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Search and Rescue Fund

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Program Contacts:

Glory Ortega
Program Manager
Department of Local Affairs
1313 Sherman Street, Room 521
Denver, CO 80203
303-864-7733
glory.ortega@state.co.us

 

Quinn Fairchild
Program Coordinator
Department of Local Affairs
1313 Sherman Street, Room 521
Denver, CO  80203
303-864-7748
quinn.fairchild@state.co.us
 

 

                                                                                                                                        


Overview:
In 1987, the Search and Rescue fund (SAR) was created to:

  • reimburse political subdivisions and search and rescue organizations for the costs incurred in conducting search and rescue operations; and

  • provide funding for the purchase of search and rescue related equipment

 

Dollars for the fund are generated through a $.25 surcharge on hunting licenses, fishing licenses, boat registrations, snowmobile registrations, off-highway vehicle registrations, and by the voluntary sale of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card.  (Colorado Revised Statute 33-1-112.5)

 

Any eligible agency (public, private, or volunteer association providing specialized search and rescue services and resources) are eligible to receive funding and must be authorized by a county sheriff or political subdivision. C.R.S. 33-1-112.5(3).

 

  

The fund is not insurance and does not reimburse individuals. It reimburses sheriffs for eligible costs incurred in the discharge of a SAR mission.