Why VMRG does not charge persons rescued for their service:
It is universally believed that such charges would in some cases discourage a victim from calling for help until it is too late.  This is consistent with the policies of the National Search and Rescue Association (NASAR).   Many persons rescued do make donations to support VMRG moving forward.  
VMRG's relationship with NASAR is important to Eagle County:
VMRG is part of the National Search and Rescue Association, and as such must be recertified every five years by a group of its peers drawn from other teams in Colorado and elsewhere.  As part of NASAR, VMRG is also part of the Colorado Search and Rescue Board (CSRB) which represents each certified Search and Rescue (SAR) team in Colorado. Whenever a SAR team in Colorado needs additional resources, it will contact CSRB and ask them to find the requisite resources from other CSRB teams.  VMRG and Eagle County have benefited from this relationship a number of times when other teams came to help VMRG. Similarly VMRG has provided assistance elsewhere in Colorado when needed.