NM Search & Rescue

Volunteers

The Act recognizes the value of volunteer citizens who freely give their time and dedication to help save lives in our forests, deserts, and wilderness areas. There are over 30 certified volunteer search and rescue Field Coordinators. Once activated, the volunteer Coordinator has the authority and responsibility to manage any search and rescue mission. They can activate resources such as Federal, State, Local, or other volunteers that may be able to aid in the search and rescue mission.

To become a certified Search and Rescue Coordinator, the applicants must be 21 years of age, they must possess a strong background in search and rescue, and they must have experience in the outdoors and the management of people. The applicant must complete a 40-hour search and rescue management course, sponsored by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, and serve as a trainee coordinator on a minimum of five missions before becoming a fully certified search and rescue Incident Commander. Each volunteer Coordinator is expected to respond to at least 1/3 of the missions that they are called to participate in.

Along with the Field Coordinators, the state also certifies volunteers as SAR section chiefs to work with the Field Coordinators during the operation of SAR incidents.

The bulk of the SAR personnel that perform duties on SAR missions are also volunteers that offer their time and skills in completing the SAR incident objects. Most are members of the 40+ volunteer search and rescue organizations in New Mexico and surrounding states. Many of these teams specialize in areas such as man tracking, high angle technical rescue, cave rescue, water recovery, missing aircraft, dog search teams, horse search teams, and 4WD search teams.

SAR Donations To Volunteer Groups

In New Mexico there is NO charge to the public for any search and rescue effort by the state or volunteer resources.

If a citizen wishes to donate money, equipment or services to any of the volunteer groups who participated on a particular search and rescue mission they may send it to the New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC), a statewide organization made up of volunteer teams which is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status (501(c)(3)).

This organization has agreed to divide any donations with the Volunteer participants of the particular SAR mission.

Below is a list of organizations that have achieved State Recognition as a SAR resource:

(* denotes a volunteer group)

ALAMOGORDO SEARCH & RESCUE, INC* ALAMOGORDO NM
ALBUQUERQUE MOUNTAIN RESCUE COUNCIL* ALBUQUERQUE NM
AMARILLO ALLIANCE SEARCH K-9’S* LOGAN NM
ANGEL FIRE SEARCH AND RESCUE* ANGEL FIRE NM
ATALAYA SEARCH AND RESCUE* SANTA FE NM
BERNALILLO CO AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE* ALBUQUERQUE NM
CATRON CO. SAR* DATIL NM
CHAVES COUNTY SEARCH & RESCUE* ROSWELL NM
CIBOLA SEARCH AND RESCUE* ALBUQUERQUE NM
CIVIL AIR PATROL,NEW MEXICO WING KIRTLAND AFB NM
DONA ANA CO. SHERIFF’S MOUNTED PATROL* LAS CRUCES NM
DONA ANA COUNTY SEARCH & RESCUE, INC.* LAS CRUCES NM
EAST MOUNTAIN SEARCH AND RESCUE* MORIARTY NM
EDDY COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE* CARLSBAD NM
GRANT COUNTY SEARCH & RESCUE* SILVER CITY NM
K-9 SEARCH & RESCUE TEAM, INC.* DOLORES CO
LOS ALAMOS AMATEUR RADIO CLUB* LOS ALAMOS NM
LOS ALAMOS AUXILIARY FIRE BRIGADE* LOS ALAMOS NM
LUNA CO. SEARCH & RESCUE* DEMING NM
McKINLEY CO. SEARCH & RESCUE* GALLUP NM
MESILLA VALLEY SAR CANINE, HORSE & GND* LAS CRUCES NM
MOUNTAIN CANINE CORPS.* LOS ALAMOS NM
NATIONAL CAVE RESCUE COMMISSION-SWREG* SANTA FE NM
NEW MEXICO MOUNTED SEARCH & RESCUE* TIJERAS NM
NEW MEXICO SAR SUPPORT TEAM* ALBUQUERQUE NM
NEW MEXICO STATE GUARD DETACHMENT 6* CARLSBAD, NM
NEW MEXICO WORKING K-9s* SANTA FE NM
NORTHERN SNOWDRIFT BREAKERS SAR* SANTA FE NM
ORGAN MOUNTAIN TECHNICAL RESCUE SQD* LAS CRUCES NM
PAJARITO K-9 SEARCH & RESCUE* LOS ALAMOS NM
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN SKI PATROL* LOS ALAMOS NM
PHILMONT SEARCH AND RESCUE* CIMARRON NM
RIO ARRIBA MOUNTED SHERIFFS POSSE* ESPANOLA NM
ROCKY MOUNTAIN SEARCH AND RESCUE* ESPANOLA NM
ROUTE 66 FLYERS (POWERED PARAGLIDERS)* ALBUQUERQUE NM
SAN MIGUEL SEARCH AND RESCUE* LAS VEGAS NM
SANDIA SEARCH DOGS* ALBUQUERQUE NM
SANGRE DE CRISTO DEL NORTE* ESPANOLA NM
SANTA FE ARES SAR SUPPORT TEAM* SANTA FE NM
SANTA FE COUNTY SHERIFFS POSSE* SANTA FE NM
SANTA FE SEARCH AND RESCUE GROUP* SANTA FE NM
SEARCH AND RESCUE TAOS* RANCHOS DE TAOS NM
SOCORRO SEARCH & RESCUE* SOCORRO NM
SOUTHERN ARIZONA RESCUE ASSOC.* TUCSON AZ
SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO SAR* LAS CRUCES NM
TAOS SKI VALLEY SAR* TAOS SKI VALLEY NM
THREE RIVERS SAR* FLORA VISTA NM
U.S. BORDER PATROL SEARCH AND RESCUE EL PASO TX
U.S. SEARCH AND RESCUE DET 1* ALAMOGORDO NM
UNITED SAR OF MONTEZUMA COUNTY, INC* CORTEZ CO
WHITE MOUNTAIN SAR* RUIDOSO NM