Statewide mutual aid requests among certain public agencies.
ENTITLED, An Act to
provide for statewide mutual aid requests among certain public agencies.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Terms used in this Act mean:
(1) "Assistance," the provision of personnel, equipment, expertise, supplies, or other
products or services excluding financial assistance from the state;
(2) "Covered entity," any other private or nonprofit entity that provides emergency
functions as included in subdivision 33-15-1(4);
(3) "Deploying public agency," the public agency receiving a request for assistance or
(4) "Public agency," the state and any agency thereof; the United States and any agency
thereof; any county, municipality, township, or other political subdivision of the state;
any state tribal government.
In addition to the provisions of chapter 1-24 and chapter 33-15, any public agency
or covered entity may request assistance from any other public agency or covered entity in order
to preserve and protect the public health, safety, and welfare. The requesting public agency and the
deploying public agency shall utilize the Incident Command System of the National Incident
Any public agency or covered entity requesting assistance under this Act may do so
through an oral or written request to a representative of the deploying public agency or covered
entity to which the request is directed who is authorized to control the items of assistance being
Any deploying public agency or covered entity receiving a request for assistance
under this Act may provide the requested assistance.
Any deploying public agency or covered entity that provides assistance pursuant to
a request under this Act may withdraw that assistance at any time.
All personnel deployed by the deploying public agency or covered entity retain all
authority of the deploying public agency or covered entity and are entitled to act with all authority
available to similarly situated personnel of the public agency or covered entity receiving assistance.
Any deploying public agency or covered entity involved in the incident may request
reimbursement for its actual expenses. If reimbursement is requested, the deploying public
agencies or covered entities involved shall agree upon the actual, reasonable expenses involved.
Any deploying public agency or covered entity providing assistance in response to
a request under this Act shall maintain ownership of and liability for all assistance provided,
(1) Worker's compensation coverage for personnel employed, authorized, or designated to
act by or on behalf of the deploying public agency or covered entity;
(2) Insurance coverage for employees, agents, or volunteers of the deploying public agency
or covered entity;
(3) Property; and
(4) Personnel benefits.
No person or public agency or covered entity may be held civilly liable for actions
in requesting or providing assistance under this Act except for acts of willful misconduct or gross
negligence. Nothing in this Act constitutes a waiver or abrogation of sovereign immunity or any
Nothing in this Act limits or supercedes the provisions of chapter 1-24 and chapter
33-15. The provisions of this Act may be used contemporaneously with any agreement under
chapters 1-24 or 33-15.
Signed February 16, 2006