Title 31, Chapter 11, Section 2
As used in this chapter, the term:
(1) "Ambulance" means a motor vehicle that is specially
constructed and equipped and is intended to be used for the
emergency transportation of patients, including dual purpose
police patrol cars and funeral coaches or hearses which otherwise
comply with the provisions of this chapter.
(2) "Ambulance attendant" means a person responsible for the care
of patients being transported in an ambulance.
(3) "Ambulance provider" means an agency or company providing
ambulance service which is operating under a valid license from
the Emergency Health Section of the Division of Public Health of
the Department of Human Resources.
(4) "Ambulance service" means the providing of emergency care and
transportation on the public streets and highways of this state
for a wounded, injured, sick, invalid, or incapacitated human
being to or from a place where medical or hospital care is
(5) "Cardiac technician" means a person who, having been trained
and certified as an emergency medical technician and having
completed additional training in advanced cardiac life support
techniques in a training course approved by the department, is so
certified by the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners prior
to January 1, 2002, or the Department of Human Resources on and
after January 1, 2002.
(6) "Composite board" means the Composite State Board of Medical
(6.1) "Department" means the Department of Human Resources.
(7) "Emergency medical services system" means a system which
provides for the arrangement of personnel, facilities, and
equipment for the effective and coordinated delivery in an
appropriate geographical area of health care services under
emergency conditions, occurring either as a result of the
patient's condition or as a result of natural disasters or similar
situations, and which is administered by a public or nonprofit
private entity which has the authority and the resources to
provide effective administration of the system.
(8) "Emergency Medical Systems Communications Program" (EMSC
Program) means any program established pursuant to Public Law
93-154, entitled the Emergency Medical Services Systems Act of
1973, which serves as a central communications system to
coordinate the personnel, facilities, and equipment of an
emergency medical services system and which:
(A) Utilizes emergency medical telephonic screening;
(B) Utilizes a publicized emergency telephone number; and
(C) Has direct communication connections and interconnections
with the personnel, facilities, and equipment of an emergency
medical services system.
(9) "Emergency medical technician" means a person who has been
certified by the department after having successfully completed an
emergency medical care training program approved by the
(10) "First responder" means any person or agency who provides
on-site care until the arrival of a duly licensed ambulance
(11) "Health districts" means the geographical districts designated by the department in accord with Code Section 31-3-15.
(12) "Invalid car" means a motor vehicle not used for emergency
purposes but used only to transport persons who are convalescent,
sick, or otherwise nonambulatory.
(13) "License" when issued to an ambulance service signifies that
its facilities and operations comply with this chapter and the
rules and regulations issued by the department hereunder.
(14) "License officer" means the commissioner of human resources
or his designee.
(15) "Local coordinating entity" means the public or nonprofit private entity designated by the Board of Human Resources or its designee to administer and coordinate the EMSC Program in a health district established in accord with Code Section 31-3-15.
(16) "Paramedic" means any person who has been certified by the
composite board before January 1, 2002, or by the department on or
after January 1, 2002, as having been trained in emergency care
techniques in a paramedic training course approved by the
(16.1) "Paramedic clinical preceptor" means a Georgia certified
paramedic with a minimum of two years of emergency medical
services experience who meets the standard requirements for
paramedic preceptor training as established by the department.
(17) "Patient" means an individual who is sick, injured, wounded,
or otherwise incapacitated or helpless.
(18) "Person" means 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 of the United States.
(19) "Provisional license" when issued to an ambulance service
means a license issued on a conditional basis to allow a newly
established ambulance service a period of 30 days to demonstrate
that its facilities and operations comply with this chapter and
rules and regulations issued by the department under this chapter.