[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen 9-8-1981. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The ambulance shall be used for emergency transportation only. The ambulance may be requested by any person for an emergency in the Town of Falmouth by calling the Falmouth Fire Department, 548-2323. The dispatcher at fire headquarters will dispatch the ambulance.
The distance that the ambulance is allowed to travel limited to one hundred (100) miles.
Those individuals arriving at Woods Hole from Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands who require emergency transportation are eligible for service.
All injured or ill persons will be transported to Falmouth Hospital.
The Fire Department will send the ambulance and fire engine to the helicopter pad when a helicopter is scheduled to land. The Coast Guard Air Station will notify the Fire Department and the Falmouth Hospital as soon as possible of an anticipated pickup giving an initial estimated time of arrival (ETA). When the patient is aboard the helicopter, the Coast Guard Air Station will notify the hospital and Fire Department of the update ETA.
The men assigned to the ambulance shall be certified paramedics or emergency medical technicians (EMT's) operating under the supervision of the emergency medical service (EMS) supervisor who in turn answers to the Chief of the Fire Department.
When transporting a patient, there will be one (1) paramedic and one (1) EMT or two (2) EMT's riding in the ambulance whenever possible.
The paramedic or EMT on duty, regardless of rank, shall be in charge of patient care. However, if conditions warrant, such as a multiple accident where he may be otherwise committed, another paramedic or EMT may direct patient care. The paramedic or EMT in charge shall determine at the scene:
The paramedic or EMT in charge will report in writing to the EMS supervisor any request for emergency transportation that in his judgment was improper or inappropriate.
For a patient being transported from Falmouth Hospital, the Town ambulance will be used for emergency transportation to another hospital only. The ambulance will not remain to transport the patient back to Falmouth Hospital.
There will be one (1) paramedic or EMT and a driver on emergency transportation trips from Falmouth Hospital to another hospital. Either a doctor or a nurse will ride with the paramedic or EMT during the emergency trip, as the Falmouth Hospital is liable for the patient once contact has been established with Falmouth Hospital.
A policeman or policewoman will accompany persons transported to a psychiatric hospital.
[Amended AFTM 11-8-2004, Art. 9, approved 12-30-2004]
The charge for service will be in keeping with current Medicare and welfare reimbursements.
The bill for service will be sent by the Fire Department and payment is to be made to the Town Treasurer. All persons will be billed.
In the event of an obvious dead on arrival (DOA), once a police officer is on the scene the ambulance may return to quarters.