3737.221 Negligent operation of motor vehicles by fire marshal employees.

(A) As used in this section, "motor vehicle" has the same meaning as in section 4511.01 of the Revised Code.

(B) The office of the fire marshal is liable for injury, death, or loss to person or property caused by the negligent operation of any motor vehicle by its employees upon the public roads, highways, or streets in the state when the employees are engaged within the scope of their employment and authority, without regard to the proximity of that operation to the office of the fire marshal. Notwithstanding division (A)(1) of section 2743.02 of the Revised Code, a full defense to that liability is that if the fire marshal, the chief deputy fire marshal, or an assistant fire marshal was operating the motor vehicle, the fire marshal, chief deputy fire marshal, or assistant fire marshal was acting within the scope of division (A)(2), (4), or (14) of section 3737.22 , or section 3737.24 or 3737.26 , of the Revised Code and the operation of the vehicle did not constitute willful or wanton misconduct.

(C) The fire marshal, the chief deputy fire marshal, and any assistant fire marshal is immune from liability for injury, death, or loss to person or property caused by the operation of any motor vehicle upon the public roads, highways, or streets in the state when acting within the scope of division (A)(2), (4), or (14) of section 3737.22 , or section 3737.24 or 3737.26 , of the Revised Code, without regard to the proximity of that operation to the office of the fire marshal, unless one of the following applies:

(1) The operation of the vehicle was manifestly outside the scope of the employee's employment or official responsibilities.

(2) The operation of the vehicle constituted willful or wanton misconduct.

Cite as R.C. § 3737.221

History. Effective Date: 03-19-2003