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Who We Are

Cibola Search and Rescue is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is an all-volunteer wilderness search and rescue team that responds to and supports search and rescue incidents throughout New Mexico. The team primarily provides ground search and rescue response capabilities, as well as incident communications, drone searching, wilderness medical capabilities, and 4×4 vehicle support.

Mission Activation

Cibola SAR only responds to SAR missions that have been authorized through the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and have been appropriately dispatched. The team does not dispatch or respond independently. If you have an emergent situation, and believe you need search and rescue, please call 911 immediately.

How Do I Become a Member

If you’re interested in joining CiSAR, please fill out our Contact Form to learn about the process necessary for attending our “Prospective New Member Orientation“. **Please note, the New Member Orientation for 2024 is now full. The New Member Orientation for 2025 will open on January 1, 2025**

Membership in Cibola SAR is earned by completing the New Member Course. This course consists of a series of online and in-person training modules and lessons. It covers a variety of fundamental SAR related skills and knowledge. After completing the course, and being accepted as a member, you will then be able to respond to SAR missions.

Members are then expected to meet certain annual and biannual requirements in order to remain a member of the team.


In New Mexico, there is no charge to the public for any Search and Rescue effort by state or volunteer resources. (Does not apply to commercial air or ground ambulance transportation). Anyone donating money, equipment, or services to the volunteers who participate on a search and rescue mission should mail the donation, or notification, to the New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC), PO Box 339, Albuquerque, NM 87190.

Monthly Meeting

Our regular business/team meeting is held monthly (except for December). While we are not affiliated with any religious organization, the congregation of Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church graciously provides us with a meeting space.