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    Re: Fla. lifeguard fired for rescue outside beach zone

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Yes, that very situation is covered in their training, as it is for military, bank and security guards. As "mean" as it may sound, they are expected to stay on post and to do their job. If they do not, as he was told IN ADVANCE, they will be terminated for cause. The end.
    So he should have ignored it, or should he have gone to help knowing full well that it likely would result in his termination?? I guess the better way to get a more accurate clarification of your position is this: If it were you would you have stayed put, or gone running?
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    Re: Fla. lifeguard fired for rescue outside beach zone

    re: potential lawsuits

    Even without a potential 4 yr old drowning in his area... if someone runs up and says, "There's a guy drowning down there (outside your area) that needs help!", and he just sits there, and the guy does die, he and/or the company could still be sued. The sign labeling the distinction would possibly be viewed as arbitrary. The beach/water, as literal entities, know no boundaries (in that area). It will be portrayed by the plaintiffs that there was a lifeguard on duty at the body of water and that lifeguard refused to do their lifeguarding.

    One can be sued for ANYTHING. The plaintiff does not have to be legally correct. They may lose, but cases like this are emotional, and juries love emotion, so you never know. More likely, a settlement would be reached before it even got that far. Either way, the company (and/or the company's insurance company) is paying out money... for defense and/or settlement.

    As has been mentioned: A no-win situation.
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    Well Vance all I can say is that my feeling and gut has served me well over many years and got me through some really rough spots...and Im still here....Ill stick with my gut...
    Give your brain a shot at some input every once in a while and you might have a hell of a combo!

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    Re: Fla. lifeguard fired for rescue outside beach zone

    His contract probably has something like...


    Section C: You are not a 911 emergency responder. Behaving as such around town is end of job.

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    Re: Fla. lifeguard fired for rescue outside beach zone

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    re: potential lawsuits

    Even without a potential 4 yr old drowning in his area... if someone runs up and says, "There's a guy drowning down there (outside your area) that needs help!", and he just sits there, and the guy does die, he and/or the company could still be sued. The sign labeling the distinction would possibly be viewed as arbitrary. The beach/water, as literal entities, know no boundaries (in that area). It will be portrayed by the plaintiffs that there was a lifeguard on duty at the body of water and that lifeguard refused to do their lifeguarding.

    One can be sued for ANYTHING. The plaintiff does not have to be legally correct. They may lose, but cases like this are emotional, and juries love emotion, so you never know. More likely, a settlement would be reached before it even got that far. Either way, the company (and/or the company's insurance company) is paying out money... for defense and/or settlement.

    As has been mentioned: A no-win situation.
    I agree with you for the most part. In our country these days anyone could be sued for anything. Especially if you are a company or government agency. It is freaking rediculous.
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