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CHAPTER 343 AN ACT TO ASSURE ADEQUATE AND CONTINUING AMBULANCE SERVICES TO THE CITIZENS OF NORTH CAROLINA. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
It is hereby declared as a matter of State policy: -1 That, in order to preserve, protect, and promote the public health, safety, and general welfare, adequate and continuing ambulance services should be available to every citizen of North Carolina. -2 That uniform minimum standards of adequacy should be prescribed and enforced by and through appropriate State and local agencies in order to assure safe, sanitary, and competent ambulance services. -3 That, insofar as it is economically feasible, ambulance services should be provided by private enterprise. -4 That, upon the failure of private enterprise to provide adequate and continuing ambulance services in any county, the board of county 367 commissioners of such county should be authorized to provide, or cause to be provided within said county, such services.