Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

R.I. Gen. Laws 23-4.1-12(e)

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Firefighter, EMT, or Paramedic


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.

Full Title

Immunity from liability

Full Text

(e) Any municipal, fire district, or state firefighter, paramedic, or emergency medical technician who, in good faith, without the expectation of monetary or other compensation from the person aided or treated, renders first aid, emergency treatment, rescue assistance, or transport services to a person at the scene of an accident, fire, or in any other emergency situation, or en route from the scene to any hospital, medical clinic, or doctor's office, shall not be liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions resulting from the rendering of that care, treatment, or assistance.