GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2017-170
HOUSE BILL 740
AN ACT to modify the name of search and rescue services, to allow the North Carolina Geodetic Survey to ratify results of county boundary resurveys, and to clarify that Protective Ridgeline maps are housed with the North CArolina Geodetic survey rather than the Department of Environmental Quality.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. Article 6 of Chapter 166A of the General Statutes reads as rewritten:
Carolina Search and Rescue.
"§ 166A‑65. Definitions.
The following definitions apply in this Article:
(1) Contract response team. –
An urban A search and rescue team, specialty rescue team, or
incident support team.
(2) Incident support team. –
A team of trained emergency response personnel, organized to provide
coordination between governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations as
well as technical and logistical support to
urban search and rescue
teams and specialty rescue teams.
(2a) Search and rescue team. – A specialized team or group of teams, organized with capabilities equivalent to search and rescue teams established under the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order to assist in the removal of trapped victims during emergencies, including, but not limited to, collapsed structures, trench excavations, elevated locations, and other technical rescue situations.
(3) Secretary. – The Secretary of the Department of Public Safety.
(4) Specialty rescue team. – A specialized response team, organized to provide technical rescue assistance to first responders. The term includes, but is not limited to, a canine search and rescue or disaster response team, a cave search and rescue team, a collapse search and rescue team, a mine and tunnel search and rescue team, and a swift water or flood search and rescue team. A specialty rescue team shall be aligned with one or more of the search and rescue categories within the Federal Emergency Management Agency's national resource typing system.
(5) Urban search and rescue team. – A specialized
team or group of teams, organized with capabilities equivalent to urban search
and rescue teams established under the Federal Emergency Management Agency in
order to assist in the removal of trapped victims during emergencies,
including, but not limited to, collapsed structures, trench excavations,
elevated locations, and in other technical rescue situations.
Urban North Carolina Search
and Rescue Program.
(a) The Secretary shall
adopt rules establishing a program for
urban search and rescue that
relies on contracts contracts, memorandums of understanding, and
memorandums of agreement with contract response teams. The program shall be
administered by the Division of Emergency Management. To the extent possible,
the program shall be coordinated with other emergency planning activities of
the State. The program shall include contract response teams located
strategically across the State that are available to provide 24‑hour
dispatch from the Division of Emergency Management Operations Center. The rules
for the program shall include:
(1) Standards, including training, equipment, and personnel standards required to operate a contract response team.
(2) Guidelines for the
dispatch of a contract response team to
an urban a search and
rescue team or specialty rescue team mission.
(3) Guidelines for the on‑site operations of a contract response team.
(4) Standards for administration of a contract response team, including procedures for reimbursement of response costs.
(5) Refresher and specialist training for members of contract response teams.
(6) Procedures for recovering
the costs of
an urban a search and rescue team or specialty
rescue team mission.
(7) Procedures for bidding
and contracting for
urban search and rescue team and specialty rescue
(8) Criteria for evaluating
urban search and rescue team and specialty rescue team
(9) Delineation of the roles
of the contract response team, local public safety personnel, the Division of
Emergency Management's area coordinator, and other State agency personnel
an urban a search and rescue team or specialty
rescue team mission.
(10) Procedures for the Division of Emergency Management to audit the contract response teams to ensure compliance with State and federal guidelines.
(b) Within available appropriations, the Division of Emergency Management shall spend the necessary funds for training, equipment, and other items necessary to support the operations of contract response teams. The Division of Emergency Management may also administer any grants of other funds made available for contract response teams, in accordance with applicable rules and regulations approved by the Director of the State Budget.
(c) In developing the
North Carolina Search and Rescue Program and adopting the rules
required by this section, the Secretary shall consult with the Urban North
Carolina Search and Rescue Team Advisory Committee established pursuant to
"§ 166A‑67. Contracts; equipment loans.
(a) The Secretary may
contract with any unit or units of local government for the provision of a
contract response team to implement the
Urban North Carolina Search
and Rescue Program. Contracts are to be let consistent with the bidding and
contract standards and procedures adopted pursuant to G.S. 166A‑66(a)(7)
and G.S. 166A‑66(a)(8). In entering into contracts with units of
local government, the Secretary may agree to provide any of the following:
(1) A loan of equipment.
(2) Reimbursement of
personnel costs, including the cost of callback personnel, when a contract
response team is authorized by the Department to respond to
and rescue team and specialty rescue team missions.
(3) Reimbursement for use of equipment and vehicles owned by the contract response team.
(4) Replacement of disposable materials and damaged equipment.
(5) Training expenses.
(6) Anything else agreed to by the Secretary and the contract response team.
(b) The Secretary shall not agree to provide reimbursement for standby time.
(c) Any contract entered into between the Secretary and a unit of local government for the provision of a contract response team shall specify that the members of the contract response team, when performing under the contract, shall not be employees of the State and shall not be entitled to benefits under the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System or for the payment by the State of federal Social Security, employment insurance, or workers' compensation.
(d) Contract response teams
that have the use of a State vehicle may use the vehicle for local purposes.
Where a State vehicle is used for purposes other than authorized contract
an urban a search and rescue team and specialty
rescue team mission, the contract response team shall be liable for repairs or
replacements directly attributable to that use.
"§ 166A‑68. Immunity of contract response team personnel.
Members of a contract response team
shall be protected from liability under the provisions of G.S. 166A‑19.60(a)
an urban a search and rescue team or specialty rescue
team mission pursuant to authorization from the Division of Emergency
Urban North Carolina Search
and Rescue Team Advisory Committee.
