Find­ing the lost, help­ing the in­jured

All-vol­un­teer Taos Search and Res­cue hones skills

The Taos News - - VECINOS - —Staff re­port

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.

Mor­gan Timms

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.

Mor­gan Timms

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.

Mor­gan Timms

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.

Mor­gan Timms

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.

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