NM Search & Rescue Council
The New Mexico Search & Rescue Council (NMSARC) is an organization composed of volunteer search and rescue teams that offer operational assets to the State of New Mexico for SAR.
NMSARC was incorporated in 1975 with the primary purpose of promoting the common interest of volunteer groups dedicated to saving lives and relieving human suffering during emergencies. NMSARC promotes the cooperation and exchange of information among member teams and between the volunteer SAR community and all levels of government. NMSARC encourages public education in wilderness safety and is committed to furthering community and government appreciation of SAR benefits and needs.
Organizations that do not meet these criteria may be voted on for agency membership in NMSARC. Agency members enjoy most of the privileges of the dues paying voting members. NMSARC is financed by money from dues and occasionally, donations are received but they are not solicited.
Among the member volunteer teams may be found para-professional specialists in land search, land search with trained dogs, mountain rescue and evacuation, water rescue and evacuation, air search, parachute rescue, road search, fire fighting, emergency medicine, long and short range communications, field food logistics and helicopter rescue. NMSARC is a corporate member of the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR), and is represented on its governing board.
NMSARC holds general meetings in various parts of New Mexico approximately four times a year and prospective members are urged to attend. Applications for membership are available at the meetings or from the Secretary of the NMSARC.