{"Volunteer":"An officer, director, trustee or other person who performs services for a nonprofit organization but does not receive compensation or a volunteer firefighter who performs services for a volunteer fire department"}
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Law Number

Wyo. Stat. 1-1-125

Summary Title

Liability: Volunteer

Summary

A volunteer who provides services within the scope of the volunteer’s duties and responsibilities, either on behalf of a nonprofit organization or for a volunteer fire department, will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness, intent to cause harm, or careless operation of a motor vehicle.

Full Title

Immunity for volunteers; volunteer firefighters.

Full Text

(a) As used in this section: (i) “Compensation” does not include actual and necessary expenses that are incurred by a volunteer in connection with the services that the volunteer performs for a nonprofit organization and that are reimbursed to the volunteer or otherwise paid nor does it include any incidental personal privileges received by volunteers for their services; (ii) “Nonprofit organization” means those nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax pursuant to section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; (iii) “Volunteer” means an officer, director, trustee or other person who performs services for a nonprofit organization but does not receive compensation, either directly or indirectly, for those services, or a volunteer firefighter who performs services for a volunteer fire department under W.S. 35-9-601(h) whether or not he receives compensation or a pension. (b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, a volunteer who provides services or performs duties on behalf of a nonprofit organization or a volunteer fire department is personally immune from civil liability for any act or omission resulting in damage or injury if at the time of the act or omission: (i) The person was acting within the scope of his duties as a volunteer for the nonprofit organization or volunteer fire department; and (ii) The act or omission did not constitute willful or wanton misconduct or gross negligence. (c) This section does not grant immunity to any person causing damage as a result of the negligent operation of a motor vehicle. (d) In any suit against a nonprofit organization or a volunteer fire department for civil damages based upon the negligent act or omission of a volunteer, proof of the act or omission shall be sufficient to establish the responsibility of the organization or department under the doctrine of respondeat superior, notwithstanding the immunity granted to the volunteer with respect to any act or omission included under subsection (b) of this section.