Top of the Hill|
Bronze Boot Award
This Month's Articles
Boots and Blisters|
Who's Who and New
On the Right Track
Business as Usual|
|Top of the Hill||by Mike Dugger|
Now for some words on policy. As we continue to practice and gain proficiency at litter packaging and tieing, we must consider how this task fits into the flow of events on a real mission, and how it fits within our policy on rendering medical aid in the field. CSAR’s policy on rendering medical aid, as described in the new CSAR Member Guide, states that:
"SAR volunteers are permitted by law to care for and treat injured or sick
persons. However, the basic duties of Cibola SAR volunteers shall be
limited to the tasks associated with the location and evacuation of such
persons. Cibola SAR volunteers may provide basic emergency first aid, or
other medical assistance, but only to the extent to which they are trained
and certified to provide such care.
When a Cibola SAR volunteer performs medical care in the field, it is
expected that he/she will perform such care adequately and consistently
with the standard of care required by their certification. A paramedic or
EMT can only perform those acts in the field that are permitted without
medical direction or control. Cibola SAR volunteers who have not been
trained and certified to give emergency medical care or other medical
assistance shall not under any circumstances provide, or assist in
providing, any medical care, except for the basic necessities of blankets
When a Cibola SAR volunteer performs medical care in the field, it is expected that he/she will perform such care adequately and consistently with the standard of care required by their certification. A paramedic or EMT can only perform those acts in the field that are permitted without medical direction or control. Cibola SAR volunteers who have not been trained and certified to give emergency medical care or other medical assistance shall not under any circumstances provide, or assist in providing, any medical care, except for the basic necessities of blankets and water."
The policy goes on to say that if you do provide aid, or do not provide aid when you were obliged to do so by your medical certification, the team and its members are not responsible for the consequences. Since litter packaging and tieing is intimately connected with the location and extent of the subject's injuries, an obvious question arises. Where does injury assessment end (read "medically qualified"), and litter evacuation begin? We have yet to address the specifics of this issue as a team, but my response to the question goes like this: If the subject is injured, Incident Command Staff will put a qualified medical person on scene to assess injuries and direct evacuation. CSAR members will always follow the instructions of trained medical responders for preparing a subject for litter evacuation. At the same time, it is useful for all of us to understand the basic goals of a packaging and tieing system, so that we can act with confidence when asked by the medical responder on scene to perform some of these duties. Our goal should therefore be to understand how to prepare a subject for transport, in as comfortable and secure a manner as possible, with the realization that the trained medical provider on scene may have their own (different) preferred techniques for doing this.
|Boots and Blisters||by Larry Mervine|
|Business as Usual||by John Mindock|
|Pinching Pennies||by Melissa Smith|
There will be a copy of the 10 months ended October 31, 1996 financial statements and other financial data available for review at the November business meeting.
|Who's Who and New||by Bruce Berry|
There are no new members due for active membership in November, however, Ella May Robinson and Robert Schwartz are due for active membership in December. There will be a new member orientation given before the November meeting for a few of the new folks. This will be the first time using the new Member Guide. I hope that the new members like it better than the old version.
Hey Mentors, when was the last time you called your Mentee and asked them how it was going? When was the last time you did a pack breakdown on your Mentee or for that matter on anyone on the team? Did any of you know that there are some people on the team that are hiking every trail in the Sandia Mountains? They are going a few times a week to different trails. Ask around and find out who it is if you are interested in joining them for some exercise and a great way to learn the trails in the mountains.
A last note for everyone. Go through your packs, top to bottom, and make sure that you have everything you think you might need (see recommended gear list in the Member Guide). Then add all the cold weather gear that you will need for those winter searches. Why? One mission that just happened on the Sandia Mountains greeted most of us with 32 degree temperature and 30 mph winds, and that was at midnight. The temperature went down from there as the night progressed. Mentors, make sure your pack is ready to go, and then make sure that your Mentee's pack is ready to go. It can be rather uncomfortable not to have that extra jacket or vest when the temperature drops. It is that time of year.
|Gearing Up||by Chuck Girven|
A deal is being negotiated for the acquisition of a set of CDs of topo maps of all of New Mexico. The contour lines are a little coarser than our 7.5 minute maps we are used to. But for out of district missions, they will be a great asset to us.
Thanks to Steve Attaway of AMRC. We are putting together an order for Petzl Erin Roc helmets. Bring your money to the November meeting or contact Bob Ulibari as soon as possible to get in on this offer.
We are awaiting team approval for purchasing the litter equipment we discussed at the October meeting.
Contact Melinda for the time and date of the next equipment meeting.
|Public Relations||by Chuck Girven|
Just a reminder, if anyone would like to borrow any of the yearbooks to show family members what you do, just let me know.
