SANTA FE—New Mexico Search and Rescue volunteers and their services were recognized recently at the Roundhouse.
Legislators honored Search and Rescue volunteers Feb. 27, for the invaluable service they provide to the state, its citizens and visitors alike.
In 1978, New Mexico became the first state to organize search and rescue volunteers on the state level. When a person is reported lost or missing, New Mexico Search and Rescue volunteers respond to the area to assist in the search.
New Mexico Search and Rescue is composed of all-volunteer search and rescue teams, acting under the authority of the New Mexico State Police Division of the Department of Public Safety. New Mexico conducts all search and rescue missions under a centralized, highly structured response plan to assure that resources can be quickly mobilized under the protocols of the Incident Command System.
In 2014, New Mexico Search and Rescue volunteers conducted 90 missions, searching for 108 people who were lost or missing. There are nearly 1,200 active volunteers who respond to search and rescue missions across the state. These volunteers provide their services at no cost to the state, its citizens or visitors.
New Mexico Search and Rescue volunteers have made a substantive difference in the lives of hundreds of citizens and visitors to the state, providing them with life-saving services.