Club Spotlight: Socorro Search and Rescue
If you have wandered through Fidel during the club fair, or have hiked M mountain on 49ers, you may have noticed these neon-clad, gear-toting individuals. Socorro Search and Rescue (SAR) is an entirely volunteer group of mainly Tech students who are united by our desire to help others and our love of the outdoors. We are the folks who get called when someone doesn’t come back from a hike, when a car is found on the side of the road with no sign of the owner, or when backpackers activate their emergency beacon deep in the mountains. We respond to calls at all hours in all weather, in Socorro, Catron, and Sierra counties and farther afield.
It is challenging but highly rewarding work, as any member of the team will tell you. As an active member for over two years now, I have been on numerous searches in places I would never have heard of otherwise. I can attest that participating in SAR is an unparalleled experience, and some of the most meaningful work I have done in college. The club provides all the training and information you need, then you turn right around and apply that in the field helping people. You learn a lot about leadership, teamwork, and overcoming challenges, and discover how much you are capable of.
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM in Jones Annex 106. For more information check out the website, nmt.edu/~ssar, or on Facebook.