2.92 Emergency Ambulance Service
2.92.010 Service charges
There shall be service charges for each person who requests an emergency medical
response or who medically requires and receives the benefit of emergency medical
treatment or transportation in an ambulance dispatched by the city. Such service
charges shall be, and not exceed the maximum permitted by the county of Los Angeles
general public ambulance rates, as they now exist or as amended, plus all applicable
related charges including, but not limited to, consumable supplies. In the event
a person receives any emergency medical assessment but is not transported, there
shall be a charge reflecting the cost to provide such assessment, but in no event
shall the charge be less than one hundred dollars. All charges under this chapter
shall be applicable regardless of whether the ambulance dispatched by the city is
city-owned, owned by another public agency or commercially owned. Multiple patient
service charges shall be prorated when applicable.
(Ord. 5265 § 1, 2000: Ord. 5247 § 1 (part), 2000: prior code § 17-24)
2.92.020 Service charges-Debt of person transported or receiving benefit.
The service charges imposed by this chapter shall be the legal obligation of each
person transported or receiving benefit of an emergency medical response pursuant
to the provisions of this chapter, and shall be payable directly to the city or
its designated representative upon presentation of a bill for such service.
In the event of the transportation of a minor, the service charges shall be the
legal obligation of the minor's parent(s), legal guardian(s), or (in the absence
of a parent or legal guardian), any other person(s) who authorized the transportation
or an emergency response for the benefit of said minor.
(Ord. 5247 § 1 (part), 2000: prior code § 17-25)
2.92.030 City authorized to collect charges by contract.
The city may collect the service charges authorized by Section
2.92.010 directly, or it may contract or arrange for the public or private
collection of such charges. The procedure by which such service charges shall be
collected will be as mutually agreed upon in writing between the city and the collecting
agency or entity. In the absence of such agreed upon procedures, the city may collect
the service charges directly as provided for in this chapter.
Such agreed upon procedures may be changed, modified or altered from time to time,
provided any such changes, modifications or alterations are contained in a writing
signed by the city and the collecting agency or entity.
(Ord. 5247 § 1 (part), 2000: Ord. 5031 § 3, 1993: prior code § 17-28)
2.92.040 Service charges shall be civil debt-Action to collect.
The service charges, authorized by Section 2.92.010,
upon being incurred, shall be deemed a civil debt owed to the city. Such debt shall
be collectible through any lawful means, including court action, initiated by either
the city attorney or any contracting agency or entity authorized by the city to
initiate such collection or court action, or through small claims court, at the
discretion of the city.
(Ord. 5247 § 1 (part), 2000: Ord. 5031 § 4, 1993: prior code § 17-29)
2.92.050 Emergency medical services response fee.
For each person who is charged a service charge under Section
2.92.010, the fire chief (or the fire chief's designee for such purpose)
shall have the discretion to waive all or part of such fee, after consideration
of any of the following:
Whether the call was falsely initiated without consent or knowledge of the alleged
subject of the call;
Whether the call was initiated by mistake, but in good faith;
Whether the persons receiving such emergency or medical services were all part of
the same family or household and the nature and extent to which services were provided
to each member of such family or household; or
Whether a pattern or conduct is present which could constitute an abuse or misuse
of the emergency response system.
(Ord. 5247 § 1 (part), 2000: Ord. 5031 § 1, 1993: prior code § 17-26)