All moneys received by the Oregon Department of Aviation for the registration of pilot licenses as prescribed in ORS 837.020 shall be paid by the department to the State Treasurer, who shall deposit it in the General Fund to a special account to be known as the Aviation Search and Rescue Account. The money in the account established under this section shall be used by the Office of Emergency Management only for the following purposes or as otherwise provided by law:
(1) Such amount as may be necessary shall be used for the payment of all expenses incurred by the Office of Emergency Management in conducting activities authorized under ORS 401.555 to search for lost planes and lost persons, the rescue of lost persons, pilot survival education and training and all other expenses directly attributable to the search and rescue program and for the payment of expenses of the Oregon Department of Aviation relating to the registration of pilot licenses. The Oregon Department of Administrative Services, after approval of claims for the expenses referred to in this subsection, shall draw warrants on the State Treasurer for the payment thereof, payable out of the Aviation Search and Rescue Account.
(2) The Office of Emergency Management may use moneys from the Aviation Search and Rescue Account to provide insurance to compensate any member of a volunteer air search and rescue organization for injuries or loss of life sustained in the scope of performing air search and rescue operations while under the direction of the office. The insurance may be obtained from a public or private insurer. The scope, coverage and benefits provided under the insurance shall not exceed those provided for persons under ORS chapter 656. If the insurance is provided, the coverage provided by the insurance:
(a) Shall include all volunteer members accepted by the Office of Emergency Management.
(b) Regardless of negligence, is the exclusive remedy of a member of the Office of Emergency Management air search and rescue organization against the State of Oregon, the office or any other person acting under the authority or direction of the office for those injuries or losses resulting from the air search and rescue activities. [Formerly 493.070; 1993 c.741 §94; 1997 c.263 §3; 1999 c.935 §38; 2007 c.740 §41]Section: Previous 837.005 837.010 837.015 837.020 837.025 837.030 837.035 837.040 837.045 837.050 837.055 837.060 837.065 837.070 837.075 Next
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