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Title

Profession

Summary

Liability: Emergency Responder

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

Certain emergency responders, who, voluntarily and without compensation, provide emergency care, will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if they act with extreme carelessness or with intent to cause harm.

Liability: Firefighter, Paramedic, and EMTs

Emergency Medical Services Professional, Firefighter,

A firefighter, paramedic, or emergency medical technician who, in good faith and without compensation, provides emergency treatment, rescue, or transport assistance at the scene of an accident or emergency or while en route to a health care center will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act.

Liability: Assisting in Debris and Wreckage Removal

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual who, in response to a disaster, participates in the removal of debris or wreckage following authorization by the governor or political subdivision, will not be held legally responsible for injury, death, or damage to property. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Providing Shelter

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual, who, voluntarily and without compensation, allows the use of their land to be used as shelter during an emergency training activity or during an actual disaster, will not be held legally responsible for injury, death, or damage to property. They can be held legally responsible for acting with extreme carelessness or with intent to cause harm.

Liability: Architect

Other Volunteer,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, an architect who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides architectural services will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Good Samaritan Law

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual, who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides emergency assistance or life saving treatment, will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: Physician Assistant During Disaster

Other Medical Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a physician assistant from any state who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides emergency medical assistance will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. The physician assistant can provide medical care during a declared emergency without physician supervision, if it is not available.

Good Samaritan Law: Physician

Physician,

A physician, who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides emergency medical assistance in a non-medical setting, will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if they act with extreme carelessness or with intent to cause harm. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Good Samaritan Law: Physician Assistant

Other Medical Professional,

A physician assistant who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides emergency medical assistance in a non-medical setting, will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: Engineer

Other Volunteer,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, an engineer who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides engineering services will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Good Samaritan Law: Nurse

Nurse,

A nurse, who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides emergency medical assistance in a non-medical setting, will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if they act with extreme carelessness or with intent to cause harm. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: Disaster Response Worker

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A disaster response worker, who attempts to comply with an official emergency order, will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Good Samaritan Law: Veterinarian Providing Emergency Care

Veterinarian,

A veterinarian who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides emergency veterinary assistance to an animal in need will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. The veterinarian can be held legally responsible if they act with extreme carelessness. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: Dentist and Dental Hygienist

Other Medical Professional, Dentist,

A dentist or dental hygienist who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides emergency medical assistance in an area that is not a hospital, dentist’s office, or clinic will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Use of an AED

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual, who, without compensation, provides training or emergency care using CPR or an AED will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. A physician medical director will not be held legally responsible for directing the use of an AED. This liability protection only applies if the individual received CPR or AED training based on guidelines issued by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

Liability: Land Surveyor

Other Volunteer,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a land surveyor who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides land surveying services will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Use of an Epi Pen

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual who administers or fails to administer epinephrine to an individual will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: Emergency Medical Services Personnel

Emergency Medical Services Professional,

An emergency medical services provider who provides services within the scope of their training outside of a hospital will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Authority, Powers, Duties, Privileges and Immunities: Law Enforcement Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Law Enforcement,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a law enforcement officer, who responds to a request for mutual aid in a city or town bordering Rhode Island, will have the same authority, powers, duties, privileges, and immunities as they would have in their hometown. A law enforcement officer who responds to the request for mutual aid is entitled to workers' compensation.

Good Samaritan Law: Firefighter, EMT, or Paramedic

Emergency Medical Services Professional, Firefighter,

A firefighter, emergency medical technician, or paramedic who, in good faith and without compensation, provides first aid, emergency treatment, or rescue assistance at the scene of an emergency or while en route to a hospital from an emergency will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

License Reciprocity

Title

Profession

Summary

Volunteer Permit: Dentist and Dental Hygienist

Other Medical Professional, Dentist,

A dentist or dental hygienist who holds an out-of-state license to practice can obtain a volunteer permit to provide free services in Rhode Island without complying with licensure requirements. The dentist or dental hygienist must submit an application to the Board of Examiners in Dentistry in order to obtain the permit.

License Reciprocity: Disaster Response Worker

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a disaster response worker does not need to comply with Rhode Island licensing requirements to practice.

Volunteer License: Physician

Physician,

A retired physician can obtain a volunteer license to practice medicine, without compensation, at a charitable organization for under- or uninsured patients.

License Exemption: Volunteer Physician

Physician,

A physician, who is licensed in good standing in another state, can practice medicine in Rhode Island for up to 7 days if they are working as an unpaid volunteer physician.

Limited License: Psychologist

Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A psychologist licensed in another state can perform psychological services without a Rhode Island license for up to 10 days per year, 5 days of which can be consecutive.

License Reciprocity: Architect with NCARB Certification During State of Disaster

Other Volunteer,

An architect who holds a certification with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) can practice up to 90 days following the declaration of a state of disaster.

Liability: Physician Assistant Providing Care During Disaster

Other Medical Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a licensed physician assistant can provide voluntary emergency medical assistance without the required physician supervision.

Authority, Powers, Duties, Privileges and Immunities: Law Enforcement Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Law Enforcement,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a law enforcement officer, who responds to a request for mutual aid in a city or town bordering Rhode Island, will have the same authority, powers, duties, privileges, and immunities as they would have in their hometown. A law enforcement officer who responds to the request for mutual aid is entitled to workers' compensation.

Scope of Practice

Title

Profession

Summary

Liability: Physician Assistant During Disaster

Other Medical Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a physician assistant from any state who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides emergency medical assistance will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. The physician assistant can provide medical care during a declared emergency without physician supervision, if it is not available.

Scope of Practice: Pharmacist Dispensing Emergency Refill

Pharmacist,

A pharmacist can dispense a one-time emergency refill (up to a 72 hour supply) if they believe there is an urgent need, the medication is not a controlled substance, and the prescriber is notified of the emergency dispensing within a reasonable amount of time.

Liability: Physician Assistant Providing Care During Disaster

Other Medical Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a licensed physician assistant can provide voluntary emergency medical assistance without the required physician supervision.

Authority, Powers, Duties, Privileges and Immunities: Law Enforcement Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Law Enforcement,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a law enforcement officer, who responds to a request for mutual aid in a city or town bordering Rhode Island, will have the same authority, powers, duties, privileges, and immunities as they would have in their hometown. A law enforcement officer who responds to the request for mutual aid is entitled to workers' compensation.

Workers' Benefits

Title

Profession

Summary

Workers’ Benefits: Certified Disaster Service Volunteer

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional, Minor or Student,

Upon request from the American Red Cross and supervisor approval, a state employee who is a certified disaster service volunteer can obtain paid leave from their place of employment for up to 10 days per year to participate in specialized disaster relief services with the American Red Cross. They will not lose seniority, pay, vacation time, compensatory time, personal business leave, sick leave, or earned overtime as a result of volunteering. This section only applies to a declared disaster in Rhode Island.

Authority, Powers, Duties, Privileges and Immunities: Law Enforcement Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Law Enforcement,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a law enforcement officer, who responds to a request for mutual aid in a city or town bordering Rhode Island, will have the same authority, powers, duties, privileges, and immunities as they would have in their hometown. A law enforcement officer who responds to the request for mutual aid is entitled to workers' compensation.