Florida Senate - 2021 SB 388 By Senator Wright 14-00252-21 2021388__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to injured police canines; creating s. 3 401.254, F.S.; defining the term “police canine”; 4 authorizing licensed life support services to 5 transport injured police canines under certain 6 circumstances; authorizing a paramedic or an emergency 7 medical technician to provide emergency medical care 8 to injured police canines under certain circumstances; 9 providing for immunity from criminal and civil 10 liability under certain circumstances; amending s. 11 474.203, F.S.; providing applicability; providing an 12 effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 401.254, Florida Statutes, is created to 17 read: 18 401.254 Treatment of injured police canines.— 19 (1) As used in this section, the term “police canine” means 20 any canine that is owned, or the service of which is employed, 21 by a state or local law enforcement agency, a correctional 22 agency, a fire department, a special fire district, or the State 23 Fire Marshal for the principal purpose of aiding in the 24 detection of criminal activity, flammable materials, or missing 25 persons; the enforcement of laws; the investigation of fires; or 26 the apprehension of offenders. 27 (2) A licensee with a valid permit for the transport 28 vehicle may transport a police canine injured in the line of 29 duty to a veterinary clinic, hospital emergency department, or 30 similar facility if there is no individual requiring medical 31 attention or transport at that time. 32 (3) Notwithstanding s. 474.213, a paramedic or an emergency 33 medical technician may provide emergency medical care to a 34 police canine injured in the line of duty while at the scene of 35 the emergency or while the police canine is being transported to 36 a veterinary clinic, hospital emergency department, or similar 37 facility. A paramedic or an emergency medical technician who 38 acts in good faith to provide emergency medical care to an 39 injured police canine is immune from criminal or civil 40 liability. 41 Section 2. Subsection (10) is added to section 474.203, 42 Florida Statutes, to read: 43 474.203 Exemptions.—This chapter does not apply to: 44 (10) A paramedic or an emergency medical technician 45 providing emergency medical care to a police canine injured in 46 the line of duty as authorized under s. 401.254. 47 48 For the purposes of chapters 465 and 893, persons exempt 49 pursuant to subsection (1), subsection (2), or subsection (4) 50 are deemed to be duly licensed practitioners authorized by the 51 laws of this state to prescribe drugs or medicinal supplies. 52 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.