Ground Team: The core of Search and Rescue is this State Certified team which quickly responds to missing subjects using simple but effective search techniques.
sUAS (Drone) Team: The eyes-in-the-sky team uses remote operated small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly known as drones, to search and assist in locating subjects.
ATV Team: A critical asset for supporting the other teams and for working large areas quickly. These vehicles are commonly used to transport injured subjects to the nearest medical help or transport.
Dog Team: A great way to find missing subjects when the timing and conditions are favorable. This team performs routine training to be mission ready.
Team members provide their own personal trail gear (boots, clothing, packs & basic survival materials). DACSAR maintains an inventory of team gear (e.g. radios, ropes, litters etc.) for mission use.
"Wherever we go in the mountains we find more than we seek." - John Muir, naturalist 1838-1914
Dona Ana County Search and Rescue (DACSAR) is an all-volunteer non-profit Search and Rescue (SAR) team based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. WE search for, locate and rescue those who have gone missing in wilderness areas and along urban margins. WE dedicate time, energy and resources each month to train, support SAR missions and run the team.
WE consist of people like you, who enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, hunting, climbing, and camping. The primary requirement for membership is an interest in wilderness search and rescue and a desire to serve our New Mexico community.
By joining search and rescue YOU develop knowledge and skills in: wilderness preparedness, tracking and survival; first-aid and CPR; GPS and map & compass navigation; and search techniques. Developing this knowledge and these skills YOU become more attuned to your environment and often enhance your personal wilderness experience.
If you have an interest in the outdoors and want to give back to your community… JOIN US!