7. In accordance with ministerial policies, objectives and priorities and having regard to the geographical location and size of its territory, the density of the population of the territory and the availability of technologies, each regional board must
(1) establish, as part of the development of the three-year strategic service organization plan, pre-hospital emergency service priorities that must, if required, provide for the whole of the population, access to a 9-1-1 centre, a health communication centre, a first responder service, ambulance services and centres operated by receiving institutions, in particular those that dispense emergency services ; the board may, according to the orientation of its plan, include programs for the general public and the school system ;
(2) determine the organization model for the pre-hospital emergency services offered in its region and the personnel assigned to the services ;
(3) coordinate the regional pre-hospital emergency services and ensure their interaction with the health and social services system ;
(4) determine, in accordance with ministerial policies, the medical supervisory framework for the providers of pre-hospital emergency services in its region ;
(5) establish, in accordance with the national policies on the quality of pre-hospital emergency care established under subparagraph 5 of the first paragraph of section 6, a procedure for and determine the means of non-emergency transportation to be used by users of health and social services between the facilities maintained by the institutions or between other service areas determined in the three-year strategic service organization plan of the regional board ;
(6) participate in the preparation of the national civil protection plan provided for in section 80 of the Civil Protection Act (chapter S-2.3) in conjunction with the other ministers and heads of government bodies concerned ;
(7) certify on the basis of the national standards established by the Minister, the bodies that may provide first responder training ; and
(8) determine staffing needs, apportion human, material and financial resources in an equitable manner and ensure that the resources are used efficiently in accordance with the three-year strategic service organization plan.
Each regional board must also
(1) issue ambulance service permits, and manage permit allocation and the number of ambulances per permit having regard to available resources and the three-year strategic service organization plan ; and
(2) prepare and maintain a list of all first responders available to provide services in accordance with the provisions of section 40.