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Each year there are dozens of rescues in the Sierra Nevada

None of these people planned on needing to be rescuedin fact, most didn't plan for emergencies.

These rescues cost thousands of dollars. In California search and rescue is funded as one of the responsibilities of the local County Sheriff. The cost to taxpayers would be even greater if it weren't for the volunteers who assist in rescues, giving generously of their time, using their own equipment and often putting their own lives at risk.

Many agencies including the military, National Forests, National Parks, California Highway Patrol and others provide tactical support with helicopters and highly trained personnel .. all taxpayer funded.

The volunteer search and rescue teams depend on donations from supporters, often including victims and their families. Money collected is used to support training and purchases of equipment for volunteers of search and rescue organizations.