Agree with Taylorzs. I've been involved in over 100 missions. Without going through a lot of paperwork I would say about 5-10% of mission are because someone did something "stupid," maybe 15% are from those who weren't prepared and in 75% of the missions, the subject was prepared, was knowledgeable but had a terrible accident. Listed below is information from the Colorado DOLA site. It seems we run into the CORSAR card issue every year. JUST BUY ONE!!!
Why Buy a CORSAR Card?
Colorado residents and visitors are well served by dedicated volunteer search and rescue teams, but mission costs are often in the thousands of dollars. By purchasing a CORSAR card you are contributing to the Search and Rescue Fund, which will reimburse these teams for costs incurred in your search and rescue. Funds remaining at the end of the year are used to help pay for training and equipment for these teams. Anyone with a current hunting/fishing license, or boat, snowmobile, ATV registration is already covered by the fund.
The CORSAR Card Is Not Insurance
The card is not insurance and does not reimburse individuals nor does it pay for medical transport. Medical transport includes helicopter flights or ground ambulance. If aircraft are used as a search vehicle, those costs are reimbursed by the fund. If the aircraft becomes a medical transport due to a medical emergency, the medical portion of the transport is not covered.
Purchase a Card
The 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. You may also purchase cards online. Type in Colorado Search and Rescue CORSAR card and you can purchase online.