the last discussion on my service was based off a news article from a few years ago and a number of things have changed since then and this article answers a few questions raised and adds some new info. I am also here to answer any questions anyone may have about how the service operates now.
http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ ... terborough
...if volunteers come across a crash, they still stop to people calm and apply first aid, if needed, until emergency crews arrive.
1. The news article quotes your team as having "Canadian Red Cross Level C first aid and CPR training"
-What level is the volunteer teams' first aid training? (IE: standard, emergency, etc. - "level C" refers to CPR only)
-Do you believe your current level of first aid training is sufficient to be safely rendering first aid to automobile accident victims?
-What is the 1st and most important thing your volunteers should be saying to automobile accident victims upon arrival on site?
2. Does your volunteer team have liability insurance?
-We have some of our more dedicated personnel involved with training working towards their EFR certification.
-We really don't render aid at accident scenes, we provide scene protection and assessment unless it is very minor where emergency services are not required (minor cuts and scraps) we can wash and bandage people, we also advise everyone at MVA's to seek medical attention from their family practitioner or the hospital.
-the first thing volunteers or required to do at MVA's as per our protocols is introduce themselves "Hi I'm Mike, I'm with Samaritan First Response & Rescue Service can I help you"
-Unfortunately the cost of registering a non-profit and getting charity staus to issue tax receipts and a lack of funding due to this reason we are unable to provide insurance for our personnel, however unless gross negligence is determined I assume full responsibility for all operations by the service, excluding events where we are put under the insurance of the event to provide f/a services.
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Floydie wrote:...really? this again....?
It seems to pop up every so often. It appears as though Mike Edgerton is seeking approval from members on this forum again.
I understand you said you take responsibility but honestly, you don't even have enough money to register a non-profit and insure yourself. How are you going to settle any lawsuit arising from the actions of you or your staff?
I also think you would have an uphill battle citing the good Samaritan act as a full release from litigation. You are actively promoting your service and group, irregardless of them being "volunteer". You aren't simply a passer-by who is required to render aid during an emergency or accident that you just happened to witness. You are being retained by events to provide a service and I assume will be responding to various "calls" during these events. What happens if a volunteer hurts themselves while working for you? Do you provide them WSIB coverage? I assume not.
You're playing with fire.
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