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Hi everyone,

I am picking up the Spot receiver after reading one of the search and rescue threads.

Ron with the TTTs group carries one and it seems like a good inexpensive way to communicate distress where cell coverage is not present.

One thing many folks do not think about is once you have found yourself needing help and help arrives, whom has to pay for the help that rescued you.

In Colorado, you the rescuee (sp) are responsible for covering the expenses of your resucuers. That could be covering an ambulance or H Vac situation.

There is also inexpensive insurance for covering this cost. When you buy a fishing license in Colorado ($25.00), part of the proceeds of this sale go to the rescue organizations and when you are rescued you show your fishing license which waives your cost for rescue!
 

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So far, I've used mine solely to let people know that I/we are OK each morning when we are in the middle of nowhere. Hope I never have to use the other two bottons. It's a great comfort having it along.
That's cool about the waiving of rescue costs just by buying a fishing license.
 

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I will have ground to air communications capability
 

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I'm on a SAR team here in Colorado. Colorado SAR teams DO NOT charge for search and rescue costs. That being said, if you need a flight on a medical helicopter or receive professional medical care, that will be between you and your medical insurer to figure out:flame:. When you get the SAR card in Colorado (or as part of your hunting/fishing license) you are NOT paying for "insurance". Rather, you are contributing to a general fund that teams can apply for cost reimbursement from. Don 't worry, we come and get you whether you have the card or not!:bigthumb: Remember, all SAR teams in Colorado, as well as most of the U.S., are all volunteer and receive very little financial support...

Here's a link to a fact sheet: http://www.coloradosarboard.org/csrb-documents/CORSAR Card Fact Sheet.pdf
 

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I'm on a SAR team here in Colorado. Colorado SAR teams DO NOT charge for search and rescue costs.Remember, all SAR teams in Colorado, as well as most of the U.S., are all volunteer and receive very little financial support...
Being on a SaR team and NASAR certified myself, and knowing it has always been volunteer work, I found the comment about charging a little odd......but I don't live in Colorado.

I thought you all might have made up your own set of rules there or something. :lol:
 

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Being on a SaR team and NASAR certified myself, and knowing it has always been volunteer work, I found the comment about charging a little odd......but I don't live in Colorado.

I thought you all might have made up your own set of rules there or something. :lol:
:simmadown:I made the comment since I think that's one of the first questions asked by a rescuee: "How much is this going to cost me?". We usually explain to them (if they're able to absorb the humor) that their biggest expense will be "cool points".:rofl:
 

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:simmadown:I made the comment since I think that's one of the first questions asked by a rescuee: "How much is this going to cost me?". We usually explain to them (if they're able to absorb the humor) that their biggest expense will be "cool points".:rofl:

Well having an airscent dog, we are used more to clear large areas than used in the area of greatest probability.

No finds to date.

But at least the rescuees are more gratedul than our training subjects who want to know what we brought for snacks and such while they bake in the ant infested desert.

I gest, but those who take time to volunteer as training subjects are typically way cool.

I prefer my dog to work someone he doesn't know......cuz if he knows them (we hide for each other a lot) he will do clownish things like try to make off with the subject's backpack.

(He did this on one of our pretests for certification.:cowfrown: )

oops.....off topic AGAIN.

Okay.....back to topic, with a correction.:)
 

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hope I didn't offend, I was always told to buy th fishing and hunting license to help cover the costs of rescue and that would cover me from getting hit with a bill. I guess that person was not well informed that gave me that info.

That is why I reallyt like this place. There is always someone out there that has the real scoop and clears the mis understanding..

Thanks you guys, sounds like if I buy a SAR card more funds go to the rescue services vs a fishing license.

Is that a correct assumption?
 

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hope I didn't offend, I was always told to buy th fishing and hunting license to help cover the costs of rescue and that would cover me from getting hit with a bill. I guess that person was not well informed that gave me that info.

That is why I reallyt like this place. There is always someone out there that has the real scoop and clears the mis understanding..

Thanks you guys, sounds like if I buy a SAR card more funds go to the rescue services vs a fishing license.

Is that a correct assumption?
That I am not sure of...
 

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Hi all, If this thread is still going or just for further info.
I'm a Captain in out County SAR team in Wyoming. Also NASAR SARTECH I trained. There is no charge for our services in the field. Helo evacs and pro med is an extra to you. There has been talk on a state wide level to charge people for "bastard searches". That's when you wife calls you in lost, we spend all night looking for you and find you at your girlfriends house. All costs incurred would then be charged to you. The dollar extra for hunting/fishing licences and atv registrations go to a state general fund that is distributed throughout the counties at the end of the year.
For all those viewing: Please contribute that extra dollar to your local SAR. We are mostly all volunteer and spend a lot of our own money for equipment "So that others may live" That includes using our own rigs on the trails. Those dollars you contribute helps the counties pay for training and much needed equipment. Thanx
 
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