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Law Number

N.C. Gen. Stat. 58-82-5(c)

Summary Title

Liability: Volunteer Fire Department Member


An individual, who is a member of a volunteer fire department or rescue squad and who, without compensation, provides emergency treatment to a person in need at the scene of a fire, 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.

Full Title

Liability limited

Full Text

(c) Any member of a volunteer fire department or rescue squad who receives no compensation for his services as a fire fighter or emergency medical care provider, who renders first aid or emergency health care treatment at the scene of a fire to a person who is unconscious, ill, or injured as a result of the fire shall not be liable in civil damages for any acts or omissions relating to such services rendered, unless such acts or omissions amount to gross negligence, wanton conduct or intentional wrongdoing.