Illinois Statutes Chapter 20. Executive Branch § 3305/8.Mobile Support Teams

§ 8.  Mobile Support Teams.

(a) The Governor or Director may cause to be created Mobile Support Teams to aid and to reinforce the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and emergency services and disaster agencies in areas stricken by disaster.  Each mobile support team shall have a leader, selected by the Director who will be responsible, under the direction and control of the Director, for the organization, administration, and training, and operation of the mobile support team.

(b) Personnel of a mobile support team while on duty pursuant to such a call or while engaged in regularly scheduled training or exercises, whether within or without the State, shall either:

(1) If they are paid employees of the State, have the powers, duties, rights, privileges and immunities and receive the compensation incidental to their employment.

(2) If they are paid employees of a political subdivision or body politic of this State, and whether serving within or without that political subdivision or body politic, have the powers, duties, rights, privileges and immunities, and receive the compensation incidental to their employment.

(3) If they are not employees of the State, political subdivision or body politic, or being such employees, are not normally paid for their services, be entitled to at least one dollar per year compensation from the State.

Personnel of a mobile support team who suffer disease, injury or death arising out of or in the course of emergency duty, shall for the purposes of benefits under the Workers' Compensation Act   1 or Workers' Occupational Diseases Act   2 only, be deemed to be employees of this State.  If the person diseased, injured or killed is an employee described in item (3) above, the computation of benefits payable under either of those Acts shall be based on income commensurate with comparable State employees doing the same type of work or income from the person's regular employment, whichever is greater.

All personnel of mobile support teams shall, while on duty under such call, be reimbursed by this State for all actual and necessary travel and subsistence expenses.

(c) The State shall reimburse each political subdivision or body politic from the Disaster Response and Recovery Fund for the compensation paid and the actual and necessary travel, subsistence and maintenance expenses of paid employees of the political subdivision or body politic while serving, outside of its geographical boundaries pursuant to such a call, as members of a mobile support team, and for all payments made for death, disease or injury of those paid employees arising out of and incurred in the course of that duty, and for all losses of or damage to supplies and equipment of the political subdivision or body politic resulting from the operations.

(d) Whenever mobile support teams or units of another state, while the Governor has the emergency powers provided for under Section 7 of this Act, render aid to this State under the orders of the Governor of its home state and upon the request of the Governor of this State, all questions relating to reimbursement by this State to the other state and its citizens in regard to the assistance so rendered shall be determined by the mutual aid agreements or interstate compacts described in subparagraph (5) of paragraph (c) of Section 6 as are existing at the time of the assistance rendered or are entered into thereafter and under Section 303 (d) of the Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950.   3

(e) No personnel of mobile support teams of this State may be ordered by the Governor to operate in any other state unless a request for the same has been made by the Governor or duly authorized representative of the other state.

1 820 ILCS 305/1 et seq.
2 820 ILCS 310/1 et seq.
3 50 App. U.S.C.A. § 2251 (repealed).

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