DRSN E05-010, Emergency Medical Technician Membership Update


  • E-mail No.: E05-010
  • To: Potential Emergency Medical Technician Employers
  • Sent: July 19, 2005
  • Subject: Emergency Medical Technician Membership Update

Does your agency employ Emergency Medical Technicians? If yes, then please read this to learn about the changes that take effect on July 24, 2005. See the legislative summary notice.

The information below is in regard to SHB 1936 and applies to individuals working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). This legislation states a full time fully compensated EMT is now part of the firefighter definition and will be listed in RCW 41.26.030 (4) (h).


The EMT must be working full time versus part time and be working for a LEOFF Plan 2 employer as defined in RCW 41.26.030 (2) (b) to be eligible to become a LEOFF member. There are three groups of affected employees:

  • New employees hired as an EMT on or after July 24, 2005
  • EMTs currently contributing to PERS
  • EMTs not contributing to PERS but working for a LEOFF Plan 2 employer

Affected Employees

New employees as of July 24, 2005 hired as an EMT to work full time must be reported in LEOFF Plan 2.

Active members of PERS who are employed as an EMT and working full time will have the option of remaining in PERS or establishing LEOFF membership. Those who choose to establish membership in LEOFF, also have the option of transferring their PERS Plan 1 or Plan 2 service earned as an EMT into LEOFF. Additional information and reporting requirements are listed below under the heading, Current PERS Members.

Any EMT working full time and employed by a LEOFF Plan 2 employer that is not currently contributing to PERS (because your organization is not a PERS employer) must be reported on your LEOFF report with a begin date of 07/24/2005.

If an EMT works part time and is contributing to PERS, they must continue as a member of PERS.

As a reminder, we expect employers to send us completed Enrollment Forms for all employees who are mandated into or choose LEOFF. We recommend all employees complete a Beneficiary Designation form and send this to DRS.

Reporting Changes

Any EMT working full time for a LEOFF Plan 2 employer who is not currently contributing to PERS will need to be reported on your LEOFF transmittal report. They should be reported with a 07/24/2005 begin date. If your organization is not currently submitting LEOFF reports, then please reply to this email and provide the following information:

  • Name of organization
  • Organization address (mail and street)
  • Organization contact information (name, address if different, phone number and email address for the person who is or will be responsible for retirement reporting)

Your County Auditors Office is typically an integral partner and we recommend you contact them to discuss the impacts of the new reporting requirements.

Current PERS Members

You should continue to report EMTs working full time in PERS. These individuals have the option of remaining in PERS or establishing LEOFF membership. To support providing educational information to these individuals, we need you to provide us with the members’ name, social security number (SSN), and job title.

You can send this list to Employer Support Services via mail if this is easiest for you but our preference is to receive an Excel file as an attachment. Feel free to send just the last four SSN numbers if you are concerned about sending the entire SSN via an electronic file. We will coordinate with you on all communication to the members affected by this change.


Should you have questions call Employer Support Employer Support Services at (360) 664-7200, (option 2), or 1-800-547-6657, (option 6, option 2).