Liability: Emergency Service Volunteer
When an emergency declaration is in effect, an emergency service volunteer who, acting within the scope of their duties, participates in emergency service activities, including trainings, under the direction of a government official will not be held legally responsible.
Coverage under Oregon Tort Claims Act
(1) A qualified emergency service volunteer is an agent of a public body under ORS 30.260 to 30.300 for the purpose of acts and omissions of the volunteer that are within the course and scope of the volunteer’s duties if the acts or omissions occur: (a) While the volunteer is performing emergency service activities under the direction of the public body during a state of emergency declared under this chapter, or during a state of public health emergency proclaimed under ORS 433.441; or (b) While the volunteer is engaged in training being conducted or approved by a public body for the purpose of preparing the volunteer to perform emergency services. (2) A public body shall defend, save harmless and indemnify a qualified emergency service volunteer as required by ORS 30.285 for any tort claim arising out of an act or omission described in subsection (1) of this section.