FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County and Johns Creek fire departments entered into a mutual aid agreement for fire and emergency medical services.
The intergovernmental agreement says a firefighter that is injured while in another jurisdiction is under the municipality's jurisdiction in which the firefighter is employed.
This means that if a firefighter from Johns Creek is injured while attending to a fire in Forsyth County, the Johns Creek Fire Department would be responsible for insurance claims for injuries, said Forsyth County Fire Chief Danny Bowman.
Likewise, Forsyth firefighters injured in Johns Creek would be the responsibility of Forsyth.
"There shall be no liability imposed on any party or its personnel for failure to respond to requests for aid. Every employee shall be deemed to be the employee and agent of his/her regular employer, and under no circumstance shall any employee be deemed to be an employee or agent of any entity other than his/her regular employer," the document states.
Bowman said that injuries to firefighters do occur.
A Forsyth County Fire Department firefighter was injured Oct. 7 during an apartment fire at 225 Nancy Lane in Cumming, which killed a 78-year-old wheelchair-bound man, identified as Allen Dean Boyd. Boyd was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
The Forsyth County firefighter was treated and released for smoke inhalation at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. The fire in Cumming was deemed accidental.