Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1957 NO. 5 > Jan 18 1957

The state is liable under RCW 38.52.180 for the following: (1) Damages to private housing facilities or property, engaged by duly authorized representatives of the state civil defense agency resulting from the negligence or fault of refugees; (2) Injuries to persons or property caused by negligence of a civil defense worker engaged in civil defense activities; (3) Injuries to volunteers commandeered into service after proclamation by the governor of the existence of a disaster.

AGO 1951 NO. 14 > Apr 13 1951

The County Commissioners, City Commissioners, and council of the constituent counties, cities and towns of a joint local defense organization established pursuant to the Washington Civil Defense Act of 1951, may appropriate money for their respective shares of the cost of the civil defense activities of the local organization, and pay the same into a special pool fund to be administered, and expended on behalf of the local defense organization.

AGO 1953 NO. 36 > May 8 1953

Civil defense funds may not be expended for the purpose of equipping a proposed state guard reserve.

AGO 1957 NO. 37 > Mar 25 1957

In order for a local civil defense worker to qualify for the benefits of the state act it must have been established and organized as a civil defense agency which has been approved by the state dir. of civil defense in accordance with the state civil defense plan and program.  A civil defense worker must be regularly enrolled in a legally established civil defense agency engaged in civil defense activities at the time he sustained injuries in order to be entitled to benefits of the compensation provisions of the state CD act.

AGO 1968 NO. 38 > Dec 30 1968

Persons who are registered and identified as "civil defense workers" pursuant to RCW 38.52.010 (5), are not eligible for disability compensation benefits under RCW 38.52.260 where the civil defense type activity in which they were engaged, and in consequence of which they were injured, is not performed under the general or specific direction and control of the state or local civil defense authorities.

AGO 1957 NO. 65 > May 22 1957

(1) Foreign nationals are not prohibited from serving in local civil defense organizations but they must take an oath of allegiance to the U. S.  (2) Seventh Day Adventists may attach any statement to their personnel records which does not limit or qualify their oath of allegiance.

AGO 1951 NO. 125 > Sep 10 1951

1. The provisions of paragraph (4) of section 7 of the Washington Civil Defense Act, chapter 178, Laws of 1951, authorize and empower the Civil Defense Department of the State of Washington to make reimbursement to another state for payments for death, disability or injury to the personnel of a Civil Defense Mobile Support Unit of such other state, whenever such death, disability or injury is incurred while rendering aid in the State of Washington under orders of the governor of such other state and at the request of the Governor of the State of Washington.2. If a political subdivision of the State of Washington has made lawful provision for payments for death, disability or injury to its employees and such payments are made as the result of service of personnel in connection with the activities of a Mobile Support Unit, the provisions of paragraph (3) of section 7 of the Civil Defense Act require the State Civil Defense Department to reimburse the political subdivision for such payments.

AGO 1958 NO. 177 > Apr 8 1958

A county civil defense organization is not legally authorized to contribute money to a civil defense organization of another state except during an actual emergency and pursuant to a mutual aid agreement.

AGO 1952 NO. 230 > Jan 28 1952

It is not mandatory for a county office to supply personnel for civil defense.  A county official or employee participating in civil defense beyond the scope of the regular and normal duties of his office or position may, at will, terminate such additional participation in civil defense.

AGO 1956 NO. 251 > Apr 23 1956

Auxiliary firemen who are registered and hold an identification card for the purpose of engaging in authorized civil defense fire‑fighting service, are eligible for compensation for injuries received, within the limits of the legislative appropriation therefor, when engaged in a training program, or while fighting fires pursuant to the approved plan for activating such units.

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