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Search and Rescue Fund

Program Contacts:

Glory Ortega
Program Manager
Department of Local Affairs
1313 Sherman Street, Room 521
Denver, CO 80203


Quinn Fairchild
Program Coordinator
Department of Local Affairs
1313 Sherman Street, Room 521
Denver, CO  80203


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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)


The fund is not insurance and does not reimburse individuals.


The DOLA Executive Director appoints members to the SAR Advisory Council. By rule, the Council must have between eleven and fifteen members and, at all times, at least three members must be county sheriffs and two must be members of the Colorado Search and Rescue Board. The Executive Director may also request nominations from search and rescue teams, county commissioners, CORSAR card vendors, the Division of Parks and Wildlife, hunters, fishermen, wildlife advocates, off-highway vehicle users, boaters, snow-mobile enthusiasts, backpackers, hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and cross-country skiers.