Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

ORS 404.210

Summary Title

Liability: Search and Rescue Volunteer


A search and rescue volunteer who, acting within the scope of their duties, participates in search and rescue activities under the direction of a sheriff, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act.

Full Title

Coverage under Oregon Tort Claims Act

Full Text

A qualified search and rescue volunteer is an agent of a county 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 and that occur while the volunteer is performing search and rescue activities under the direction of the sheriff of the county or the designee of the sheriff, and the county shall defend, save harmless and indemnify the volunteer for any tort claim arising out of an alleged act or omission occurring in the performance of those activities as required by ORS 30.285.