Chapter 266-1 RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS
The Georgia Emergency Management Act of 1981 (Ga. Laws 1981, pp.389, 390), as amended, to which these regulations pertain are:
|(a)||Section 27(a) Except as otherwise provided by subsection (b) hereof; all non-governmental rescue organizations, associations, groups, teams, or individuals, whether or not they are holders of a charter issued by the State of Georgia or officers thereof; shall be prohibited from performing any rescue or emergency management type activity until such organization, association, group, team or individual has been licensed by the State Director of Emergency Management to perform said activities. It is expressly declared to be the intent of this Chapter to in no way amend, repeal, alter or affect in any manner the provisions of an Act relieving any person who renders emergency care at the scene of an emergency from civil liability when such care or services are rendered without charge and in good faith, approved March 3, 1962 (Ga. Laws 1962, p. 534).|
|(b)||Any marine rescue squadron sponsored by and operating under the direction and control of the sheriff of the superior court of the county of residence of said squadron and chartered as a Marine Rescue Squadron of America which was so chartered on January 1, 1960, or prior to that date, and which performs only water or boat safety rescue missions within the State of Georgia, shall be deemed to be a governmental rescue organization within the meaning of subsection (a) hereof and need not be licensed by the State Director of Emergency Management as provided by said subsection.|
To implement the Act; to provide for licensing of rescue organizations; to standardize policies, responsibilities and procedures relative to the performance of rescue organizations throughout the state; to provide adequate and uniform training procedures for all local rescue organizations; to ensure provisions and use of necessary and proper equipment on rescue vehicles; to minimize injury, loss of life and property.
Unless a different meaning is required by the context, the following terms used in these regulations have the meaning here in after respectively ascribed to them:
|(a)||"Rescue Organizations" - Any organization, association, group, team or individual licensed by the State Director to perform rescue operations or participate in rescue missions.|
|(b)||"Rescue Specialist" - Any individual who has completed all the required training prescribed herein, and who holds a current Rescue Specialist Identification Card.|
|(c)||"Primary Rescue Vehicle" - A vehicle that is specially constructed and equipped, meeting all requirements specified herein, and is used or intended to be used for emergency or disaster rescue operations by a licensed rescue organization.|
|(d)||"State Office" - The Georgia Emergency Management Agency.|
|(e)||"State Director" - The State Emergency Management Director, Georgia Emergency Management Agency.|
|(f)||"Approved" - Acceptable to the State Office.|
|(g)||"Local Emergency Management Director" - A person nominated by the Chief Executive Officer or governing body of a political subdivision, approved by the State Director and appointed by the Governor, to carry out the overall responsibilities of the local Emergency Management Program.|
|(h)||"Local Rescue Program Manager" - A person designated by the Chief Executive Officer or governing body of a political subdivision, without an Emergency Management organization, to carry out the overall responsibilities of the Rescue Program.|
|(i)||"Rescue Instructor" - A person approved by the State Director to teach Rescue Specialist, Hazardous Materials, and Auto Extrication training courses to rescue and other emergency services personnel.|
|(j)||"License Officer" - The State Director or his designee.|
|(k)||"Specialized Training" - Completion of Hazardous Materials or Auto Extrication courses, by a certified Rescue Specialist.|
|(l)||"Emergency" - A sudden, generally unexpected occurrence, or set of circumstances demanding immediate action.|
|(m)||"Disaster" - Any happening that causes great harm or damage.|
|(n)||"License" - Written authorization granted by the State Office to operate a rescue organization which signifies satisfactory compliance with Georgia Emergency Management Act of 1981, as amended, and the rules and regulations contained herein.|
|(o)||"OSHA" - Designates Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1970.|
No individual, team, group, association or organization shall operate a rescue organization in the state unless the following conditions have been met:
|(a)||They shall operate under the direction and control of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, a local Emergency Management organization, or a duly appointed official in the absence of an Emergency Management organization.|
|(b)||A valid license has been issued by the License Officer pursuant to provisions of these regulations.|
The authority to establish a rescue organization in a local jurisdiction lies with the local government.
|(a)||Local officials of jurisdictions with an Emergency Management organization may assign this function to any full-time paid, or volunteer, emergency service department, provided the department of primary responsibility and supporting departments or agencies and their roles are reflected in the rescue annex to the local Emergency and Disaster Operations Plan. The Emergency Management Director/Coordinator is the point of contact for establishing and administering the Rescue program.|
|(b)||Local government officials must submit a letter of intent, or a request, to the Director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to establish a rescue organization in a jurisdiction without an Emergency Management organization. The letter must identify the emergency service department having primary responsibility for the operational aspects of the program, supporting departments and agencies and their roles, and a local Rescue Program Manager as a point of contact with responsibility for handling the administrative details of the program.|
|(1)|| An application
for license shall be made to the License Officer.
