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For the purpose of this chapter, these terms shall have the following meanings:

“Availability costs” means those costs attributable to the basic infrastructure needed to respond to a single call for service within the utility’s response criteria, including costs for dispatch, labor, training of personnel, equipment, patient care supplies, and maintenance of equipment.

“Commercial/business” means any business (refer to definitions in PMC 5.05.010) located and operating within the City and paying a utility service fee under this chapter including hotels/motels and assisted living facilities.

“Demand costs” means those costs that are attributable to the burden placed upon the ambulance service by individual calls for ambulance service. Demand calls shall include costs relating to frequency of calls, distances from hospitals, and other factors identified in a costs-of-service study conducted to assess burdens imposed on the ambulance utility.

“Employee” means any person who performs work, labor, or services for a business and is on the business payroll. The term “employee” also includes self-employed persons, sole proprietors, owners, managers, partners, and all full-time, part-time, and temporary employees on the business payroll.

“Equivalent residential unit” shall mean a unit of measure to express the number of people dwelling in a single-family residence as provided by Office of Financial Management;

“Family residential” means each single-family dwelling within the City as defined by PMC 25.15.060.

“Full-time equivalent” shall mean the ratio of total number of paid hours during a year divided by the number of working hours in that year (1,920 hours).

“Industrial” means any industrial facility as permitted under Chapters 25.115 and 25.120 PMC located and operating within the City and paying a utility service fee under this chapter.

“Multifamily residential” means each unit, space, apartment or lot available for rent or lease within a multiple dwelling unit, including group, convalescent home, mobile or manufactured home parks and condominiums. Multifamily residential units do not include hotels, motels, rooming houses, or recreational vehicle parks, each of which is included within the “commercial/business” definition above.

“Resident” means a person who utilizes a dwelling unit inside the City as a fixed abode, and is not a guest, visitor, or other temporary inhabitant. A student who is regularly enrolled in an educational institution outside the City, but who would normally and regularly be a City resident, but for attendance at such educational institution, shall be deemed to reside within the City.

Types of Service. To distinguish between nonemergency and emergency services the following definitions shall apply:

(a) “Emergency medical services” shall mean an apparent sudden need of medical attention based on injury or other unforeseen acute physical or mental event, which poses an immediate threat to life or physical well-being;

(b) “Transport” shall mean the movement of a patient by ambulance from the scene of an emergency to the closest appropriate hospital;

(c) “Nontransport medical services” shall mean where a person receives medical services or treatment by Pasco ambulance personnel and is not transported to a medical facility by the ambulance;

(d) “Transfer” shall mean the movement of a patient by ambulance from or between one hospital to another, to a medical facility, to a residence, to an airport for transfer to another city, to another city or to any other designated location.

“Utility” means the City of Pasco ambulance service utility, including without limitation all equipment, employees, agents, supplies, overhead and other associated costs incurred to deliver all regulatory and ambulance services. [Ord. 4442 § 1, 2019; Ord. 4369, 2017; Ord. 3799, 2006; Ord. 3708 § 1, 2004; Ord. 3677 § 2, 2004; Ord. 3433 § 1, 2000; Ord. 2078 § 1, 1979; Code 1970 § 3.05.010.]