ESCAPE is the NMSARC annual statewide conference. “ESCAPE” stands for “Emergency Services Council Annual Preparedness Event”. (NMSARC is also incorporated under the name “New Mexico Emergency Services Council” and went by that name only until a few years ago.)
Volunteers from throughout the state meet to network and train on all aspects of effective search and rescue. The three-day conference also has a trade show, featuring the latest in search and rescue gear and outdoor performance clothing.
Among the training programs that are offered include: winter survival and search skills; medical assessment; canine cadaver training; basic search and rescue gear and search techniques; the Incident Command System; map and compass exercises; helicopter rescues and landing zone safety; high and low angle rescue; lightning safety; field trauma medical training; amateur HAM radio review; and horse, atv, snowmobile and canine training.
One of the biggest events that take place during ESCAPE is Field Certification. Successfully completing this test helps ensure that SAR volunteers don’t go out in the field unprepared. The testing includes gear and clothing check, compass field test, and a written test.
ESCAPE is held at various locales around the state.
Our yearly General Meeting is also held during ESCAPE. During that meeting, new members to the board are elected.