The New Mexico Search and Rescue Act became law in 1978. It is considered by many to authorize one of the most efficient search and rescue systems in the United States.
All search and rescue missions in New Mexico are conducted by the New Mexico State Police, with assistance from a wide range of trained volunteers. A lost or injured person, or their family, will not receive a bill from the State of New Mexico or from New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue for the operation.
Many times aircraft from the New Mexico State Police, New Mexico National Guard or Border Patrol may be used on a search and rescue mission. Those agencies also will not send a bill for their services.
However, if a private air ambulance service is used to transport a subject for a medical emergency, they may bill the subject.