COLORADO OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL SEARCH AND RESCUE CARDS: A GOOD INVESTMENT
Colorado residents and visitors are well served by dedicated volunteer search and rescue teams, but search and rescue mission costs are often in the thousands of dollars. By purchasing a Colorado Outdoor Recreational Search and Rescue Card (CORSAR) (formerly known as a Colorado Hiking Certificate), outdoor enthusiasts contribute to the Colorado Search and Rescue Fund, which will reimburse these teams for eligible costs incurred in a search and rescue mission to prevent billing of victims. Anyone with a current hunting/fishing license, or boat, snowmobile or ATV registration is already covered by the fund.
CORSAR cards are available for $3 for one year and $12 for five years, and can be purchased at over 300 retailers in the state. In La Plata County, these cards are available anywhere fishing and hunting licenses are sold. Cards may also be purchased online from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs website at: https://dola.colorado.gov/corsar_order/order_instructions.jsf.
"If you need to be rescued, a Colorado Outdoor Recreational Search and Rescue Card may be one of the best purchases an individual can make," said Butch Knowlton, Director of the Office of Emergency Management. "Having the ability to be reimbursed for our rescue efforts means we can continue to help others that get in trouble in the remote areas of our County."
The Colorado Search and Rescue fund is administrated by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. The fund, which was originally created in 1987 by the State legislature, is designed to reimburse governmental agencies and search and rescue organizations for costs incurred in search and rescue operations and to provide funding for the purchase of related equipment and training. The Colorado Search and Rescue Fund receives $2.00 for every one-year card and $9.00 for every five-year card sold. A $0.25 surcharge on hunting and fishing licenses, or boat, snowmobile or ATV registration also provides funding for the Search and Rescue Fund. The CORSAR Card is not insurance and does not reimburse individuals, nor does it pay for medical transport.
For additional information, please contact the La Plata County Office of Emergency Management at (970) 382-6274.