§16-4C-23. Authority of the commissioner to make rules.
(a) The commissioner shall propose for promulgation, legislative rules pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to carry out the purposes of this article.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), section six of this article, the commissioner shall propose for promulgation a legislative rule regulating fire department rapid response services, pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code which: (1) Establishes licensure and certification requirements for fire department rapid response services who do not charge for their services or transport patients; (2) incorporates necessary applicable emergency medical services requirements for licensure for "emergency medical services" as the requirements apply to fire departments and as defined in subsection (d), section three of this article; and (3) creates an exemption from license and inspection fees for fire departments that do not charge fees for their services and which authorizes such fire departments to conduct self inspections of their emergency vehicles in accordance with any applicable state or federal requirements for emergency medical service vehicles. The commissioner shall file the rule required by this subsection as an emergency rule on or before the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine. The Legislature hereby finds that an emergency exists compelling promulgation of an emergency rule, consistent with the provisions of this subsection.