Title 31, Chapter 11, Section 3
(a) The Board of Human Resources shall have the authority on behalf
of the state to designate and contract with a public or nonprofit
local entity to coordinate and administer the EMSC Program for each
health district designated by the Department of Human Resources. The
local coordinating entity thus designated shall be responsible for
recommending to the board or its designee the manner in which the
EMSC Program is to be conducted. In making its recommendations, the
local coordinating entity shall give priority to making the EMSC
Program function as efficiently and economically as possible. Each
licensed ambulance provider in the health district shall have the
opportunity to participate in the EMSC Program.
(b) The local coordinating entity shall request from each licensed
ambulance provider in its health district a written description of
the territory in which it can respond to emergency calls, based upon
the provider's average response time from its base location within
such territory; and such written description shall be due within ten
days of the request by the local coordinating entity.
(c) After receipt of the written descriptions of territory in which
the ambulance providers propose to respond to emergency calls, the
local coordinating entity shall within ten days recommend in writing
to the board or its designee the territories within the health
district to be serviced by the ambulance providers; and at this same
time the local coordinating entity shall also recommend the method
for distributing emergency calls among the providers, based
primarily on the considerations of economy, efficiency, and benefit
to the public welfare. The recommendation of the local coordinating
entity shall be forwarded immediately to the board or its designee
for approval or modification of the territorial zones and method of
distributing calls among ambulance providers participating in the
EMSC Program in the health district.
(d) The board, or its designee, is empowered to conduct a hearing into the recommendations made by the local coordinating entity, and such hearing shall be conducted according to the procedures set forth in Code Section 31-5-2.
(e) The recommendations of the local coordinating entity shall not be modified unless the board or its designee shall find, after a hearing, that the determination of the district health director is not consistent with operation of the EMSC Program in an efficient, economical manner that benefits the public welfare. The decision of the board or its designee shall be rendered as soon as possible and shall be final and conclusive concerning the operation of the EMSC Program; and appeal from such decision shall be pursuant to Code Section 31-5-3.
(f) The local coordinating entity shall begin administering the EMSC Program in accord with the decision by the board or its designee immediately after the decision by the board or its designee regarding the approval or modification of the recommendations made by the local coordinating entity; and the EMSC Program shall be operated in such manner pending the resolution of any appeals filed pursuant to Code Section 31-5-3.