Top of the Hill|
Bronze Boot Award
This Month's Feature
Boots and Blisters|
Who's Who and New
On the Right Track
Business as Usual|
|Top of the Hill||by Michael T. Dugger, President|
In addition to the information regularly prepared by the officers each month, the newsletter includes two new features designed to help us get to know one another better, and recognize outstanding contributions by members. My thanks to Chuck and Mary Girven and Mickey Jojola for turning this concept and our discussions into reality.
Recent events have provided reminders of what we already know, and have indicated subjects on which we need to focus. The philosophy of various members differ on this subject, but I prefer to go into the field ready for anything. We can never be sure how a mission will develop, and I think it is important to be able to take care of ourselves in the field for at least 24 hours. That's why you'll see me carry my entire pack even if I'm just running up the trail for a few miles to help out on a litter evacuation. Cibola members ended up "bailing out" a few searchers on a recent mission. On another subject, I would like to develop a standard procedure for packaging a subject into a litter. Granted it must be flexible enough to accommodate various injuries, but I think we can come up with a system that provides this flexibility and yet is familiar to us all, so that we can get the subject secured quickly and effectively. Some of us worked on a packaging scheme at the overnight training at Capilla Peak. Kudos to our training officer for picking such a beautiful location, and providing a great opportunity to test out our rain gear. We will practice litter packaging at future trainings.
|Boots and Blisters||by Larry Mervine, Training Officer|
After dark, Larry, Dave, Chuck and Bob hid from the dogs. To my surprise I was found by Mickey and Catherine's dogs. Everyone should take a turn at (playing lost subject) hiding from the search dogs. When it was time to find Chuck and Bob, the weather turned bad. I could hear Chuck over the radio saying the fog was moving in and it was hard to see. Mary, her dog, Chuck and Bob started back to the camping spot when the sky opened up. It rained for about an hour and a half.
Lessons Learned: We have not searched much in the rain, but after this bivy I will review what I carry in my pack. One very important point: if you carry rain gear, wear them. Rain gear does no good in your pack. A good time to put on your rain gear is before it starts to rain. Is the sleeping spot you have chosen slightly up or down hill so water will drain or is it in a low spot where water collects? We need to practice setting up temporary shelters.
For breakfast we stopped at the Ponderosa on Route 337. Did not see Little Joe. Ha!
|Business as Usual||by John Mindock, Secretary|
|Pinching Pennies||by Melissa Smith, Treasurer|
|Who's Who and New||by Bruce Berry, Membership|
The mentors for the above perspective members will be asked to speak at the regular business meeting on behalf of their mentee. So, mentors, come prepared.
Another note, the officers are doing a quarterly review of all membership based on the June, 1996 review. Another review will be completed looking at attendance since June. Some members were placed on a "no mission" status and will be reviewed for full active status.
If anyone knows someone who has not been attending CSAR functions, call them up and ask them to attend. If anyone has any membership concerns, contact the membership officers: Bruce Berry and Tom Rice.
|Gearing Up||by Melinda Crouch, Equipment|
|Public Relations||by Chuck Girven, Public Relations|
On Sunday we started at the same time with a dog demo at 1030. This was a great crowd pleaser with over 25 people attending. Mary Berry and J.C. did a tracking demonstration while Mickey Jojola and Jake did a demo on air scent which was a big draw. At 1430 we again did a litter demonstration. There was quite a bit of interest in our exhibit and many questions were asked about search and rescue.
CFC Presentation, September 4, 1996
Mike Dugger made a presentation to about 150 "key worker" trainees for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) on September 4, 1996 at Kirtland Air Force Base. These trainees are responsible for getting people in their respective organizations to donate money for community service. Mike made a 10 minute presentation, and showed some video coverage of SAR activities on the mission to recover the three fallen climbers. This was a great opportunity for us to tell people who CSAR is and what we do. Several people approached Mike after his presentation to ask about joining the team!
|On the Right Track||by Mickey Jojola, K-9|
During the past months the K-9 committee has drafted a Membership Guidelines for K-9 Handlers in Cibola SAR. This short (but sweet) document should be finished as soon as our evaluation guidelines are in place. Anyone interested in reviewing these guidelines should contact either Mary Berry or me for a copy.
In the past couple of months handlers on the team have had some pretty good trainings. Our first official training took place July 20-21. This was a joint training with the Bernalillo Mounted Sheriff Posse. The K-9 training went quite well for the dogs that attended. The Sheriff's Posse was very responsive to our training needs (i.e. distraction with their horses). Larry put on a very good map and compass training for their team. But, the highlight of the training weekend (this was an overnighter) was the Army National Guard helicopter which the BCSP was able to procure. All the dogs, horses, and ground team members present did very well with the exercises available.
Our August training was also very successful. This was a night training exercise which took place with a Cibola bivy at Capilla Peak on August 24-25. My hat is off to Larry for his excellent training opportunity.
Well I've run my mouth (or in this case computer) off enough. I look forward to working with all of you in the coming months. If anyone is interested in working with the K-9 committee, just give either Mary Berry or me a call. SEE YA!
|Member Spotlight: Mike Dugger|
I was born in Pulaski, Tennessee several hundred moons ago. My family moved to Chicago when I was in grammar school. I met my wife-to-be Lisa while a junior in high school. We dated through high school and college at the University of Illinois. We were finally married in 1985, while I was a graduate student of Materials Science at Northwestern University. Those were the best of times, and the worst of times. We both formed some lasting friendships during those years. I think adversity forges strong bonds between those who share the experience. I received my doctorate in 1990 and moved to Albuquerque to work at Sandia Labs. I have always enjoyed the outdoors, but got into it in a big way after moving west, since the midwest is a wasteland devoid of National Parks or mountains. We currently live in the east mountains with our two "kids," our dogs Nebo and Sandy. I joined Cibola in 1994, and search and rescue has become a large part of who I am. I'm forging some lasting friendships as part of CSAR, too. We're not sharing adversity so much as sharing the experience of coming together with a common goal - to help someone we don't know, who is in need. I've found that it can have a profound effect on your outlook on life! We have had a busy year so far with some memorable (and tragic) missions, and we're just getting into hunting season. Weather forecasters are predicting above average precipitation this winter. Its time to start getting that winter gear ready. We may spend a lot more time in our snowshoes than in the past. I'll see you out there.
|The Bronze Boot Award|
This month we'd like to spotlight Training Officer, Larry Mervine for creating a waterbed at the Capilla Peak Bivy on August 24-25.
|Web News||by Mary Girven, Webmaster|
We're currently looking for a permanent internet service provider. Contact Mary Girven at 844-1570 if you have any ideas. We have certain requirements that need to be discussed.
If you'd like to preview what we have so far, the URL where the site is being developed is http://bali.ms.sandia.gov/csar. Members can contact Mary to get the team password.
|NMESC Notes||by Mickey Jojola|
|This Month's Feature Article: Hypothermia|
Humans are homeothermic. Maintaining life requires body core temperature in a very narrow range: 96° to 101°F.
II. Heat Loss
III. Heat Production Factors
IV. Physiologic Responses to Decreased Body Core Temperature
The Hypothermia article will be continued in the next issue.
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|Disclaimer:||This information was gathered from many sources and presents facts as we believe them to be true. This is not meant to be an official document, but a means to disseminate team information.|