2015 ORS § 404.210¹
Coverage under Oregon Tort Claims Act

A qualified search and rescue volunteer is an agent of a county under ORS 30.260 (Definitions for ORS 30.260 to 30.300) to 30.300 (ORS 30.260 to 30.300 exclusive) for the purpose of acts and omissions of the volunteer that are within the course and scope of the volunteers duties and that occur while the volunteer is performing search and rescue activities under the direction of the sheriff of the county or the designee of the sheriff, and the county shall defend, save harmless and indemnify the volunteer for any tort claim arising out of an alleged act or omission occurring in the performance of those activities as required by ORS 30.285 (Public body shall indemnify public officers). [2009 c.718 §13]