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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: December 15, 2020 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 8-c <br /> SUBJECT: Second Reading: Emergency Services Franchise by Ordinance UNC Campus <br /> EMS <br /> DEPARTMENT: Emergency Services <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> UNC Campus EMS Franchise Agreement Dinah Jeffries, Emergency Services <br /> Franchise Certificate Director (919) 245-6123 <br /> Kim Woodward, Emergency <br /> Medical Services EMS Operations <br /> Manager (919) 245-6133 <br /> PURPOSE: In follow up to First Reading Approval at the December 7, 2020 Business meeting, <br /> to approve on Second Reading the granting of a Franchise by Ordinance to UNC Campus EMS <br /> and the Franchise Agreement under which they will operate. Approval on "Second Reading" is <br /> based on State law requirements that a franchise by ordinance pass two readings in order to be <br /> granted by the Board of Commissioners. <br /> BACKGROUND: On February 2, 2010, the Board held a Public Hearing to determine the need <br /> for supplemental ambulance services in accordance with NC Gen. Stat. § 153A-250(a). At that <br /> time the Board made the determination that franchise ambulance services were necessary to <br /> assure the provision of adequate and continuing ambulance service. State law requires that the <br /> Board of County Commissioners grant franchise agreements through County ordinance. This <br /> ordinance is required to pass two readings in order to be granted. <br /> Orange County has historically granted franchise agreements for convalescent transport and <br /> emergency ambulance services and for rescue service. The convalescent transport ambulance <br /> services franchises are only used to provide non-emergency convalescent transport to medical <br /> facilities typically for the care and treatment of a resident's long term health needs. Franchisees <br /> may also provide surge capacity in a basic life support capacity during a widespread emergency <br /> that stresses the capacity of Orange County Emergency Medical Services. For the first time in <br /> Orange County history, this agency is applying for EMT Non-transport services that will provide <br /> first response service to UNC Campus for all EMS requests for service. This response will <br /> augment Chapel Hill Fire who currently answers high acuity responses and Orange County <br /> EMS who responds to all requests for EMS Service. <br /> Emergency Services has reviewed the overall Emergency Services System in the County to <br /> confirm that franchise services continue to be necessary to assure the provision of adequate <br /> and continuing ambulance services and to preserve, protect, and promote the public health, <br />