CORSAR search and rescue cards available through Chamber

The Craig Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that it now is a vendor of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card.

Funds generated by CORSAR card sales help reimburse county sheriffs for costs incurred during search and rescue operations.

Sheriff's offices are reimbursed by the state through a three-tier process. All costs related to assisting someone who paid into the Colorado Search and Rescue Fund - such as hunters are required to do when they purchase licenses - are paid before costs for rescuing people who have not paid into the fund.

Only reimbursements are prioritized. Sheriff's offices and the state do not prioritize rescue missions.

Since its inception 15 years ago, the Colorado Search and Rescue Fund has reimbursed more than $1 million to counties in the state for search and rescue mission costs.

Additionally, the fund has provided more than $4 million for training and equipment.

Funding for search and rescue in Colorado comes from a 25-cent fee attached to the purchase of hunting and fishing licenses, stand-alone habitat stamps, snowmobile/off-highway vehicle/boat registrations, as well as sales of CORSAR cards.

Although most of the fund revenue comes from the 25-cent fee, most of the search and rescue costs come from missions related to outdoor activities other than hunting and fishing, and off-highway vehicle use, among others.

The CORSAR card offers an opportunity for other outdoor enthusiasts such as hikers, cross-country skiers and horseback riders to participate in the Colorado Search and Rescue fund and help defray the costs of search and rescue missions.

The cost of a one-year CORSAR card is $3 and the cost of a five-year card is $12.

For more information about the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card, call the Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way, at 824-5689, or e-mail www.craig-chamber.com.

For general information regarding Colorado search and rescue, call 248-7311 or visit www.dola.gov/sar/.

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