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 See, e.g., Bricks v. Metro Ambulance Serv., Inc., 177 Ga. App. 62, 338 S.E.2d 438, 442 (Ga. Ct. App. 1985) (stating ambulance service was common carrier and absolutely liable for injury incurred during transport, except for acts 'of God or public enemies'). 


The determination of the proper standard of care presents a question of law because it defines a legal obligation to be determined only by the court and from which the jury may not deviate. Blatz v. Allina Health Sys., 622 N.W.2d 376, 383-84 (Minn. App. 2001) (citation omitted). 


Ambulances do not require a motor carrier certificate or permit. Minn. Stat. § 221.025 (4) (2000). In fact, ambulance services are regulated by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (the board). Minn. Stat. §§ 144E.001, subds. 2, 3; .01 (2000). Persons operating ambulance services must be licensed by the board. Minn. Stat. § 144E.10, subd. 1 (2000). In addition, ambulance service personnel are required to have special training and certification as an emergency medical technician (EMT), EMT-I, or EMT-P, to be a registered nurse who is also an EMT, or to be a registered physician assistant ...

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