Duty to Act; do you have it? Should your service have a policy on the topic? This post on the USFA Blog got me thinking about several issues. How many of us would even think twice about stopping to render assistance to someone in need? Chances are that we all would...
What are your organizational policies, if any, on the topic. The liability and insurance coverage is another matter. Would you be covered...malpractice...injury...the list goes on.
The first part of duty to act should be to protect yourself at all times. Your first duty is to yourself and your family. We often consider the use of PPE for various activities...but how often do you consider protection from legal issues?
Great blog posting - check it out here: http://blog.usfa.dhs.gov/2009/01/duty-to-act.html