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Bill Detail: SB21-245

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Title Backcountry Search And Rescue In Colorado
Status Governor Signed (06/27/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Local Government
  • State Government
House Sponsors J. McCluskie (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate Sponsors B. Rankin (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 04/14/2021

The bill defines backcountry search and rescue as the utilization,
training, and support of responders, with their specialized equipment, to
locate, provide assistance to, and remove to safety individuals who are
lost, injured, stranded, or entrapped, generally in remote areas of the state.
The division of parks and wildlife (division) within the department of
natural resources must conduct a study and develop recommendations on

the issues related to backcountry search and rescue, including
coordination among the local, state, and nonprofit organizations involved
in backcountry search and rescue, the adequacy of resources and benefits
available to volunteers who provide backcountry search and rescue
services, the funding needs for equipment and reimbursement, and the
needs for volunteer training and public education. The division must also
conduct outreach and training related to the physical and psychological
support needs of backcountry search and rescue volunteers, which may
include working with consultants, providing programs, or creating a grant
program for local governments or nonprofit organizations providing
backcountry search and rescue. The bill makes conforming amendments
related to the definition of backcountry search and rescue.

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