Finding the lost, helping the injured
All-volunteer Taos Search and Rescue hones skills
For more than 35 years, lost or injured hikers, hunters, skiers and others have relied on Taos Search and Rescue to find them and get them to safety. Their members include people skilled in high-angle rescue, K9 searches, swiftwater, drone flyovers and more. They are ready to respond at all hours of the night or day, yearround.
The all-volunteer group is supported entirely by donations. They receive no government funding. Currently they are raising funds for a badly needed building.
The group is always looking for volunteers devoted to service who have a love of the outdoors. They offer extensive training in a variety of areas.
At a training exercise recently near Carson, TSAR went through a rigorous daylong training.
To find out more or to join, sar-taos.org.
Training officer Chris Kodey, of Taos, ascends a cliff face while handling the litter with help from L.J. Knowles on Saturday (July 28) during Taos Search and Rescue’s high-angle rescue training by the Río Grande Gorge.
Above right: K-9 Unit President Delinda Vanne Brightyn teaches volunteers how to input the coordinates of their search area into the GPS Saturday (July 28) before Taos Search and Rescue’s K-9 ground search training at base camp.
Above left: Using emergency locator transmitter (ELT) search techniques, medical unit leader Roy Dunlap, technical rescue unit leader Richard McCracken and training officer Chris Kodey work to locate a downed aircraft inside the Río Grande Gorge Saturday (July 28) during Taos Search and Rescue’s training mission in Carson.
Taos Search and Rescue members Jim Hoffman and Ben Bugge hoist up litter attendant Chris Kodey from the side of a cliff Saturday (July 28) during Taos Search and Rescue’s high angle rescue training by the Río Grande Gorge.