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EMS Rules and Statutes

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In 1973, the Florida Legislature encouraged the development and maintenance of a total delivery system of emergency medical services for the purpose of protecting and enhancing the health, welfare and safety of all citizens of the state.  Toward that end, the Emergency Medical Services Section was established by authority of Chapter 401, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 64J-1, Florida Administrative Code

Current Rules in Revision

  •  64J-3.001 – 64J-3.006

     PURPOSE AND EFFECT:  Review these rules and amend rule language as necessary to ensure that all rules conform to statutory requirements and delete unnecessary and obsolete language. The department intends to update department forms and requirements for PST certification, recertification, and approval of training programs and courses related to certification and recertification. The department intends to update and develop definitions of terms used in 64J-3; educational and training criteria for certification and recertification; examination and re-examination requirements; and requirements for initiation of and reactivation from voluntary inactive status.

     RULE TEXT:  None available at this time.

     RULE STATUS: The Department is reviewing public comments.

     For assistance please contact by phone at (850) 245-4440, extension 2773 or email

  • 64J-1.001; 64J-1.004; 64J-1.008 – 64J-1.011; 64J-1.020; 64J-1.0202

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect is to amend rule language as part of the agency’s rule line reduction initiative, including the initiative to remove outdated obsolete and unnecessary rule language and update rule forms.  Additionally, for some of the rule sections, amendment is required to implement Fla. Session Law 2013-128, and 2016-941 related to training standards, certification requirements and inactive licensure status.

    RULE STATUS: The Department published a Notice of Proposed Rule on June 29, 2017 in the Florida Administrative Register, Volume 43/126. 

    For assistance please contact by phone at (850) 245-4440, extension 2773 or email

Declaratory Statements

Pursuant to Chapter 120.565, F.S., a substantially affected person may submit a petition for a declaratory statement from an agency regarding the agency's opinion as to the applicability of a statutory provision, rule, or order of that agency.

Variances and Waivers

 Pursuant to Chapter 120.542, F.S. variances and waivers shall be granted when the person subject to the rule demonstrates that the purpose of the underlying statute will be or has been achieved by other means by the person and when application of a rule would create a substantial hardship or would violate principles of fairness. For purposes of this section, “substantial hardship” means a demonstrated economic, technological, legal, or other type of hardship to the person requesting the variance or waiver. For purposes of this section, “principles of fairness” are violated when the literal application of a rule affects a particular person in a manner significantly different from the way it affects other similarly situated persons who are subject to the rule.

If you wish to submit a petition for a declaratory statement or a variance waiver, please submit the petition with the set of circumstances and the specific statue, rule, or order that applies to those circumstances to:

                                           Agency Clerk's Office
                                           Department of Health
                                           4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A02
                                           Tallahassee, FL 32399

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

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