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Law Number

Idaho Code 5-342

Summary Title

Liability: Search and Rescue Volunteer


A volunteer member of a search and rescue team who, in good faith, provides their services will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness.

Full Title

Immunity for search and rescue operations

Full Text

No person serving as a volunteer member of a search and rescue operation constituted pursuant to section 31-2229, Idaho Code, may have their actions or omissions occurring during the search and rescue operation found to be the proximate cause of injuries to a person subject of a search or rescue, unless the volunteer's actions or omissions are not done in good faith or are grossly negligent. This limitation of liability applies notwithstanding the fact that an organization may recover costs incurred incident to the search and rescue operation or rendering of emergency care.