|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes|
|Pinching Pennies||Who's Who and New||Public Relations|
|Medical News||Mini Lesson||Web News|
|Top of the Hill||by Tom Russo , President|
James has set up two great trainings this month, Search Techniques on Sunday the 11th of February, and a winter overnight bivy on Saturday, the 24th. Please show him your support and attend as many trainings as you can. While we only require two trainings every six months, the few subjects we do get asked to help deserve better than minimally practiced skills.
Jeff Phillips presented a "strawman" callout worksheet at our January meeting, and the team generally agreed that his suggestion should be implemented. I have written database programs to generate those worksheets, and we are now set to use the new worksheet instead of the old "deploying now, can deploy later, cannot deploy" scratch paper.
All pager 1, pager 2, and tops of trees are asked to keep a current worksheet on hand to record voicemail responses. We ought to have a brief review session soon on how to handle callouts as a team pager handler. In the meantime, please read the old "pager minilesson" on the team website, and familiarize yourself with the new callout worksheet. It can be accessed as "callout worksheet" under "member information" or from inside the "mission recording worksheet" page under "Pager Handler Info."
David began a nice tradition at our January meeting, asking all attendees to wear name tags. With so many new faces every month, it would be good to keep names attached to them on a regular basis. Part of what makes this team strong is the camaraderie we've worked so hard to build over the years. Thank you, David, for helping get our new members into that culture!
It has occasionally been mentioned at meetings that there has been a long-standing tradition of team members going out to dinner at a local restaurant after meetings. But we have seldom made a point of making sure that all members knew it was open to all. Starting in February, our final item of business before adjourning will be to choose a place to eat, and invite everyone, new and old. I hope this will tighten the bonds between our members even more.
|Boots and Blisters||by James Newberry, Training Officer|
To carry the winter training theme one step further, the annual WINTER BIVY has finally been finalized. The snow was so good at the Ellis Trailhead area that I decided to move the bivy to there and to the weekend of Feb. 24th and 25th. (so our Quad athletes can come play too). Be prepared, it will be cold.
February's regularly scheduled training will be on Search Techniques, taught by Joyce Rumschlag at Bear canyon (east end of Spain), 9 am on the 11th. Joyce always does a bang-up job. I highly recommend that everyone attends. Its rumored that the little green pots might even show up.
Feb. 21st is the sign up date for the NMMC rock climbing school. See the NMMC website at http://www.swcp.com/climbrocks/ for more info.
The next evaluation will be search techniques on March 4, 2001 at Embudo trailhead at the East end of Indian School. 9 am Sharp!
March 10, 2001 training will be on litter handling, lead by Mickey Jojola. I'm told it will be one of the most interesting litter trainings Cibola has had in a while. Be there or be square!
One last Thought from the VP: "Live to Train - Train that others may live"
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Jeff Phillips, Secretary|
And now on to the MINUTES OF THE 11 JANUARY, 2001 BUSINESS MEETING
Tom welcomed members: Dennis Barnhart, Michael Bridges, Doug Davenport, David Dixon, Paul Donovan, Paul Dressendorfer, Mike Dugger, Art Fischer, Tony Gaier, Danielle Groeling, Aaron Hall, Terry Hardin, Adam Hernandez, Charlie Irland, Mickey Jojola, Steve Kolk, Brian Lematta, Larry Mervine, Chris Murray, Andy Nielsen, Nancy O'Neill, Jeff Phillips, Ellie Robinson, Joyce Rumschlag, Tom Russo, John Tomlinson
Familiar faces: Curtis Crutcher, Erick Wankel, Lili Ziesmann, and Mike Ziesmann, and new attendees: Erik Boyer, Janice Campos, David Chapek, Larry Ebaugh, William Hawk, Steve Hochmann, Abel Madrid, and James B. Matteucci.
Tom then had everyone in attendance introduce themselves and tell their status on the team.
David reminded members of the 3-2-1 and certification requirements in order to become and remain active and field certified.
Jeff presented a prototype Callout Worksheet as a potential solution to recent concerns. A web-based form will be created by Tom and should be tested for a few months.
Brian discussed by-laws in the context of reporting to the state corporation commission.
|Pinching Pennies||by Brian Lematta, Treasurer|
Mr. Hayes suffered ligament damage to his ankle, and also fractured his fibula about two inches below the knee. A surgically placed screw should have been removed by the time this edition of Lost ... and Found is published, and he should be out of his cast and off crutches.
