Ground Unit members train in various methods of search proficiency to be able to respond to multiple conditions, weather, and terrain throughout the year. These methods include:

  • Search methods such as line search and hasty search, and searching at night.
  • First aid techniques, especially those relevant for wilderness locations.
  • Downed aircraft search with Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT)
  • Navigation, with GPS and map/compass
  • Radio communications
  • Air support interface (helicopters, planes)
  • Winter search and rescue, including cold weather travel, avalanche, hypothermia and more.
  • Swiftwater search and rescue
  • Crime scene preservation
  • Man-tracking

Our Full Members are required to achieve the New Mexico State Field Certification for Search & Rescue in order to meet the highest terms of professionalism for search & rescue volunteers.