The societal thought has always been that the tab will be picked up by the local or other government, agencies, etc. After all, we are owed it, aren't we ? We can get lost or need rescue and mea culpa... we have organizations to save our butt (or bra, in Olga's case). Call "help" and the cavalry will come in and save the day
But more and more, for events that are the result of stupidity (okay, blatant lack of thought or planning) or failure to look in ALL the rooms of your house, government and SAR organizations (BRASAR being no different) are looking (or seriously thinking to start ) to recoup, from the responsible party(s), the cost of their resources expenditures for these events.
In many cases, the SAR techs (or BRASAR techs) are called in and before they can get a handle on the situation, it has resolved itself. But SAR resources still have been expended.
In the case of looking for Olga:
Fang, the BRASAR Tech and her handler were called in, as well as Fidel (appointed as Incident Commander (IC)) because of his vast SAR knowledge, experience and contacts in the UK). And... the UK side... not going to go there ... sheeesh !!!
( from past post.. this is what is involved in setting up the very beginning of a search, for Olga, based in NA to comb the UK . Early minutes...)
"OK, we'll open a SAR Case, appoint an incident commander (Cups IC), set up the Incident Command Post, deploy hasty teams (no problem getting volunteers), a mission staff, I'll alert the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, the US State Department, and in England, the RNLI, the MoD, Mountain Rescue England-Wales/Scotland, the Association of Lowland SAR, the Cave Rescue Council.
We WILL LEAVE NO HILL UNEXPLORED."
Fang is going to be the primary SAR Bra for this event.....
She's pointy for a reason... direction detection..."
- $950,000 for the US participation
- Sterling 1,154,222 for the British part