The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, for instance, acknowledged as one of the best such services in the world, runs on voluntary contributions given freely by its many supporters. Once people begin to start paying insurance they would not then be inclined to donate money as well. Business institutions would withdraw their sponsorships.
The military services we pay for in our taxes, and I am sure that the helicopter crews would be the first to agree that the jobs they do helping civilians enhance the skills needed in their role as search and rescue units for the military.
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