Mr. Hayes described his donation as "meager compared to the care and effort that everyone provided me." In fact, it may represent the single largest donation the team has ever received from a rescue subject. Tom Russo has written a thank you letter to Keith on behalf of the team. Both letters are available for you to read, if you like.
|Who's Who and New||by David Dixon, Membership Officer|
We are also losing three members who resigned in the last month: Steve Meserole, Brian Murray and Nancy O'Neill. We appreciate everything they did for Cibola and wish them well.
I would like to take my column space to review membership requirements. Of course all this is covered in the Member Guide, but hey, who has time to really read all that stuff and be ready for missions at the same time? So here's my part to keep you knowledgeable and up to date. Read carefully now and don't fall asleep.
After orientation you become a prospective member and have a minimum of six months and maximum of one year to complete the following: pass all 3 evaluations, attend 3 meetings and 2 trainings, and pass the PACE exam. Once you become a member, Cibola encourages you to follow our 3-2-1 guideline of 3 meetings, 2 trainings, and 1 mission every six months. But the important responsibilities are a minimum of 2 trainings every six months (Jan.-June, July-Dec.) and passing the 3 evaluations in the calendar year. You will become unavailable for missions (Not Avail.) if you do not attend the minimum 2 trainings in six months, and will lose your membership if you do not attend 2 more trainings in the next six month period. You become available again as soon as you attend those 2 trainings. To stay field certified for missions you must pass the 3 evaluations every calendar year. If you do not do so you are not field certified (NFC), and can not go into the field until you pass the evals you are missing. Active members that are available but NFC can still work incident base and get credit for missions by calling the hotline.
One of my jobs as membership officer is to keep track of all this member information and every six months do a review with the other officers. It's not fun to send out letters but that's the last step if some requirements are not met. I might call someone if they are in need of an upcoming event (to keep from sending you a letter!) but it is obviously your responsibility to keep yourself on track. In addition to knowing these membership requirements and keeping up with trainings and evaluations you can also check the online records in the "Members Only" area after an event to make sure you were given credit for it. Lastly, don't forget to sign in at trainings and make sure your sheet is turned in at evaluations. We all want to stay active and field ready for missions.
There will be a PACE exam at the Dona Ana Sheriff Grounds in Las Cruces on Saturday, February 24 at 10 a.m. That is the same day as our winter bivy but the exam may have precedence over a training for some of you. See or contact me as soon as possible if you are interested in attending. The next scheduled exam after that is at ESCAPE (the annual SAR conference) in May.
|Mini Lesson||by David Dixon|
The SAR Pack (Part 1) appeared as a Mini-Lesson in the October 1998 issue of the Cibola newsletter. It is available online in the non-member section. It was an overview of the SAR pack by season, contents, and included some pack tips. I encourage you to read it. In this part I will not talk about all the specific pack contents outlined in Part 1, but will expand on important aspects further gleaned from an additional two and a half years of search and rescue participation. As with the first article, the contents of the following are based on NM state requirements and Cibola SAR philosophy, but also the opinions of the author.
Before buying a pack make sure you try it on loaded with enough weight and adjust it according to pack instructions. Most good packs are meant for a specific size torso. Measure yours (or have the store do it) and make sure the pack fits your size. The pack should ride and tighten well right on your hips. If you find one that seems right, wear it loaded around the store. If the torso doesn't feel right, if the straps don't work well, if the sternum strap is too high or other important structural needs keep it from fitting right put it down and keep looking. If the store doesn't know how to measure your torso, if they don't seem to know about packs or have a problem with you filling it and wearing it around, go to another store. Also, unless you've tried on the one you're ordering don't buy from mail order or online. You'll probably end up sending it back. A good pack should have all of the following: a wide, padded waist belt, padded back and shoulder straps, adjustable sternum strap, torso adjustments, compression straps, some external pockets and loops and be of strong nylon construction.
There are two types of internal packs to consider, top-loaders and panel-loaders. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Top loaders have one, deep main compartment which makes it a stronger pack but also makes accessing items on the bottom a pain. (To make this an easier task keep items you don't use as often on the bottom.) Panel loaders have a large main zipper in the front, which makes getting at pack contents easier. But the zipper weakens the pack and if it breaks in the field you're screwed. Make sure this type has compression straps to relieve tension on the zipper.
How much is a good pack? You don't need to spend hundreds. REI and other sources have fine quality internals for around $100. On the other hand you probably aren't going to find a decent pack for a lot less.
