An Act To Protect Volunteer Search and Rescuers Certified by the Maine Association for Search and Rescue from Adverse Employment Actions
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA c. 7, sub-c. 4-D is enacted to read:
VOLUNTEER SEARCH AND RESCUER; ABSENCE FROM WORK
§ 810. Absence for emergency response
(1) Specifies the circumstances under which volunteer search and rescuers will be ordered to remain at a search and rescue operation; and
(2) Affirms that volunteer search and rescuers will be released as soon as practicable; and
This bill provides the same protections to volunteer search and rescuers for absences from work in responding to search and rescue operations requested by a law enforcement agency as volunteer firefighters receive for absences from work in responding to emergencies. Under this bill, a volunteer search and rescuer is a person who has been certified in search and rescue practices and procedures by a nonprofit search and rescue training organization recognized by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Bureau of Warden Service.