Current Status Bill Number:
3339Ratification Number: 276Act Number: 256Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19950119Primary Sponsor: KoonAll Sponsors: KoonDrafted Document Number: DKA\3568CM.95Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19960301Date of Last Amendment: 19960111Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19960401Subject: Emergency scene
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19960410 Act No. A256 ------ 19960401 Signed by Governor ------ 19960326 Ratified R276 Senate 19960301 Read third time, enrolled for ratification Senate 19960229 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 19960301 Senate 19960227 Committee report: Favorable 15 ST Senate 19960116 Introduced, read first time, 15 ST referred to Committee House 19960112 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19960111 Unanimous consent for third reading on the next Legislative day House 19960111 Amended, read second time House 19960110 Committee report: Favorable with 25 HJ amendment House 19950119 Introduced, read first time, 25 HJ referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A256, R276, H3339)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-1538 SO AS TO PROVIDE A DEFINITION OF AN EMERGENCY SCENE, TO DEFINE WHO HAS AUTHORITY TO CONTROL AN EMERGENCY SCENE, AND TO DEFINE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF MOTOR VEHICLES PASSING THROUGH AND PEDESTRIANS OBSERVING AN EMERGENCY SCENE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Emergency scene management
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 56-5-1538. (A) An emergency scene is a location designated by the potential need to provide emergency medical care and is identified by emergency vehicles with flashing red lights, rescue equipment, or emergency personnel on the scene.
(B) An emergency scene is a special hazard.
(C) An emergency scene is under the authority of the first arriving emergency personnel, which includes emergency medical services personnel, until the arrival of the fire or law enforcement officials having jurisdiction. All motor vehicles passing through an emergency scene and pedestrians observing an emergency scene must obey and not interfere with the duties of emergency personnel. Motor vehicles and bystanders may not block access to or exit from an emergency scene.
(D) The management authority of emergency medical services is limited to managing patient care and preventing further injury to the patients and on-scene personnel. This authority may be delegated by emergency personnel to provide an adequate level of safety.
(E) A paid or volunteer worker at an emergency scene has proper authority to be at and control the scene in a manner consistent with his training."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 1st day of April, 1996.