RANT: Why should the taxpayer pay for “rescues”?


May 31, 2017, 12:19 pm By: Adam Ruggiero
Utah Unveils ‘Search And Rescue Card’
Buy an annual subscription that covers the costs of non-medical rescue services. It’s like AAA with helicopters.

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The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation announced the Utah Search and Rescue Assistance (USARA) card last week. With it, outdoor enthusiasts are exempt from non-medical costs associated with emergency rescue services, should the need arise.

The purpose of the subscription service is to protect both victims of unexpected worst-case scenarios, and the state and counties in which they occur. Both residents and tourists can purchase the card for single- or five-year coverage to defer fees for helicopter transport and emergency crews.

Meanwhile, proceeds from the USARA card will fund training for search-and-rescue (SAR) volunteers and maintenance costs for emergency vehicles and equipment.

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Never made sense to me that the Taxpayer has to rescue the unprepared and inept “outdoorsmen”!

Sorry, but if you go in harm’s way, then you should be prepared to pay for the consequences.

If you can’t afford that, then you shouldn’t be “out there”.

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