Ambulance Service Law and Legal Definition

Laws regulating the provision of ambulance service vary by state and locality. Such laws deal with issues such as the territory served by the ambulance service and funding of such services. Laws also regulate vehicle, staff, and billing and reporting requirements. In some local areas, ordinances have been passed levying fines on people who summon ambulance services for frivolous reasons, or require certain charges for persons requesting ambulance service more than a stated number of times within a given time period. Since laws vary by locality, please consult local laws to determine specific requirements in your area.

The following is an example of a state statute dealing with ambulance services:

"The governing body of any county or the governing body of any municipality within such county is hereby authorized to create and establish, maintain and operate ambulance service within the county, or within the municipality, to promote the health, welfare and safety of the residents of the county and municipality and of citizens and others traveling within such county and may make all needful rules and regulations for the control and management of such service."