ORDINANCE NO. 08-6(1)

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 6, FIRE PROTECTION, OF THE CODE OF THE COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE, VIRGINIA

 

BE IT ORDAINED By the Board of Supervisors of the County of Albemarle, Virginia, that Chapter 6, Fire Protection, is hereby amended and reordained as follows:

 

By Adding:

Article V         Emergency Medical Services

Sec. 6-500       Purpose

Sec. 6-501       Definitions

Sec. 6-502       Fees for emergency medical services vehicle transports

 

 

CHAPTER 6.  FIRE PROTECTION

 

ARTICLE V: EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

 

Sec. 6-500.  Purpose.

 

Pursuant to Virginia Code §32.1-111.14, it is hereby determined that the powers set forth herein must be exercised in order to assure the provision of adequate and continuing emergency services and to preserve, protect and promote the public health, safety and general welfare.

 

State law reference—Virginia Code § 32.1-111.14

 

Sec. 6-501.  Definition.

 

"Emergency medical services vehicle" means any vehicle, vessel, aircraft, or ambulance that holds a valid emergency medical services vehicle permit issued by the Office of Emergency Medical Services that is equipped, maintained or operated to provide emergency medical care or transportation of patients who are sick, injured, wounded, or otherwise incapacitated or helpless.

 

State law reference—Definitions, Virginia Code § 32.1-111.1

 

Sec. 6-502.  Fees for emergency medical services vehicle transports.

 

            (a)        Reasonable fees shall be charged for transport services provided by emergency medical services vehicles operated by the department of fire and rescue and by volunteer companies if authorized to do so by a permit issued in accordance with this section.  The schedule of fees shall be established by resolution of the board.  No fees shall be charged for transport services within the county provided by volunteer companies unless expressly authorized by a county permit to do so.  In no event shall a person be denied transport for emergency medical services due to his or her inability to pay. 

 

            (b)        The county executive shall establish policies and procedures to implement this section in accordance with applicable law, including payment standards for persons demonstrating economic hardship.

 

State law reference—Virginia Code § 32.1-111.14

 

 

            This ordinance shall be effective immediately.

 

 

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