[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hazlet 12-15-2020 by Ord. No. 1662-20. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to preserve and enhance the availability of volunteer first aid squad services for legitimate medical emergency situations in the Township by regulating the use of volunteer first aid squad services in certain non-emergency situations.
For purposes of this chapter, the following definition applies:
- PATIENT CARE FACILITY
- All state-licensed nursing homes, rest homes, health maintenance organizations, assisted living facilities, health-care facilities providing in-patient services, and other licensed or unlicensed medical care providers with the capacity to treat eight or more patients simultaneously.
All patient care facilities located within the Township are hereby required to own, lease, rent or have promptly available by contract sufficient appropriately staffed private ambulance services for the treatment and transport of patients in need of non-emergency medical care. Such ambulance services shall be available 365 days per year and 24 hours per day.
Each patient care facility subject to this chapter shall file proof of the availability of private ambulance services with the Township Clerk within 60 days after final passage of this chapter, and on or before January 1 of each year thereafter. Proof of private ambulance availability shall consist of contracts with at least two private ambulance service providers under which such providers are obliged to respond promptly to the patient care facility. Alternatively, if a patient care facility elects to own and operate its own ambulance(s), such proof shall consist of documentation of the make, model, year, color, serial number, license plate number, location, and staffing of such ambulance(s). As part of the proofs required under this chapter, the resident director, manager or authorized corporate officer of each patient care facility shall make and file with the Township Clerk a signed certification that adequate private ambulance services are available, and that all agents and employees of such facility involved with patient care have been apprised of and trained in the use of such private ambulance services. The failure of a patient care facility to comply with any requirement of this chapter shall constitute an ordinance violation by the patient care facility and its resident director, manager, or authorized corporate officer and shall be punishable by a fine of $1,000 and per every 30 days thereafter.
In the event that an employee or agent of a patient care facility located in the Township takes actions resulting in the dispatch of a volunteer first aid squad, and the responding volunteer first aid squad determines in its sole discretion that the basis for dispatch did not constitute circumstances requiring the use of an advanced life support or paramedic unit, the senior member of the responding volunteer first aid squad shall certify accordingly to the Township, such action by the private care facility shall constitute a violation of this chapter, punishable by a fine of $1,000 per violation.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Hazlet Township Code Enforcement Officer.