EMT-Resolution.pdf
Mayor Chuck Chiarello of Buena Vista, a Member of our Executive Board and Chairman of our Emergency Services and Volunteerism Committee, hopes to build a consensus in the Legislature for a restoration of this funding.
You should also see Mayor Chiarello’s article in the May edition of New Jersey Municipalities Magazine, “EMS – A Critical Update.”
If you have any questions on this, please contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext 121.
Very truly yours,
Hon. Chuck Chiarello William G. Dressel, Jr.
Mayor, Buena Vista, and Executive Director
Member, Executive Board, NJLM and
Chairman, Emergency Services and