[MSAR] Home Land Security

Jenny Ryman sarpaws at netzero.net
Fri Mar 26 18:16:38 EST 2004

MessageNot necessarily.
The #1 limitation on liability reads that the volunteer must be acting "within the scope of the volunteers duties for the organization at the time of the act or omission".
I've not yet heard or read of a volunteer search team who's duties were precisely spelled out to include the provision of medical treatment. 
www.runquist.com/article_vol_protect.htm "Volunteer Protection Act of 1997-An Imperfect Solution"
www.aysoreg13.org/Doc/volpro.pdf - a more formal version of the text
www.leewardayso.org/Pdf/description.pdf "Volunteer Protection Act of 1997-What it means to you"

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jorene Downs 
  To: Mounted search and rescue 
  Sent: Friday, March 26, 2004 1:56 PM
  Subject: Re: [MSAR] Home Land Security

  You should also be aware that Federal law protects non-profit volunteers from liability under the Volunteer Protection Act.

  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 
  Jorene Downs
  Tulare Co, CA
  SAR, MSAR, Swiftwater Rescue, US&R,
  Technical Rescue, Cave Rescue,
  Hasty Team, ICP
  Tulare-Kings CERT Program Coordinator

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Jenny Ryman 
    To: Mounted search and rescue 
    Sent: Friday, March 26, 2004 10:45 AM
    Subject: Re: [MSAR] Home Land Security

    I'd certainly offer to assist with anyone injured, but in a "Good Samaritan" capacity expected of anyone else. To offer services at a higher level of training would be inviting trouble I think. 
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