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About Socorro Search and Rescue


Socorro SAR Founder
Georce Macleod, founder of Socorro SAR

In 1971, a Socorro High School teacher fell and broke his leg while climbing the Sierra Ladrones mountains. After he was rescued, the State Police asked for a Search and Rescue team to be formed in this area. The NMIMT Gymnasium supported the team and a student club was formed.


Socorro Search and Rescue (SSAR) is a volunteer organization whose members consist primarily of NMT students. SSAR acts as a member team of the New Mexico Search and Rescue Council. We provide primary Search and Rescue capabilities to Socorro county, as well as back-up support for the entire state. Because of the importance of this task, our members are required to attend team sponsored training sessions and are further encouraged to attend statewide trainings. Members must supply their own basic backpacking equipment. The team maintains a cache of more specialized rescue and first aid equipment including stokes litters, first aid supplies, and additional radio equipment.

Paint the M 2019

Community Involvement

Each year SSAR assists with New Mexico Tech's Paint the M and Elfego Baca Golf Shoot, events that take place during 49ers. Members also volunteer for the Science Olympiad

Basic membership requirements:

- You must have the basic personal equipment to survive overnight in the wilderness.

- You must have training in the basic skills involved in search and rescue. (The team will provide these skills.)

- You must be willing to sacrifice some time, money and energy for training, practice, and actual searches.

Please email socorrosearch[at] with any questions.

You can subscribe to the email list by joining our Google Group.

Socorro SAR operates both as a student club under the Student Association of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and as a member of the New Mexico Search and Rescue Council under the direct authority of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the New Mexico State Police.