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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

ORC Ann. 5502.41(3)(a)

Summary Title

Liability: Intrastate Aid Agreements

Summary

An emergency response individual who, in good faith, responds to an intrastate mutual aid request will not be held legally responsible for injury, death, or damage to property. A law enforcement or fire department employee who responds to an intrastate mutual aid request will not be held legally responsible while operating a motor vehicle. An emergency medical services employee who responds to an intrastate mutual aid request and who, possessing a valid commercial driver's licence, proceeds cautiously at red lights and stop signs will not be held legally responsible. These individuals can be held legally responsible for actions committed when traveling to or from the scene or if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Full Title

Intrastate Mutual Aid Compact

Full Text

(3)(a) A responding participating political subdivision and the personnel of that political subdivision, while rendering assistance or aid under this section, or while in route to or from rendering assistance or aid under this section, in another participating political subdivision, shall be deemed to be exercising governmental functions as defined in section 2744.01 of the Revised Code, shall have the defenses to and immunities from civil liability provided in sections 2744.02 and 2744.03 of the Revised Code, and shall be entitled to all applicable limitations on recoverable damages under section 2744.05 of the Revised Code. (b) A participating political subdivision requesting assistance or aid and the personnel of that political subdivision, while requesting or receiving assistance or aid under this section from any other participating political subdivision, shall be deemed to be exercising governmental functions as defined in section 2744.01 of the Revised Code, shall have the defenses to and immunities from civil liability provided in sections 2744.02 and 2744.03 of the Revised Code, and shall be entitled to all applicable limitations on recoverable damages under section 2744.05 of the Revised Code.