|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes|
|Top of the Hill||by Tony Gaier , President|
The May evaluation was cancelled due to the current fire restrictions in the state. This month's evaluation is on June 17th, at 9:00AM. It will be a litter handling evaluation at Three Gun Springs Trailhead. I may change this location a week out from the evaluation to somewhere on the West Mesa if the fire restrictions are still in place. The July evaluation will be on the 22nd at 9:00AM. It will be a Search Techniques evaluation, and the location is still to be determined. If you plan to attend an evaluation please leave a voice message on the hotline as soon as possible.
The team is always looking for someone to volunteer to write an article for the newsletter. It doesn't have to be a novel. The subject is up to you but should be SAR related or in some way related to what we do.
It looks like it is going to be a hot summer. As you start to pull all your winter clothing and equipment out of your pack, don't forget to add extra water. Stay hydrated!
|Boots and Blisters||by Mike Dugger, Training Officer|
On April 29 six of our members attended the "4x4 101" class at Augie's in Belen. The morning consisted of lectures on various equipment such as winches, high-lift jacks, tires, and four-wheel drive systems. Several door prizes were given away, including gift certificates for Jeep parts, floor mats, tow straps, etc. In the afternoon we watched several new model Jeep vehicles tackle about eight different obstacles on a course set up in the lot next door. All the Jeeps did pretty well, and the course demonstrated the extra traction provided by locking differentials. When the new Jeeps were finished, Cibola members were given a chance to try their own vehicles on the course. Alex has some good pictures of us navigating obstacles. Our vehicles did well, too.
The May training was ESCAPE 2006, the annual New Mexico SAR conference at the Glorietta Conference Center near Santa Fe. We had about a dozen members at the conference by my count. This was my first ESCAPE in several years, and I thought it was excellent. The New Mexico Emergency Services Council should be congratulated on putting on a great conference. The program was organized into tracks, such as medical, technical, basic, management, etc. There was also a ham class and exam, which Alex took advantage of, becoming a new licensed ham at the conference. I spent all of my time in the medical track, and learned about new refresher and continuing education requirements for people operating under Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in New Mexico. These took effect in January, and this was the first I had heard of the new requirements. Eddie Baldwin did a terrific job explaining these as well as teaching other classes. Eddie is a nationally-registered EMT paramedic, also registered with EMS in NM and with a wilderness background. He really understands the complex training and licensing requirements for wilderness medical personnel in New Mexico.
The training for this month is a base camp/incident command system/rescue exercise on Sunday, June 11. Check the hotline for final details on location and time. The purpose of this training is to expose newer members to what goes on in base camp before field responders arrive, and while they are out in the field completing their assignments. Members should get a good idea of the strategy and challenges involved in managing a mission. Tom Russo conducted a similar event last year and it was excellent. This year Tom is teaming up with Bob Baker, our newest Field Coordinator, to conduct this training. I expect it will be excellent, and hope to see you out there.
Just a final reminder that this will be the last scheduled team training for the first six months of the year. Members who require additional training need to make this one, or try and set up an additional training on your own to meet the team's training requirements. I would be happy to work with anyone interested in setting up an additional training, but remember that they must be pre-approved by me for credit.
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Alex Fischer, Secretary|
Training: Mike was not present and Tony reminded everyone that Escape would be the 19th through the 21st. The June training is scheduled to be a mini-mock search. The July training is scheduled on the 15th to be an orienteering excercise.
Treasurer: Mark reported the income, expenses and balance.
Membership: Tom welcomed the new interested parties who attended the meeting and stated that he will be checking the training reports to make sure all the training and evaluations are up to date on the database.
Gear: Two of the new team radios are ready to be checked out, and one of the old radios is also available.
PR Committee: A PR Committee meeting is scheduled for 1800 at Kelly's on Central on the 25th.
Pager Committee: Alpha-numeric one-way pagers or simple reply pagers range in price from 29.95 - 59.95. Service or airtime varies. Monthly service is 15.99/mo, quarterly service amounts to 14.99/mo, and annual service comes to 13.99/mo. This could be an option to replace pager 1, pager 2, and the treetop pagers. Aaron will put together a motion/recommendation and post it in an email and next months newsletter in order to bring this to the table next month.
Presidents Report: Upcoming evaluations May 27, 0900 at Embudito TH, may be moved to Elaina Gallegos because of wilderness closures. Saturday June 17th at 0900 a litter handling eval will be at Three Gun Springs TH. Tony reminded everyone that the cancellation requirement for evaluations is up to the evaluators, and that he has chosen to leave his cancellation time at 2100 the Friday prior to the evaluation. Old Business: none
New Business: The members in attendance discussed the ramifications of Bernalillo County Fire Dept. taking on SAR missions in Wilderness areas that previously were handled by the State Police with activation of volunteer teams.
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