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(a) When an EMS vehicle manifests evidence of a mechanical or equipment deficiency which poses a significant threat to the health or safety of patients or crew, the EMS agency shall immediately suspend the vehicle from operation. An EMS agency may not operate an EMS vehicle that it has suspended from operation until the deficiency has been corrected.
(b) When an EMS vehicle, upon examination by the Department or a regional EMS council, manifests evidence of a mechanical or equipment deficiency which poses a significant threat to the health or safety of patients or crew, the EMS agency shall immediately suspend it from operation as directed by the Department. An EMS agency may not operate as an EMS vehicle a vehicle which has been suspended from operation by the Department until the Department has confirmed to the EMS agency that the deficiency has been corrected.
(a) Inspection of EMS vehicles. When an applicant for an EMS agency license is inspected, a Department or regional EMS council inspector will inspect each vehicle the applicant intends to operate as an EMS vehicle. If the vehicle satisfies the requirements for the type of EMS vehicle designated by the applicant, and the applicant otherwise satisfies the requirements for licensure and to conduct a service for which the EMS vehicle will be used, the inspector will affix a date stripe, with an inspection and expiration date, to two decals appropriate to that type of EMS vehicle and provide the decals to the applicant. The applicant shall place a decal in a prominent location on each side of the vehicle. The applicant may not operate the vehicle as an EMS vehicle until the applicant is licensed as an EMS agency and it affixes the decals to the EMS vehicle.
(b) Permanent change. Before operating an additional or permanent replacement EMS vehicle, an EMS agency shall submit an application for amendment of its license to the regional EMS council through which its license application was processed. The EMS agency may not operate that vehicle as an EMS vehicle unless, as described in subsection (a), it is authorized to do so following an inspection of the vehicle and it affixes decals to the vehicle.
(c) Temporary change. An EMS agency may operate a temporary replacement EMS vehicle without securing prior approval from the Department. It shall submit a temporary change of vehicle form to the regional EMS council through which its license application was processed, by facsimile, e-mail or regular mail before putting the EMS vehicle in service. In the form the EMS agency shall attest to the fact that the EMS vehicle satisfies the requirements for that type of EMS vehicle that are imposed by regulation and notices published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Upon submitting a temporary change of vehicle form, the EMS agency may continue to operate the temporary replacement EMS vehicle unless its authority to do so is disapproved by the inspector following an inspection of the EMS vehicle. Upon receiving a temporary change in vehicle form, the regional EMS council shall issue a letter which acknowledges receipt of the temporary change of vehicle form and authorizes the EMS agency to operate the replacement EMS vehicle for 7 days based upon its attestation that the vehicle satisfies all requirements. That time period may be extended by the regional EMS council by letter.
A new or additional vehicle may be used by the EMS agency only after the regional EMS council has inspected it, and the EMS agency has been authorized by the Bureau of EMS to begin using the vehicle.
A temporary replacement vehicle may be used after sending the form to the regional council. The temporary vehicle may not be used if it fails an inspection by the regional council. A temporary replacement vehcile can only be used for a maximum of 7 days unless extended by the regional council.
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