Chapter 5.08
AMBULANCES

Sections:

5.08.010    Definitions.

5.08.020    Permits and license required.

5.08.030    Ambulance crew.

5.08.040    First aid equipment.

5.08.050    Public liability insurance.

5.08.060    Application for license.

5.08.070    Required information.

5.08.080    Annual license fee.

5.08.090    Revocation.

5.08.100    Penalties.

5.08.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

A. “Ambulance” means and includes any motor vehicle acting as a common carrier for hire for the transportation or conveyance of the sick or injured.

B. “Operating an ambulance” applies to the operation of any ambulance licensed to operate within the city. It shall not apply to any ambulance which passes through the city in the delivery of fares picked up at points beyond the limits of the city.

C. “Ambulance licensee” means and includes any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of carrying or transporting any sick or injured person, for hire, by the use of any automobile or vehicle designed or adapted for such purpose. (Ord. 267 § 1, 1972; Ord. 256 § 1, 1971)

5.08.020 Permits and license required.

No person, firm or corporation shall operate, or cause to be operated, any ambulance in the city without first securing from the city clerk a valid ambulance licensee’s permit, provided any hospital or nursing home may provide ambulance service for its patient’s only, without a permit. The number of persons, firms or corporations licensed shall be limited to not more than one person, firm or corporation for each 5,000 or fraction thereof of population within the limits of the city. To qualify for a license, the licensee must have at least two ambulances, one of which must always be available within the city to answer emergency calls. (Ord. 267 § 2, 1972; Ord. 256 § 2, 1971)

5.08.030 Ambulance crew.

No person, firm or corporation shall operate any ambulance in the city without the same being attended by a crew of two able-bodied persons, at least one of whom shall be over the age of 21 years and shall hold a valid state vehicle operator’s license and shall hold whatever first aid certificate that is required by state law. (Ord. 256 § 3, 1971)

5.08.040 First aid equipment.

Each ambulance shall at all times be equipped as follows:

A. First aid equipment consisting of leg and arm splints and standard 24 unit first aid kits as prescribed by the American Red Cross or the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries;

B. Invalid couch-type bed on wheels;

C. Stretcher for a second patient on floor or hanger;

D. Bandages, tourniquets and splints;

E. Oxygen tank equipped with hose and face piece and reserve type of equipment for administering;

F. Fresh, clean linen and blankets sufficient for two patients;

G. Towels, male and female urinals, restraints, fire extinguisher, basin, fan and heater. (Ord. 256 § 4, 1971)

5.08.050 Public liability insurance.

No license shall be issued under this chapter for any ambulance until the same is covered with public liability insurance in the amount of not less than $100,000 per person and $200,000 per accident, and property damage insurance in the amount of $50,000 for each accident or occurrence. (Ord. 256 § 5, 1971)

5.08.060 Application for license.

Application for an ambulance license permit shall be made to the clerk with an annual license fee as established by resolution. (Ord. 2005-029 § 2; Ord. 256 § 6, 1971)

5.08.070 Required information.

The applicant shall provide the city clerk with the following:

A. Name and address of the person, firm or corporation desiring such ambulance permit or license;

B. The number and description of ambulances owned by and operated by the applicant and location of each;

C. A policy of insurance as required by this chapter, which policy shall contain an endorsement providing that 10 days’ notice to the city will be given by the insurance company in the event of any material change or cancellation. (Ord. 256 § 7, 1971)

5.08.080 Annual license fee.

The annual license fee shall be as established by resolution, which shall cover all ambulances covered by the company. The ambulance license shall expire on the last day of December next following the issuance thereof and may be renewed from year to year. (Ord. 2005-029 § 2; Ord. 256 § 8, 1971)

5.08.090 Revocation.

Any such license shall be subject to revocation upon conviction of the operator for failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 256 § 9, 1971)

5.08.100 Penalties.

It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to violate or fail to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 256 § 10, 1971)