(A) As used in this section:
(1) "Emergency medical service," "EMT-basic," "EMT-I," "first responder," and "paramedic" have the same meanings as in section 4765.01 of the Revised Code.
(2) "Volunteer firefighter" has the same meaning as in section 146.01 of the Revised Code.
(B) A state employee who is an EMT-basic, EMT-I, first responder, paramedic, or volunteer firefighter shall receive forty hours of leave with pay each calendar year to use during those hours when the employee is absent from work in order to provide emergency medical service or fire-fighting service. An appointing authority shall compensate an employee who uses leave granted under this section at the employee's regular rate of pay for those regular work hours during which the employee is absent from work.
Effective Date: 03-19-2003