1. In order to develop and maintain programs for EMS training, EMS-related activities and mutual aid emergencies in which the services of EMS providers would be used and to cooperate with appropriate state agencies in furthering such programs, any county may create a county EMS advisory board and may establish the office of county EMS coordinator.

2. A county EMS advisory board shall consist of not less than five nor more than twenty-one members, each of whom shall be appointed by the legislative body for a term of not to exceed one year, two years or three years. Such terms of office need not be the same for all members. It shall be the duty of such board to cooperate with appropriate state agencies in relation to such programs for EMS training, EMS-related activities and mutual aid; to act as an advisory body to the county government and to the county EMS coordinator, if any, in connection with the county participation in such programs for EMS training, EMS-related activities and mutual aid and mutual aid programs in cases of emergencies in which the services of EMS providers would be used; to perform such other duties as may be prescribed in relation to EMS training, EMS-related activities and mutual aid in cases of emergencies in which the services of EMS providers would be used. The members of such board shall be county officers, and shall serve without compensation.

3. If the office of county EMS coordinator is created in any county, a county EMS coordinator shall be appointed. It shall be his or her duty to administer the county programs for EMS training and mutual aid in cases of emergencies in which the services of EMS providers would be used; to act as a liaison officer between the county government and the county EMS advisory board and the EMS providers in the county and the officers and governing boards or bodies thereof; and to perform such other duties as prescribed. The county EMS coordinator shall be a county officer and the amount of his or her compensation, if any, shall be fixed by the county.

4. A member of the legislative body, the county EMS coordinator, or a deputy county EMS coordinator, may be appointed as a member of the county EMS advisory board, but shall receive no additional compensation for services performed as a member of such advisory board.