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Bill Detail: HB21-1118

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Title Backcountry Search And Rescue In Colorado
Status House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (03/02/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • State Government
House Sponsors D. Valdez (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/16/2021

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 department of natural resources (department) 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 department must also, subject to available appropriations, 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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