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Profession

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Rights, Privileges, and Obligations of Out-of-State Firefighter Providing Aid

Firefighter,

When firefighters from other states provide aid in Vermont following a request for assistance, the firefighters enjoy the same workers’ compensation benefits, protections from being legally responsible, and licensure privileges and obligations as the firefighters would otherwise have in their home state as long as the firefighter laws in the firefighters’ home state are similar to Vermont’s laws.,

20 V.S.A. 2965

Liability: Use of AED

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A heath care provider who is not acting in the their professional capacity and owns an AED, trains others in the operation of an AED, or uses an AED, in good faith, will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.,

18 V.S.A. 907(d)

Liability: Volunteer Fire Department Official

Other Volunteer, Firefighter,

An official for a volunteer fire department who extinguishes a fire will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. A member of a volunteer fire department who acts under the discretion of a supervisor will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act.,

20 V.S.A 2922

Liability: Food Donation

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual who, in good faith, donates canned or perishable food to a person or a nonprofit organization will not be held legally responsible for the condition of the food as long as the individual checked the condition of the food before donating it and was not aware or had no reason to be aware of the food’s poor condition.,

12 V.S.A. 5762

Powers, Duties, Rights, Privileges, and Immunities: Firefighters Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Other Volunteer, Firefighter,

When Vermont firefighters are providing aid in a different municipality inside Vermont, the firefighters enjoy the same powers, duties, rights, privileges, and immunities as the firefighters would otherwise have in their home town.,

20 V.S.A. 2964

Good Samaritan Law: Care for Animal

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect or at the scene of an accident, an individual who, without compensation, provides care to an animal during will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.,

26 V.S.A. 2405

Good Samaritan Law

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual who recognizes that another person's life is in grave danger must provide reasonable assistance or care to that person as long as such assistance or care does not create further risk of harm. They will not be held legally responsible for providing reasonable assistance or care without compensation. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or if refusing to provide reasonable assistance or care. They can be fined up to $100 for refusing to provide reasonable assistance or care. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.,

12 V.S.A. 519

Temporary Emergency License: Elevator and Lift Technician

Other Volunteer,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, an out-of-state certified or licensed elevator mechanic, lift mechanic, or elevator inspector can provide lift-related assistance in Vermont immediately and without a license where local resources are overwhelmed. They must seek a temporary emergency license from the Elevator Safety Review Board within 5 days of beginning work. The Elevator Safety Review Board can give the temporary emergency license holder the same rights and privileges as a typical elevator license holder.,

CVR 28-070-005 (Section 3.9)

Liability: Administering Opioid Antagonist

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual can administer an opioid antagonist if the individual believes, in good faith, a person is experiencing an opioid overdose. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.,

18 V.S.A. 4240(d)

Liability: Veterinarian

Veterinarian,

A Vermont-licensed veterinarian who, in good faith, reports a suspected case of animal cruelty, provides medical attention to an animal brought to the veterinarian for evaluation, or inspects a premises under a quarantine order will not be held legally responsible.,

26 V.S.A. 2404

Liability: Volunteer Assisting at Nonprofit Clinic

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A nonprofit volunteer who gives rabies shots to animals will not be held legally responsible for injury to the animals or injuries to people caused by the animals.,

20 V.S.A. 3812

Liability: Providing Shelter

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual who owns property allows others to use the property for shelter or to provide health-related services during a practice or actual emergency will not be held legally responsible for injury, death, or damage resulting from such use of the property.,

20 V.S.A. 29

Liability: Service to Nonprofit Organization

Other Volunteer,

A director, officer, or trustee of a nonprofit organization will not be held legally responsible for official actions taken by that individual or for situations where an employee, director, officer, or trustee acted or failed to act.,

12 V.S.A. 5781

Liability: Volunteer Ambulance Personnel

Emergency Medical Services Professional,

A member of an ambulance service who, voluntarily, provides emergency medical treatment will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.,

24 V.S.A. 2687

Liability: Involvement in Emergency Management Activity

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual involved in emergency management activities (including providing training or equipment) will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.,

20 V.S.A. 20

Liability: Pharmacist Use of Opioid Antagonist

Pharmacist,

A pharmacist who educates others about opioid overdose or purchased, acquires, or distributes an opioid antagonist will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.,

18 V.S.A. 4240(e)

Liability: Saving Animal in Car

Other Volunteer, Firefighter, Veterinarian,

A humane officer or a member of a fire and rescue service who uses reasonable force to remove an animal from a motor vehicle when it is in danger will not be held legally responsible for any damage.,

13 V.S.A. 386

Liability: Providing Aid During Hazardous Materials Accident

Other Volunteer,

An individual who is qualified to deal with hazardous materials and who, without compensation, provides on-site emergency assistance or advice during a discharge, or imminent discharge, of hazardous materials will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if the individual caused the discharge, provided assistance or advice not in the immediate vicinity of the discharge, or acted with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.,

12 V.S.A. 5783

License Reciprocity

Title

Profession

Summary

Temporary Emergency License: Elevator and Lift Technician

Other Volunteer,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, an out-of-state certified or licensed elevator mechanic, lift mechanic, or elevator inspector can provide lift-related assistance in Vermont immediately and without a license where local resources are overwhelmed. They must seek a temporary emergency license from the Elevator Safety Review Board within 5 days of beginning work. The Elevator Safety Review Board can give the temporary emergency license holder the same rights and privileges as a typical elevator license holder.,

