Search & Rescue Volunteers
Gain Workers' Comp Coverage
Senate Passes Meyer's HB 320:
Affords Same Benefit as Other Volunteer Classifications
April 12, 2008
(SitNews) The Alaska State Senate has unanimously passed
House Bill (HB) 320, a measure that will protect volunteer search
and rescue personnel. The bill, sponsored by House Finance Committee
Co-Chair Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, treats search and rescue volunteers
assisting the Alaska State Troopers in a mission as state employees
for the purpose of providing workers' compensation. While the
State of Alaska provides workers' compensation to many different
types of volunteers, the brave men and women assisting the Troopers
in search and rescue missions have not been covered.
"Alaskans and visitors alike enjoy the different experiences
our vast back-country has to offer, but unfortunately, that same
explorers' paradise can be an unforgiving and dangerous place,"
said Rep. Meyer. "In just the past two months we have seen
tragedy in Turnagain Pass and the rescue of two teenagers in
Ketchikan. Within the past 6 years, volunteers and the Troopers
have returned more than 2,300 Alaskans to their friends and families.
The least we can do as a state is ensure that if they are hurt
while serving us on a rescue mission, the state will provide
the same coverage we would a volunteer firefighter or ambulance
The bill also has language allowing municipalities to provide
coverage to their volunteers, but does not mandate that coverage.
HB 320 will be transmitted to the Governor for her signature.
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