A good pack size for this weight range is 2500-3500 cubic inches. You don't want a pack that is too small with stressed seams, nor one that weighs more with lots of extra room. I have an extended trip pack of 5200 cu. in. that is just too big even for all my incidental winter gear. If you bring a big pack as a backup, though, it could be used for carrying ropes, water or other supplies to a subject. But not if its loaded with too much weight.
Most sources will recommend a pack that is no more than 30% of your weight. But realize that is 66 lbs. for a 220 lb. man, a weight many big boys couldn't carry for miles, especially while handling a litter, even if they are in the best of shape.
It really helps to have some items like compass, paper/pencil, and GPS readily available. Consider adding an extra pouch at the chest or waist for these small and oft-used items. Most of us have also discovered the convenience of a water tube and nozzle. I use a couple of liter bottles in my side pockets.
Even in summer your arms should be protected from sun and brush. Try a synthetic T-shirt covered with a light non-cotton or blend long-sleeve top. Button sleeves allow you to roll them up at times. (There is a reason Arabs wear loose, flowing, white garments).
What should your winter clothing layers be? There is no perfect combination that fits everyone for either season. It will take some trial and error on your part to finally decide. What you ultimately take away from incident base will also be reflective of the mission, terrain, weather and other conditions at the time. What generally works for me as a winter minimum is a light or medium weight first layer, expedition weight second and wearing or carrying a medium to heavy weight fleece insulating top and raingear. I hike in the medium or light weight and fleece if it's cold and make adjustments if it's warmer. In most stationary situations the dry expedition weight fleece and raingear is sufficient when stopped. You should also have on fleece or wool hand and headwear. Some might be comfortable hiking in just a medium weight or medium plus core-warming vest combination. If severe conditions are expected or if you get cold easily you should consider adding a down jacket. As you have heard before nothing warms like down. But beware! If you are in wet conditions, and this includes snow, you should cover the down jacket with your rainwear. If it becomes wet from the outside or inside it will be a heavy, useless, heat sucker. Your bottom doesn't lose heat like your torso and layering needs are probably less down there. I can usually get by with a light or medium first layer, expedition second plus raingear. Just the expedition under your rainwear might be enough. Always wear your gaiters in snow and even rainwear bottoms. Fleece can pick up snow like a magnet and then melt. Not so with nylon or slicker blends.
The one winter item that always comes into question is a sleeping bag. Here again you need to consider weight and size. A bag, even a light down one, still might be too big to stuff into your winter pack. If it will fit and doesn't max out your weight by all means carry it. It may end up saving the life of a hypothermic subject. I have taken mine on only a few missions though. In most cases I have my down jacket in serious winter conditions and it serves me as a torso sleeping bag. Wearing all my layers including the down jacket will keep me warm in all but the most severe of conditions. I can even survive, albeit a little uncomfortable, a cold night in these layers huddled in my bivy bag.
Another item worth mentioning is a stove. As with the warmth of a sleeping bag, warm liquids will do wonders for the hypothermic subject. There are many stoves on the market, but most are a pound or more not including fuel. Add another pound for an aluminum pan and food items and weight again becomes a factor. The answer most of us have found is the collapsible, tablet type (Esbit is one brand). If you stay with a small pan or sierra cup and a light menu of teas, broth and sugar drinks you can get the whole unit to a pound. I also carry a dehydrated meal that only weighs a few more ounces.
|Public Relations||by Larry Mervine|
|Medical News||by Mike Dugger|
It has been about 9 months since the last group of WFRs completed training. Fortunately, we still have plenty of time for these folks to meet their continuing education requirements before their registration expires. Appointment of a new CE coordinator is receiving top priority by our officers, and I'm sure that before the March business meeting we will have a new CE coordinator. Our previous CE coordinator has been asked to pass along all the information she collected regarding CE coordination and medical credits to the secretary, so that the next CE coordinator does not have to collect all of this information again.
|Web News||by Tom Russo|
Mike has recently updated our photo gallery with new training photos, added a
training debrief page for the December Land Nav training/Keith Hayes mission,
and added a handout for the January Winter Shelters training. And Mike has
also begun to take on most of the newsletter duties that I've been handling
for the last three years, from nagging contributors about the deadline to
prepping the final edition for copying. I truly appreciate that Mike and
Larry have taken such an interest in helping with the site.
The team website can be accessed at http://www.cibolasar.org/
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