CVR 28-070-005 (Section 3.9)

License Reciprocity: Certification in Emergency Medicine

Other Volunteer, Emergency Medical Services Professional,

An individual who has a certification in emergency medicine is considered to have a license at that same skill level until the Vermont Department of Health formally issues a license.,

18 V.S.A. 906b

Rights, Privileges, and Obligations of Out-of-State Firefighter Providing Aid

Firefighter,

When firefighters from other states provide aid in Vermont following a request for assistance, the firefighters enjoy the same workers’ compensation benefits, protections from being legally responsible, and licensure privileges and obligations as the firefighters would otherwise have in their home state as long as the firefighter laws in the firefighters’ home state are similar to Vermont’s laws.,

20 V.S.A. 2965

Powers, Duties, Rights, Privileges, and Immunities: Firefighters Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Other Volunteer, Firefighter,

When Vermont firefighters are providing aid in a different municipality inside Vermont, the firefighters enjoy the same powers, duties, rights, privileges, and immunities as the firefighters would otherwise have in their home town.,

20 V.S.A. 2964

Licensure Reciprocity: Providing Care Without License

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

While awaiting the arrival of a physician or surgeon, an individual can provide medical aid, assistance, or relief at the scene of an emergency without a license.,

26 V.S.A. 1753(b)

Scope of Practice

Title

Profession

Summary

Temporary Emergency License: Elevator and Lift Technician

Other Volunteer,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, an out-of-state certified or licensed elevator mechanic, lift mechanic, or elevator inspector can provide lift-related assistance in Vermont immediately and without a license where local resources are overwhelmed. They must seek a temporary emergency license from the Elevator Safety Review Board within 5 days of beginning work. The Elevator Safety Review Board can give the temporary emergency license holder the same rights and privileges as a typical elevator license holder.,

CVR 28-070-005 (Section 3.9)

Health Officer Can Issue Emergency Health Orders

Governmental Public Health Official,

A health officer can issue an emergency health order, after writing out the reasons for its necessity, in order to prevent or react to an imminent and substantial public health threat.,

18 V.S.A. 127

Rights, Privileges, and Obligations of Out-of-State Firefighter Providing Aid

Firefighter,

When firefighters from other states provide aid in Vermont following a request for assistance, the firefighters enjoy the same workers’ compensation benefits, protections from being legally responsible, and licensure privileges and obligations as the firefighters would otherwise have in their home state as long as the firefighter laws in the firefighters’ home state are similar to Vermont’s laws.,

20 V.S.A. 2965

Powers, Duties, Rights, Privileges, and Immunities: Firefighters Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Other Volunteer, Firefighter,

When Vermont firefighters are providing aid in a different municipality inside Vermont, the firefighters enjoy the same powers, duties, rights, privileges, and immunities as the firefighters would otherwise have in their home town.,

20 V.S.A. 2964

Workers' Benefits

Title

Profession

Summary

Temporary Emergency License: Elevator and Lift Technician

Other Volunteer,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, an out-of-state certified or licensed elevator mechanic, lift mechanic, or elevator inspector can provide lift-related assistance in Vermont immediately and without a license where local resources are overwhelmed. They must seek a temporary emergency license from the Elevator Safety Review Board within 5 days of beginning work. The Elevator Safety Review Board can give the temporary emergency license holder the same rights and privileges as a typical elevator license holder.,

CVR 28-070-005 (Section 3.9)

Workers’ Compensation: Out-of-State Injury

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual who is employed in Vermont and suffers injury from an accident while performing the individual’s job functions out-of-state will be entitled to receive Vermont workers’ compensation.,

21 V.S.A. 619

Workers' Benefits: American Red Cross Volunteer Employment Leave

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A state employee who is a certified disaster relief services volunteer with the American Red Cross can participate in paid disaster relief efforts up to 15 days per year if so requested by the American Red Cross as long as the disaster relief efforts will be provided in Vermont following a declared emergency. The individual will not lose seniority, vacation time, sick time, or overtime privileges just by virtue of volunteering within this time frame. The individual will not be eligible for workers’ compensation through the state of Vermont by virtue of volunteering.,

3 V.S.A. 265

Rights, Privileges, and Obligations of Out-of-State Firefighter Providing Aid

Firefighter,

When firefighters from other states provide aid in Vermont following a request for assistance, the firefighters enjoy the same workers’ compensation benefits, protections from being legally responsible, and licensure privileges and obligations as the firefighters would otherwise have in their home state as long as the firefighter laws in the firefighters’ home state are similar to Vermont’s laws.,

20 V.S.A. 2965

Workers’ Compensation: Volunteer

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A volunteer who, without compensation, provides services at the request of a state agency is entitled to workers’ compensation.,

20 V.S.A. 21

Powers, Duties, Rights, Privileges, and Immunities: Firefighters Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Other Volunteer, Firefighter,

When Vermont firefighters are providing aid in a different municipality inside Vermont, the firefighters enjoy the same powers, duties, rights, privileges, and immunities as the firefighters would otherwise have in their home town.,

20 V.S.A. 2964