Carolina Search and Rescue Team Advisory Committee is created. The
Secretary shall appoint the members of the Committee and shall designate the
Director or Deputy Director of the North Carolina Division of Emergency
Management as the chair. In making appointments, the Secretary shall take into
consideration the expertise of the appointees in the management of urban search
and rescue or specialty response team missions. The Secretary shall appoint one
representative from each of the following:
(1) The Division of North Carolina Emergency Management, who shall be the Director or Deputy Director of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and who shall serve as the chair.
(2) Each state
contract response team's Chief or Deputy Chief.
(3) The North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal.
(4) The North Carolina Highway Patrol.
(5) The North Carolina National Guard.
(6) The North Carolina Association of Rescue and E.M.S., Inc.
(7) The North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs.
(8) The North Carolina State Firefighters' Association.
(9) The North Carolina Emergency Management Association.
(b) The Advisory Committee shall meet on the call of the chair, or at the request of the Secretary, provided that the Committee shall meet no less than once every year. The Department of Public Safety shall provide space for the Advisory Committee to meet. The Department shall also provide the Advisory Committee with necessary support staff and supplies to enable the Committee to carry out its duties in an effective manner.
(c) Members of the Advisory Committee shall serve without pay, but shall receive travel allowance, lodging, subsistence, and per diem as provided by G.S. 138‑5.
(d) The Contract Response
Team Advisory Committee shall advise the Secretary on the establishment of the
North Carolina Search and Rescue Program. The Committee shall also
evaluate and advise the Secretary of the need for additional contract response
teams to serve the State."
"§ 153A‑18. Uncertain or disputed boundary.
(a) If two or more counties are uncertain as to the
exact location of the boundary between them,
they the North Carolina
Geodetic Survey (NCGS), on a cooperative basis, shall assist counties in
defining and monumenting the location of the uncertain or disputed boundary as
established in accordance with law. Upon receiving written request from all
counties adjacent to the uncertain or disputed boundary, the NCGS may cause
the boundary to be surveyed, marked, and mapped. The counties may appoint
special commissioners to supervise the surveying, marking, and mapping. A
commissioner so appointed or a person surveying or marking the boundary may
enter upon private property to view and survey the boundary or to erect
boundary markers. Upon ratification of the survey by the board of commissioners
of each county, a map showing the surveyed boundary shall be recorded in the office
of the register of deeds of each county in the manner provided by law for the
recordation of maps or plats and in the Secretary of State's office. The map
shall contain a reference to the date of each resolution of ratification and to
the page in the minutes of each board of commissioners where the resolution may
be found. Upon recordation, the map is conclusive as to the location of the
boundary. Upon reestablishing all, or some portion, of a county boundary,
and if after the NCGS submits the results of the survey to the requesting
counties, and the requesting counties have not ratified the reestablished
boundary within one year of receiving the (map) survey plat denoting the
location of the reestablished boundary, the survey plat will become conclusive as
to the location of the boundary and will be recorded in the Register of Deeds
in each affected county and in the Secretary of State's office. The Chief of the
NCGS (State Surveyor) will notify each affected party in writing of the action
taken. As used in this subsection, an "affected party" means both (i)
the governing body of a county that the reestablished boundary denotes the
extent of its jurisdiction and (ii) a property owner whose real property has
been placed in whole or in part in another county due to the reestablished
(c) Two or more counties may
establish the boundary between them pursuant to
subsection (a), above, by the
subsection (a) of this section. Those boundaries are defined by natural
monuments such as rivers, streams, and ridgelines. The use of base maps
prepared from orthophotography, orthophotography may be used if said
natural monuments are visible, which base maps show the monuments of the United
States Geological Survey National Geodetic Survey and North Carolina
State Plane Coordinate System established pursuant to Chapter 102 of the
General Statutes. The orthophotography shall be prepared in compliance with
the State's adopted orthophotography standard. Upon ratification of the
location of the boundary determined from orthophotography by the board of
commissioners of each county, the map showing the boundary and the monuments of
the United States Geological Survey National Geodetic Survey and
North Carolina State Plane Coordinate System shall be recorded in the
Office of the Register of Deeds of each county and in the Secretary of State's
office. The map shall contain a reference to the date of each resolution of
ratification and to the page in the minutes of each board of commissioners
where the resolution may be found. Upon recordation, the map is conclusive as
to the location of the boundary."
SECTION 3. G.S. 113A‑212 reads as rewritten:
"§ 113A‑212. Assistance to counties and cities under ridge law.
(b) The Secretary of
Environmental Quality shall identify the protected mountain ridge crests in
each county by showing them on a map or drawing, describing them in a document,
or any combination thereof. Such maps, drawings, or documents shall identify the
protected mountain ridges as defined in G.S. 113A‑206 and such other
mountain ridges as any county may request, and shall specify those protected
mountain ridges that serve as all or part of the boundary line between two
counties. By November 1, 1983, the map, drawing, or document tentatively
identifying the protected mountain ridge crests of each county shall be filed
with the board of county commissioners and with the city governing body of each
city that requests it. By January 1, 1984, the map, drawing, or document
identifying the protected mountain ridge crests shall be permanently filed by
the Secretary with the register of deeds in the county where the land lies, and
made available for inspection at the
Secretary's office office of the
North Carolina Geodetic Survey (NC Emergency Management/Risk Management) in
Raleigh. Copies of the maps, drawings, or documents certified by the register
of deeds, shall be admitted in evidence in all courts and shall have the same
force and effect as would the original.
SECTION 4. Section 1 of this act becomes effective July 1, 2017. The remainder of this act is effective when it becomes law.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 29th day of June, 2017.
s/ Daniel J. Forest
President of the Senate
s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Roy Cooper
Approved 11:45 a.m. this 21st day of July, 2017