Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Location: DEM Conference Room
Utah Division of Emergency Management
1110 State Office Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Call 801-538-3400 for more information.
In 1997, the State of Utah established the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program. Under Utah Code, the Division of Emergency Management (DEM) will manage the program with the approval of the Search and Rescue Advisory Board. The purpose of the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program is to fund counties, on a reimbursement basis, those eligible expenses incurred during searches. It also provides some financial assistance for training and replacement of equipment damaged on searches.
The Search and Rescue Advisory Board administers the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program. It consists of seven members: two Utah Search and Rescue Association representatives, three Utah Sheriff's Association representatives, one DEM representative (designated by director), and one private citizen. They meet on a quarterly basis to review reimbursement submissions from the counties. All searches are logged into a database maintained by DEM. Statistical and financial data are pulled for reports for the Board.
State fiscal year 1998 was the first year for the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program. Eighteen of the twenty-nine counties received financial assistance from their participation in the program. There were 406 searches reported through DEM.