We will try to get a team photo at the December meeting, so please wear or bring your orange shirts.
|On the Right Track||by Mickey Jojola|
I have set a tentative training schedule for the next three months. It should prove to be fun and informative. The next training will be held on Sunday, November 24. We will be working on a harness system for the dogs in the event they should be lowered (or raised) into an area. The trainings are scheduled as follows:
|Sunday, November 24||1400-1600 at Chuck and Mary's house|
|Thursday, November 21||K-9 committee meeting at 7:00 location TBA|
|Saturday, December 14||1400-?? Obedience training at the Albuquerque International Airport|
|Sunday, January 5||1400-?? K-9 committee meeting/training (the training game)|
|Member Spotlight: John Mindock|
Currently, I am a volunteer Wilderness Information Specialist for the Sandia District of the United States Forest Service. In this capacity, I hike the trails in the district, reporting (and often repairing) trail hazards, educating trail users, and promoting ethical wilderness standards. I also teach classes in wilderness topics for USFS volunteers. Another organization to which I belong is the New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors. This group performs trail maintenance projects throughout the state, for various state and federal agencies. In SAR, I am an elected member of the NMESC Board and chair of the Training Committee. I also serve on the ESCAPE committee, and was the instigator for using ICS for the first time in that event's history. It was so successful that the Board decided to use ICS for all events. I also have been appointed by the State SAR Resource Officer to chair the state SAR Policy and Advisory Committe for Education (PACE). PACE is currently implementing the SAR Certification system, and will eventually handle all aspects of training that originate from the state SAR Resource Office. I'm a certified ICS Section Chief in all functions, and will be attending the next Field Coordinator School.
I have been an officer in CSAR for the better part of three years. I've deployed to more than 100 missions, and my most memorable are those where the field team to which I was assigned got the `find'. However, the most heart-warming was the search for 4-year old Danny, who was lost for 48 hours in the Zunis earlier this year. I had toiled as a groundpounder all night Saturday and part of Sunday, then came back before dawn Monday morning to perform the duties of Operations Section Chief. In that capacity, I gave the assignment to the National Guard helicopter that found him - ALIVE! I'll never forget that one.
It's been very rewarding to be one of the people who has worked to bring CSAR up to its current level of respect and prestige in the SAR community. I look forward to continuing to aid that effort. I'm also looking forward to leading the implementation of the state SAR Certification system and the other tasks that will be the province of the PACE committee. For Cibola SAR, I think the next important challenge is to establish categories of membership that provide an opportunity for people of diverse interests, skills, and fitness levels to actively participate in the various aspects of the organization.
Finally - I guess I'd better mention: 1-14-26-29-36-38. 3/15/89. AZ Lottery. $1,000,000. (Ah - never mind - nobody would believe it anyway.)
|The Bronze Boot Award||by Mike Dugger|
|Web News||by Mary Girven|
|NMESC Notes||by John Mindock|
|This Month's Feature Articles|
|Missions in District 6||by John Mindock|
|Certification/Qualification/Typing and YOU||by Mike Dugger|
State certification is under the direction of the state SAR resource officer, i.e. Rick Goodman. Right now, the only proof Rick has that SAR teams around the state can do what they have listed in the resource directory (used by Incident Commanders to request resources for a mission) is what the teams themselves write into the resource book. If a team can't search effectively, or causes the subject some additional injury due to lack of training, the state, the team, etc. could be sued. How would the state attorney prove that the SAR team knew how to do the job properly? Certification will establish a standard which field personnel will ultimately be judged against. Its purpose is to document that searchers understand three basic skills:
Resource typing is a related concept, but different in intent. This system is also being developed at the state level. The purpose of typing is to define the skill level of individual resources, so that ICs can select the proper type of resource for a given mission. For example, different resources are needed for a two-day search and evacuation of backpackers 15 miles into the Pecos wilderness during a snowstorm, than are needed to locate a child who walked away from a picnic at Elena Gallegos on a mild summer afternoon. Typing is another way of ensuring that the IC can select the proper type of resource depending on the difficulty of the mission. CSAR members will by "typed" based on skills and equipment expertise defined at the state level, and this should have no impact on the membership status of active CSAR members.
CSAR has discussed placing some additional requirements on field responders, for the safety of our members as well as to maintain the reputation for effective ground pounding which we have earned in the eyes of many ICs. At the most basic level, we are discussing implementing a physical fitness requirement. Although no test can guarantee that a member will not have difficulty due to the physical demands of a mission, a physical fitness requirement will give members confidence in themselves and each other. We should also develop some measurable criteria for the winter readiness qualification code.
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From Don Gibson and Family: My family and I buried my Dad this afternoon. After a lengthy illness, he passed away in his sleep. Dad was proud of my involvement with search and rescue and that reflects back on the people I'm involved with. It's amazing that people who meet and train a few hours a month can do what is required, as a team, in the small off hours out of a normal life, and not have much in common but search and rescue. That says a lot for the character and heart of the people I'm involved with. Thank you so much for the kind messages, the beautiful flowers, and your support at my Dad's funeral.
|960537||10/19/96 at 0030||11/19/96 at 1400||Search||20||Couple from Oklahoma|
|961118||10/23/96 at 2:30||10/23/96 at 1030||Search||3||Male hunter|
|960733||10/30/96 at 1120||10/30/96 at 1230||Search||4||37 year old male hunter||960540||11/4/96 at 1930||11/5/96 at 1030||Search||27||8 year old boy|
|November, 1996||December, 1996|
|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.|