Persons rendering emergency assistance exempt from civil liability.(a) Any person licensed as a physician and surgeon under the laws of the state of Wyoming, or any other person, who in good faith renders emergency care or assistance without compensation at the place of an emergency or accident, is not liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions in good faith.
(b) Persons or organizations operating volunteer ambulances or rescue vehicles supported by public or private funds, staffed by unpaid volunteers, and which make no charge, or charge an incidental service or user fee, for services rendered during medical emergencies, and the unpaid volunteers who staff ambulances and rescue vehicles are not liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions in good faith in furnishing emergency medical services. This immunity does not apply to acts or omissions constituting gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.
For purposes of this section, “unpaid volunteers” means persons who either receive incidental remuneration on a per call basis or receive no more than one thousand dollars ($ 1,000.00) annually for volunteer ambulance and rescue activities. The immunity provided by this subsection shall extend to a physician while serving in his capacity as medical director of any ambulance service, to hospitals and hospital employees for activities directly related to providing clinical training as part of an emergency medical service class approved by the department of health, and to students while participating in emergency medical services training approved by the department of health. If an unpaid volunteer’s, medical director’s, hospital’s or trainee’s acts or omissions are subject to the provisions of the Wyoming Governmental Claims Act, immunity under this section is waived to the extent of the maximum liability provided under W.S. 1-39-118.
In order to ensure public health and safety, any person who acquires an AED shall ensure that:
- Expected defibrillator users receive appropriate training in CPR and in the use of an AED by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross or by another nationally recognized, or Wyoming department of health recognized, course in CPR and AED use and maintains currency through refresher training every two 2 years;
- The AED is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer’s guidelines;
- There is involvement of a licensed physician to ensure compliance with requirements for training, emergency medical services notification and maintenance.
Any person who acquires an AED shall notify an agent of the emergency communications center and the local ambulance service of the existence, location and type of AED.
Any person trained in accordance with W.S. 35-25-102(a) who in good faith and without compensation renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an AED shall be immune from civil liability for any personal injury as a result of such care or treatment, where the person’s actions do not amount to willful or wanton misconduct or gross negligence.
The prescribing physician who authorizes the purchase of the AED, the individual who provides training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an AED, and the person responsible for the site where the AED is located shall also be immune from civil liability for any personal injury that results from any act or omission of acts that do not amount to willful or wanton misconduct or gross negligence if that person complies with the requirements of W.S. 35-25-102.