Sec. 10-1. - Definitions.
   The following words, terms, and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the mean-ings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
   Advanced life support non transporting unit means a vehicle identified as an advanced life support non transporting unit. It shall carry equipment and supplies in accordance with the level of advanced life support care offered by the provider with which the vehicle is affiliated. These vehicles shall comply with requirements as set forth by the office of emergency medical services and other applicable General Statutes of the state.
   Ambulance means any privately or publicly owned motor vehicle, aircraft, or vessel that is specially designed, constructed, or modified and equipped and is intended to be used for and is maintained or operated for the transportation on the streets or highways, waterways or airways of this state of persons who are sick, injured, wounded, or otherwise incapacitated or helpless.
   Ambulance provider means an individual, firm, corporation or association who engages or professes to engage in the business or service of transporting patients in an ambulance.
   Approved means approved by the state medical care commission pursuant to the latter's rules and regulations promulgated under G.S. 143B-165.
   Department means the Johnston County Emergency Services Department.
   Emergency and emergency transportation service means the use of an ambulance, its equipment and personnel to provide medical care and transportation of a patient who is in need of immediate medical treatment in order to prevent loss of life or further aggravation or physiological or psychological illness or injury.
   Emergency medical dispatch means the approved program with procedures established for the management and delivery of emergency medical assistance by a public or private agency that sends emergency medical assistance to requesting persons and provides prearrival instructions for a victim of sudden injury or illness.
   Emergency medical responder means an individual who has completed a training program in emergency medical care and first aid approved by the state department of health and human services and has been certified as a medical responder by the department of health and human services, office of emergency medical services.
   Emergency medical technician (EMT) means an individual who has completed a training program in emergency medical care at least equal to the national standard training program for emergency medical technicians as defined by the United States Department of Transportation and has been certified as an emergency medical technician by the state office of emergency medical service.
   Franchise means a permit issued by the county to a person for the operation of an ambulance service.
   Franchisee means any person having been issued a franchise by the county for the operation of an ambulance service.
   License means any driver's license or permit to operate a motor vehicle issued under or granted by the laws of the state.
   Nonemergency transportation services means the operation of an ambulance for any purpose other than transporting emergency patients.
   Operator means a person in actual physical control of an ambulance which is in motion or which has the engine running.
    Owner means any person or entity who owns an ambulance.
   Patient means an individual who is sick, injured, wounded, or otherwise incapacitated or helpless such that the need for some medical assistance might be anticipated while being transported to or from a medical facility.
   Rescue means situations where the victim cannot escape an area through the normal exit or under his own power.
   Responder means an organization with personnel trained in emergency medical care that is dispatched to the scene of a medical emergency for the primary purpose of providing emergency medical assistance to a patient until the ambulance and additional medical aid arrives.
   Secondary ambulance provider means the system of personnel and equipment meeting the same criteria as a primary ambulance provider, but not normally dispatched on first call response.
   Telecommunicator means a person who is available at all times to receive requests for emergency services, to dispatch emergency services, and to advise local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical facilities of any existing or threatened emergency.
(Ord. of 4-6-1998, § I; Amend. of 6-2-2008(2); Amend. of 4-7-2014; Amend. of 8-3-2020; Amend. of 10-2-2023)
   Cross reference— Definitions generally, § 1-2.