Replacement of one ambulance service by another
(1) When a city, county or district requires an ambulance service currently operating within the city, county or district to be replaced by another public or private ambulance service, the city, county or district shall provide that:
(a) Paramedic staffing shall be maintained at least at the levels established in the local plan for ambulance services and ambulance service areas developed under ORS 682.062 (County plan for ambulance and emergency medical services); and
(b) When hiring paramedics to fill vacant or new positions during the six-month period immediately following the date of replacement, the replacement ambulance service shall give preference to qualified employees of the previous ambulance service at comparable certification levels.
(2) As used in this section:
(a) "Ambulance" has the meaning given that term by ORS 682.025 (Definitions).
(b) "Ambulance service" means any individual, partnership, corporation, association or agency that provides transport services and emergency medical services through use of licensed ambulances.
(c) "District" has the meaning given that term by ORS 198.010 ("District" defined for chapter).
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