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Committee Substitute House Bill 3105 History

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE

for

H. B. 3105

(By Delegates Lawrence, Smith, Ellem, Ferro, Pino, M. Poling and D. Campbell)

 

(Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)

[February 23, 2011]

 

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §55-7-26, relating to immunity from civil and criminal liability for first responders who use forced entry in response to a 911 call.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §55-7-26, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 7. ACTIONS FOR INJURIES.

§55-7-26. First responders who use forced entry in response to 911 call; limited immunity from civil and criminal liability.

    (a) “first responder” includes: law-enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel and others that respond to calls for emergency medical assistance.

    (b) a first responder is not liable for any civil damages or criminal liability resulting from a forcible entry of a home, business or other structure if the first responder:

    (1) is responding to a documented 911 call for emergency medical assistance;

    (2) has made reasonable efforts to summon an occupant of the home, business, or structure by knocking or otherwise notifying the occupant(s) of his or her presence;

    (3) has not received a response from an occupant within a reasonable period of time, and;

    (4) has a good faith belief that it is necessary to make a forcible entry for the purposes of rendering emergency medical assistance or preventing imminent bodily harm.

    (c) Nothing in this section shall affect the standard of care a first responder must employ when rendering aid after gaining entry.

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