4766-5-10 Communications requirements.

(A) All licensed AMSO communication centers shall be equipped with a base station capable of two-way communications with associated radios on an assigned frequency. This channel will be used exclusively for dispatch and tactical communications and shall be independent of any involvement in the Ohio emergency radio network. The communication center shall demonstrate and maintain a voice communications linkage with the radios used in the permitted aircraft within the declared service area. All licensed AMSOs shall be responsible for and ensure compliance with the following requirements:

(1) The base station must be hard-wired;

(2) A hand held battery operated base station used as primary source of communication is prohibited;

(3) The base station must be manned during all phases of aircraft operations;

(4) All in-coming and out-going telephone and radio transmissions regarding medical transports shall be recorded on a system with time recording and playback capabilities. Recordings must be kept for at least thirty days from the day of recording and be made available to the board upon request.

(5) An emergency plan for communications during power outages and in disaster situations shall be established;

(6) Service area maps and/or navigational charts or mapping software shall be readily available.

(B) All permitted aircraft shall be equipped with two-way communications capable of communication with the licensed AMSO's communication center, air traffic control, and medical control:

(1) The pilot shall be able to control and override radio transmissions from the cockpit in the event of an emergency situation;

(2) Medical team members shall be able to communicate with each other during flight. Rotorcraft air ambulance medical personnel must wear headsets and/or helmets with communications capabilities during medical transport;

(3) If cellular telephones or other such communications are used on board the aircraft, they are to be used in accordance with FCC regulations (Code of Regulations 47, Parts 20-39, Section 22.925 ; October 1, 1996);

(a) Cellular telephones must be shut off whenever the aircraft leaves the ground;

(b) A notice shall be posted in the aircraft indicating cellular telephone use while airborne is prohibited.

(C) All licensed AMSOs shall maintain a detailed radio log that documents the following:

(1) Time call received;

(2) Location of call, requesting agency;

(3) Nature of call;

(4) Initial dispatch time;

(5) Time enroute, as applicable;

(6) Time on-scene, as applicable;

(7) Departure from scene time;

(8) Arrival at destination time;

(9) Souls on-board.

(D) Radio equipment used in permitted aircraft shall meet the requirements specified in paragraph 90.203 of the federal communications commission and all federal aviation administration rules and regulations.

Effective: 01/06/2008
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/06/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4766.03
Rule Amplifies: 4766.04 , 4766.07