Liabiilty for Outside Operations

Issue 1 and Volume 99.

Liabiilty for Outside Operations Mecklenburg County, N. C., Commissioners and the legal department of the City of Charlotte, N. C., are wrestling with the problems concerning the liability of members of volunteer fire companies in the areas outside and adjacent to the City of Charlotte. Citizens of Barryhill community appeared before the Commissioners on November 20, explaining that the residents of that community already have made arrangements to organize a volunteer department and have bought hose and other equipment for its use. The members, it was explained, lack official standing and if someone should be injured because of their fire-fighting activities, they likely would be personally liable for damages under the present law. The law, passed by the legislature to allow counties to provide fire protection for residents outside of city limits, gives the County Commissioners the right to make a part of the official county government community fire departments,…

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