[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Wappinger 8-27-2007 by L.L. No. 11-2007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fines — See Ch. 122.
The purpose of this chapter is to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people of the Town of Wappinger, New York, by imposing requirements to insure that the 911 emergency response system receives notification from ambulance services of any emergency in the Town of Wappinger that it responds to, in order that properly trained and equipped first responders can promptly respond to the scene of an emergency. This chapter is enacted pursuant to the authority granted to the Town by Municipal Home Rule Law § 10(1) for the protection, safety, health and well-being of the people of the Town of Wappinger, as well as the traveling, visiting and sojourning public.
The Town Board hereby finds that ambulance services have been called to the scene of an emergency within the Town of Wappinger in response to a telephone request outside of the 911 system. Calls outside of the 911 system may result in the response of multiple ambulances to the scene, or the call may result in the dispatch of an improperly equipped ambulance or may result in an increased response time. Calls to ambulances made outside of the 911 system deprive injured persons at the scene of the emergency the benefit of the trained and appropriate response from fire companies, police and other first responders in the 911 system. Calls outside of the 911 system increase the cost of providing ambulance services to local taxpayers and third-party insurers.
The Town Board further finds and determines that receiving calls for ambulance services outside of the 911 system creates dual, uncoordinated and unnecessary responses on the part of ambulance services, and this constitutes an unsafe practice.
The Town Board also finds that such unsafe practice interferes with the emergency medical services provided by the Wappinger Ambulance District and by volunteer fire departments.
The purpose of this chapter is to stop the abuses and unsafe practices caused by the uncoordinated and unnecessary response by ambulance services that have been called for medical assistance outside of the 911 emergency response system.
The terms "ambulance service," "initial emergency medical assistance" and "advanced life support services" shall have the same meanings as defined in Article 30 of the Public Health Law.
Any ambulance service receiving a request for initial emergency assistance and/or a request for emergency advanced life support services to a location within the Town of Wappinger shall notify the Dutchess County 911 Dispatcher of any request for such services prior to dispatching an ambulance, and any response shall be coordinated and approved by the Dutchess County 911 Dispatcher.