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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


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)


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.