Workers' Compensation: Disaster and Civil Defense Volunteer
A volunteer who is a member of a volunteer organization and provides services in the event of a disaster or a civil defense worker who is injured or killed while performing their services is entitled to workers' compensation.
As used in this part 8, unless the context otherwise requires: (1) "Accredited local organization for civil defense" means a local organization for civil defense that is certified by the office of emergency management as conforming with the "Plan and Program for the Civil Defense of this State" prepared by the governor of Colorado or under the governor's direction. A local organization for civil defense remains accredited only while the certificate of the Colorado state civil defense agency is in effect and is not revoked. (1.5) "Adjusting agent" means the third-party workers' compensation insurer with which the office of emergency management contracts, in accordance with section 24-33.5-809, for the adjustment and disposition of claims and provision of compensation pursuant to this part 8. (2) "Civil defense service" means all activities authorized by and carried on pursuant to the provisions of the "Colorado Disaster Emergency Act", part 7 of this article, including training necessary or proper to engage in such activities. (3) "Civil defense worker" means any natural person who is registered with the office of emergency management or with a local organization for civil defense for the purpose of engaging in civil defense service pursuant to the provisions of this part 8 without pay or other consideration or is a physician, health care provider, public health worker, or emergency medical service provider who is ordered by the governor or a member of the disaster emergency forces of this state to provide specific medical or public health services during and related to an emergency epidemic and who complies with such an order without pay or other consideration. (4) "Disaster" has the meaning set forth in section 24-33.5-703. (5) "Emergency volunteer service" means all activities authorized and carried out by a volunteer who is a member of a qualified volunteer organization as directed by a county sheriff, local government, local emergency planning committee, or state agency in the event of disaster. (6) "Injury" means and includes all accidental injuries and all occupational diseases recognized and compensated by the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado", articles 40 to 47 of title 8, C.R.S., as well as any illness that is caused by an emergency epidemic declared to be a disaster emergency. (7) "Local emergency planning committee" means a committee that meets the criteria specified in section 24-33.5-1504. (8) "Local organization for civil defense" means a public agency which is empowered to register and direct the activities of civil defense workers within the area of the county or city or any part thereof and is thus, because of such registration and direction, acting as an instrumentality of the state in aid of the carrying out of the general governmental functions and policy of the state and includes a local organization for civil defense established by ordinance. (9) "Qualified volunteer" means a volunteer who meets the criteria specified in section 24-33.5-824 (1). (10) "Volunteer" means a volunteer who is a member of a volunteer organization and provides volunteer services through the organization in the event of a disaster. (11) "Volunteer organization" means an organization that provides emergency services on a state or local level pursuant to this part 22.