Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Santa Fe Municipal Airport and the Santa Fe Civil Air Patrol Squadron Host Search and Rescue Expo, Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Santa Fe Municipal Airport and the Santa Fe Civil Air Patrol Squadron (CAP) are hosting our first ever Search and Rescue (SAR) Expo at the airport on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The Expo will showcase ground and air search and rescue organizations that are ready to serve the Santa Fe community 24/7 in the event of a lost hiker, downed aircraft, or other emergency.

“I was very excited when CAP approached me about having an expo here at the airport.  I’m pleased that we are able to offer them an opportunity to do this and hope it will become an annual event,” noted Francey Jesson, Airport Manager.

The event is free and will be from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop by and learn about the people and equipment that support search and rescue in the Santa Fe area. Displays include a National Guard helicopter, CAP aircraft and mobile operations center, the airport’s aircraft firefighting vehicle, and urban and mountain rescue gear. Additionally, the Atalaya and Santa Fe SAR teams, Santa Fe County’s technical rescue team, and the state’s Urban SAR Bureau will be represented.

“CAP looks forward to showing the public how we and our partner agencies can help during state, local, or individual emergencies”, stated Major John Gravel, New Mexico CAP Deputy Commander.

The Expo will be on the north ramp of the airport near Sierra Aviation (look for signs). At 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. there will be a CAP aircraft flyover and communications demonstration. Ground team emergency locator demonstrations will be ongoing.

For information about the Expo, call 505-603-8791 or see

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