As the chief of University City Fire Rescue, you have a council meeting tomorrow night. This morning, a fatal traffic accident occurred involving one of your paramedics responding to an emergency.
Click here for a copy of the news release about the incident and the subsequent charges against the paramedic. As the media is moving on this, you are preparing a memorandum advising the city council of the potential legal actions that may come against the paramedic and the department.
Your memorandum should highlight and cover all concerns involving the civil liability that can be directed toward your agency. Identify the differences between the criminal charges that have been filed and the possible civil liabilities.
Describe potential civil liabilities and possible actions against the agency. The city manager has requested that you cite previous cases to assist the council in understanding the potential outcomes of this incident. Also, discuss plans that will be put in place to avoid future incidents and liability.