Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

7 CMC 2806

Summary Title

Liability: Emergency Rescue Personnel


Emergency rescue personnel who, in good faith, provide emergency rescue services within the scope of their official duties will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Full Title

Statutory Liability Limitations: Emergency Services; Public Entities and Emergency Rescue Personnel

Full Text

Neither a public entity nor emergency rescue personnel shall be liable for any injury caused by an action taken by the emergency rescue personnel acting within the scope of their employment to provide emergency services, unless the action taken was performed in a bad faith or in a grossly negligent manner. (a) For purposes of this section, it shall be presumed that the action taken when providing emergency services was performed in good faith and without gross negligence. This presumption shall be one affecting the burden of proof. (b) For purposes of this section, “emergency rescue personnel” means any person who is a firefighter, police officer or other law enforcement officer, EMT, Advanced EMT, or paramedic, of the federal government, the CNMI government, or local government, or other public or municipal corporation or political subdivision of this the CNMI, whether such person is a volunteer or partly paid or fully paid, while he is or she is actually engaged in providing emergency services as defined in this section. (c) For purposes of this section, “emergency services” includes, but is not limited to, first aid and medical services, rescue procedures and transportation, or other related activities necessary to insure the health or safety of a person in imminent peril.