§ 77-1. Definitions. 
The following terms are defined for purposes of this Chapter: 
(1)
Ambulance - 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 County of persons who are sick, injured, wounded or otherwise 
incapacitated or helpless and that is permitted by the Department of Human Resources, 
Division of Facility Services, Office of Emergency Medical Services, and any vehicle 
meeting the definition of an "EMS nontransporting vehicle" under Title 10A of the North 
Carolina Administrative Code (currently found in 10A NCAC 13P.0109), as it may be 
amended from time to time. 
(2)
Ambulance Provider License  - The legal authorization issued by NCOEMS for a person, 
firm, corporation or association to operate an ambulance service within a specified 
geographical service area which includes the areas of Henderson County that a franchisee 
is authorized to serve under the terms of the franchise. 
(3)
Ambulance Service - A public or privately owned enterprise that is engaged in the 
transportation of patients to emergency and/or nonemergency medical facilities.   
(4)
Approved - Approved by the North Carolina Medical Care Commission pursuant to the 
latter's rules and regulations promulgated under N.C.G.S. 143B-165.
(5)
Backup Ambulance Service - The system of personnel and equipment meeting the same 
criteria as ambulance service but not normally dispatched at first-call response.   
(6)
County - The County of Henderson Board of Commissioners or designated 
representative.   
(7)
Dispatcher - A person who is available at all times to receive requests for emergency 
services, to dispatch emergency services and to advise the city police, County Sheriff and 
emergency medical facilities of any existing or threatened emergencies.   
(8)
Emergency And Emergency Transportation Service - The operation of an ambulance in 
order 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 of physiological 
or psychological illness or injury.   
(9)
Emergency Medical Technician - 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 NCOEMS.  
(10)
First Responder - The first dispatched medical or rescue aid to arrive at the scene and 
provide emergency medical assistance to stabilize the patient while waiting for further 
medical aid and/or transport.   
(11)
Franchise - A permit issued by the County to a person for the operation of an ambulance 
service.   
(12)
Franchisee - Any person having been issued a franchise by the County for the operation 
of an ambulance service.   
(13)
License - Any driver's license or permit to operate a motor vehicle issued under or 
granted by the laws of the State of North Carolina. 
(14)  
Medical Responder- An individual who has completed a training program in emergency 
medical care and first aid approved by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical 
Services (NCOEMS) and has been certified as a Medical Responder NCOEMS.
(15)
Nonemergency Transportation Services - The operation of an ambulance for any purpose  
other than an emergency.   
(16)
Operator - A person in actual physical control of an ambulance which is in motion or 
which has the engine running.   
(17)
Owner - Any person or entity who or which owns and operates an ambulance service.   
(18)
Patient - An individual who is sick, injured, wounded or otherwise incapacitated or 
helpless such that the need for some medical assistance might be anticipated.
(19)
Person - Any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company, group of 
individuals acting together for a common purpose or organization of any kind, including 
any governmental agency other than the United States.   
(20)
Rescue - Situations where the victim cannot escape an area through the normal exit or 
under their own power.