Item Title: Second Reading of the North State Medical Transport Request for Convalescent Transport Ambulance Franchise Request
Specific Action Requested:
That the Board of Commissioners issue an ambulance franchise for non-emergency convalescent care ambulance service to North State Medical Transport, Knightdale, North Carolina, subject to approval by the County Manager based on a finding of compliance by the Director of the Emergency Services Division of the Department of Public Safety with Chapter 2-7, Article III, Wake County Code of Ordinances and all applicable State statutes and regulations.
At its September 20, 2004, meeting, the Board voted unanimously in favor of an application from North State Medical Transport for a franchise to operate a private convalescent transport service in Wake County. Since state law requires that a franchise be approved at two regular meetings before it may be finally adopted, it is being brought back to the Board for a second vote.
North State Medical Transport of Knightdale, North Carolina, is requesting the issuance of an ambulance franchise for operation of a non-emergency convalescent-care medical transport service pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 2-7, Article III of the Wake County Code of Ordinances (“Licenses and Business Regulations—Ambulance Services, etc.”). Award of a convalescent ambulance franchise represents permission to deliver non-emergency ambulance transportation services, and does not involve county subsidies or payments.
The Director of EMS has reviewed North State Medical Transport’s application for a non-emergency convalescent-care franchise, and has determined that North State Medical Transport’s representations are consistent with the requirements of Wake County’s ambulance franchise ordinance.
North State Medical Transport is requesting issuance of this franchise subject to approval of the County Manager based on the Department of Public Safety’s EMS Division Director’s finding of “on-the-ground” compliance of North State Medical Transport with Chapter 2-7, Article III, Wake County Code of Ordinances, and all applicable State statutes and regulations.
Over the past two-and-one-half years, the Board of Commissioners has authorized seven convalescent-care ambulance service franchises. If approved, the franchise sought by North State Medical Transport would be the eighth such franchise in Wake County.