Interested in becoming a volunteer ?

Any Search and Rescue organization has a need for volunteers of differing skills and not all involve going out in the field participating in the actual search or rescue; if you do not want to be out in the field do not think this means we do not need you.

The requirement of any volunteer is to be able to give up their free time to help with the locating and recovery of others, more often than not we are called out at inconvenient times and at short notice but we do not call all the volunteers out initially as this is unmanageable. As some searches can last many hours and many days we need volunteers available at all times of the day so again if you are not available through the night then we can always make use of you through the day.

In exchange for your free time we can offer you a broad spectrum of training including:

  • First Aid.
  • Survival skills.
  • Equipment and its use (e.g. transceiver, GPS).
  • Navigation skills.
  • Radio use.

We hold a training session for our Emergency Communications Team on the first Tuesday of every month at 18:30 hours and our Search and Rescue Team on the third Thursday of every month at 18:30 hours and for those of you who want to attend courses especially where our time or cost is involved New Mexico Field Certification we would expect you to be regular attendees of these sessions.

Below we have listed in brief the types of volunteer we require and the level of experience and availability required, if after reading you still feel you can be useful to the organization then press the continue button at the end of this page to complete our registration form.

At Base volunteer

These volunteers will spend all their time in and around the Search Base and will never go out into the field actively searching, for this role you need have no specific experience as there are many jobs that need to be carried out at base as follows:

  • Signing in and out searchers.
  • Manning the radio or logging radio traffic.(Training available)
  • Answering the phones.
  • Calling up more volunteers.
  • Transporting searchers to and from the search site/staging area.
  • Checking in and out equipment allocated to the searchers.
  • Collecting food and supplies from local businesses.
  • Demobilization, in other words at the end of a search readying the equipment for the next search.

Initial Response Team volunteer

This is the most time consuming level of volunteer as you will be called out as soon as a search is activated. Primarily you will have knowledge of how to survive in the conditions of the season and an Initial Response volunteer in the winter may not necessarily be an Initial Response volunteer in the summer, you must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have or be training for your NMSAR Ground Search And Rescue certificate.
  • First Aid /CPR /AED training.(We supply training thru County Fire Dept.)
  • Be extremely fit.
  • High level of map, compass, gps and navigation skills.
  • Have a ready pack for the season that contains enough equipment to be able to spend at least one night in the outdoors.
  • Be available at any time and can arrange for time off work and family commitments at short notice quite often at inconvenient times of the day.

Second Wave volunteer

Once the Initial Response Team has gone out and performed a preliminary search and we know that the search is going to need to cover a wide area and last many hours we will start to call out more volunteers to replace those in the Initial Response Team and also to enable us to perform a more detailed search of a wider area. The requirements of such a volunteer are as follows:

  • Have or be training for your NMSAR Ground Search And Rescue certificate.
  • First Aid /CPR /AED training.(We supply training thru County Fire Dept.)
  • Be relatively fit.
  • Have a day pack for the season.
  • Be available for many hours at a time but not necessarily through the night or at short notice.

Third Wave volunteer

This volunteer would only be called as a last resort when we need to flood a search with volunteers (e.g. missing child in town). Your commitment would be minimal and is unlikely to interfere with work or family life. You do not need any specific experience and we would decide whether to call you based on the search we are conducting and your skill level.

All levels require attendance at monthly meetings to keep everyone up to speed on operations and procedures, not to mention becoming familair with other team members.

If you do not show up to a meeting in a 6 month period you will be dropped from the roster.

If this sounds like something you would be intrested in, click on continue tab below and fill out registration form.

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