|(2)|| The application shall be made upon forms
prescribed by the License Officer and shall contain, as a minimum, but not
limited to, the following:
|(1)||The License Officer shall, upon receipt of an application for license as provided herein, cause such investigation and inspection as he deems necessary to be made to determine compliance with the provisions of these regulations.|
|(2)||The License Officer shall issue a license for a period of three (3) years when he finds that all requirements of the regulations have been met.|
|(1)||Renewal of any license shall require conformance with all the same requirements of these regulations as upon original licensing.|
|(2)||To renew a license, an organization must submit an application as for getting an initial license (Rule 266-1-.06) at least thirty days, but not more than forty-five days, before the expiration of the present license. This will not preclude the State Office from renewing an organization's license at any time prior to its expiration date.|
Any license issued here under may be suspended or revoked for failure of a licensee to comply and maintain compliance with the applicable provisions of these regulations. Revocation or suspension proceedings shall be in accordance with the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act.
|(3)|| Training: Rescue Specialists
are certified for a period of three (3) years. The following minimum training
requirements must be completed by all rescue personnel before assignment to a
|(4)|| In-service training required
for Rescue Specialists:
|(1)||Meet all standards for a Rescue Specialist as outlined in these rules and regulations.|
|(2)||Complete the U.S. Department of Transportation "Awareness for Initial Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents" Course (8 hours), taught by instructor(s) approved by the State Director.|
|(3)||Recertification is not required for the Hazardous Materials Course; however, refresher training (8 hours), will be provided at least every three years at the request of the local Emergency Management Director or the local Rescue Program Manager.|
|(1)||Meet all standards for Rescue Specialist as outlined in these rules and regulations.|
|(2)||Complete the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) "Crash Victim Extrication" Course (16 hours), taught by instructor(s) approved by the State Director.|
|(3)||Recertification is not required for the Crash Victim Extrication Course; however, refresher training (16 hours) should be provided at least every three years at the request of the local Emergency Management Director, or the local Rescue Program Manager.|
|(1)||Instructors must be certified by the agency delivering the training, and approved by the State Director.|
|(2)||Possess a current First Aid or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Card, or equivalent.|
|(3)|| Instructors are
certified by the agency delivering the training in one or all of the following
|(4)||Rescue Instructors must teach the course(s) for which they are certified at least twice within a one-year period to maintain certification.|
|(5)|| Revocation: Rescue Instructor
certification shall be revoked for failure to comply with any of the
aforementioned standards or for the following reasons:
|(6)||Appeal of Revocation: Upon notification of revocation, a Rescue Instructor may appeal, in writing, within thirty days to the certifying agency and State Director.|
Special Skills in rescue operations are acquired through experience and specialized training. Special Skills qualification is achieved by successful completion of one or more recognized courses of instruction offered either in the private or public sector, such as scuba diving or cave rescue, and must be approved by the State Director. No special courses or instruction are required or suggested, but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
|(1)|| The specifications outlined herein are
the minimum acceptable vehicle standards required to obtain a rescue license in
the State of Georgia.
|(2)||Communications: Each primary rescue vehicle is required to have the capability of transmitting and receiving radio traffic over the Statewide Emergency Management Network (45.56 Mhz). Jurisdictions which have no base station must either establish a base station, or obtain a written agreement with the CD/EM Director in another jurisdiction to provide a radio base station to act as local network control (45.56 Mhz) for their rescue vehicles. A second radio or frequency may be installed to accommodate local government needs. All rescue organizations are required to use state assigned call numbers only.|
|(3)|| Minimum Required Equipment. Rescue
vehicles shall be equipped with the following minimum equipment items to
qualify for a license or license renewal in the State of Georgia:
|(4)||Equipment other than that indicated in Groups A through K above may be added for a specific environment or location as deemed necessary. It may also be desirable to add extension cords, twist-lock connectors, spare bulbs, etc. for backup.|
|(5)||It is recommended that equipment, insofar as practical, be stored on the vehicle according to the groupings indicated.|
Scuba divers, mountain climbers, cavers, aviation and other groups, teams, associations, auxiliaries, etc., must work only under the direction and control of the State Office, a local Emergency Management Director/Coordinator, or the local Rescue Program Manager in jurisdictions without Emergency Management organizations.
|(1)||Requests for license shall be addressed to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Attention: License Officer, GPSTC, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, Georgia 31029.|
|(2)||These rules and regulations are subject to revision as required.|
The State Director of Emergency Management or any person, corporation, firm or association, in addition to remedies set forth herein, may obtain from a court of competent jurisdiction, an injunction to restrain violation of the provisions of this Act. The grant of an injunction is authorized notwithstanding the availability of adequate remedies at law.
Any person violating any provisions of this Act or rules and regulations promulgated pursuant here to shall upon conviction there of be punished as for a misdemeanor.