Workers’ Benefits: Search and Rescue
A public employee who, at the request of a law enforcement agency, the Department of Transportation, the United States Forest Service, or any civil defense organization, participates in a search or rescue operation for up to 5 days is entitled to their regular wages while volunteering. The employer can grant a request for an extension of time spent volunteering.
Public employee’s wages as affected by absence to engage in search or rescue operation
A public employee who takes part without pay in a search or rescue operation at the request of any law enforcement agency, the Department of Transportation, the United States Forest Service or any local organization for civil defense, shall not forfeit wages while engaged in an operation for a period of not more than five days for each operation. If an operation continues for more than five days, the employing agency may allow the employee to continue to take part in the operation and to receive wages for as long as the employing agency considers proper.