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Which States Charge for SAR?

Postby Hotfeet » Sun Nov 01, 2009 5:13 am

In the November Outside magazine, an article mentioned that eight States currently charge for Search & Rescue. It didn't list which States charge, does anyone know? New Hampshire is the only one mentioned.
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Postby MarthaP » Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:56 am

In Colorado it's on a case-by-case basis.

If you're from Kansas, Texas, or Florida it's pretty much a given. :lol:
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Postby Mountainjeff » Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:00 am

I don't think anyone in Washington charges. I am in the Kitsap ESAR Unit and we don't charge. I have also had a free joint Navy/Coastguard helicopter rescue in the Olympic National Park. If you get all the correct permits and follow your submitted itinerary, the National Park will foot the bill (unless you demonstrate extreme negligence).
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Thanks for the feedback

Postby Hotfeet » Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:32 am

Thanks for the info. After reading the Outside Mag article I became curious.
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Postby nartreb » Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:58 pm

Worth noting that New Hampshire usually doesn't charge either - in fact most SAR searchers are volunteers. Maybe a decade ago they passed a law to allow the state to bill up to (?$5000?) if the victim was at fault (in the secretary's sole determination -- note this statute hasn't been challenged in court yet); it was very recently amended to raise the max up to (?$25,000?), and they quickly took advantage of that in what I consider a poor decision.
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Postby SpiderSavage » Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:11 pm

The AAC http://www.americanalpineclub.org offers rescue insurance free as a part of the membership package. Join up, climb safe, and don't worry about it.
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Postby Hotoven » Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:46 pm

If your in Puerto Rico, your white, and American, there is no rescue :D
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Postby MarieP » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:03 pm

I don't think any of the counties in CA charge for the rescues, I know for sure that Mono and Inyo Counties don't (Eastern Sierra). The teams are all volunteers.
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Postby gwave47 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:13 pm

Many have gone missing in NC and SC. Ive never known either to charge.
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Postby fossana » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:20 pm

SpiderSavage wrote:The AAC http://www.americanalpineclub.org offers rescue insurance free as a part of the membership package. Join up, climb safe, and don't worry about it.


There was a thread a while ago on this. AAC changed their rules a few years ago from general rescue insurance to covering the first $5000 as provided by a specific provider, Global Rescue Services. You can upgrade to their $500K coverage plan at a generous discount of 5% (base rate of $329/yr for an individual). Better than nothing but not as great of a deal as before.
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