Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 10, Issue 10
13 October 2005
Editors: Tom Rinck, Mike Dugger, and Tom Russo

Cibola Search and Rescue
"That Others May Live..."
Top of the Hill Boots and Blisters Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes
Mini Lesson Disclaimer/Copyright
Recent Missions
Callout Information
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Top of the Hill by Tony Gaier , President

There is a search techniques evaluation planned for this month, it will be on the 22nd. This is the last scheduled search techniques evaluation for the year, 10 people still require the evaluation. If you plan to attend this evaluation please leave a voice message on the hotline by Friday the 21st.

The last scheduled land navigation evaluation will be November 20th, 13 people still require the evaluation. The last scheduled litter handling navigation evaluation will be December 17th, 12 people still require the evaluation.

Officer nominations start at the October business meeting and close at the November meeting. So if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Cibola officer, please attend one of the meetings to nominate your candidate. Current only I, Mike Dugger, and Mark Espelien intend to run again for our current officer positions.

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Boots and Blisters by Mike Dugger, Training Officer
The September training was modified from the originally-schedule four-wheel drive class to a summer bivy, and then there were not enough people interested in hiking into the Pecos to pull it off. However, individual members scheduled two training events in September. One was a hike into TWA canyon, with route-finding and terrain identification along the way. Another was a summit of Mt. Elbert, at more than 14,400 feet, with distance estimation and navigation training included in addition to the experience at altitude. These two training events are a good example of the initiative of individual members to organize training. If you have an idea for a training event, please talk with me about it. If you can include some training topics that we use routinely on missions, get at least three members to attend, and advertise the training in advance to make it available to other members, I will sanction it as a recognized training for the team.

The training for October already took place last weekend, on October 8 in Belen. Members of New Mexico Four Wheelers met us east of Auge's Chrysler-Jeep and provided the instruction. We discussed the types of tires, traction control systems, and driving techniques to avoid getting stuck and avoid damage to our vehicles. We then demonstrated a couple of winching techniques using a high-lift jack and a kit consisting of a couple of chains and a tree guard. We set up and winched a vehicle simulating pulling it out in-line with the road, as if stuck in mud, sand or snow. We also practiced a technique for winching a vehicle sideways, to get it back on the road if it slid sideways into a ditch. There were also demonstrations of placing tires on obstacles to get over them. Finally, Pat Brady of NM 4 Wheelers demonstrated what is possible with a vehicle designed for "extreme traction" by climbing a tree with his Jeep CJ. No kidding. His tires were aired-down and soft, and the tree was not damaged in any way.

The scheduled training for November will be SAR Fundamentals. This training will take place on Saturday, November 12 beginning at 9:00 AM. We will meet near the north end of the Piedra Lisa Trail. Take I-25 north to the Placitas exit. Head east on NM 165 for 3.0 miles (200 feet beyond mile marker 3) to FR 445. Turn right and head south for about 2.0 miles. Look for pink trail tape and SAR vehicles. Allow about 30 minutes travel time from I-25 and I-40. Back to Top
Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes by Aidan Thompson, Secretary

Minutes of September 2005 Meeting

The meeting started at 19:22 p.m. Tony Gaier presided.

Training Officer's Report

Mike gave a recap on Wilderness First Aid. 4WD training cancelled for Sept. Will have summer bivy instead the night of 9/10. Steve Buckley will lead the hike in. 4WD training will be 10/8. There will be no training on 10/16.

Treasurer's Report

Mark provided the financial report.


Mark brought some orange shirts. Bought ten new pagers. Available to members for $20 deposit. Mike Dugger demonstrated a new rapid tie-in system. This needs to be addressed with changes to the eval and training procedures. A motion was made to purchase a second rapid tie-in system and two equipment bags to protect them. It passed with twelve votes for, zero against and two abstentions.

Membership Officer

Some people are in danger of losing certification because they are training deficient. Please check with Bob or check the web.

PR Committee

9/24 is National Public Lands/Mountain Discovery Day at Sandia Peak Ski area. Looking for volunteers. UNM is hosting a PR event at the Student Union Ballroom 11:30-1:30 10/13/2005. A motion was made that we purchase 24 t-shirts. they will be sold to members at cost. It passed with ten votes for and zero against.

President's Report

Tony solicited articles for the newsletter. He also announced that the December business meeting would be held December 8, at St. Chad's, unless an alternate location emerges.

Medical Committee

Mike propsosed that we compile medical information for each member and put it on cards to be worn on missions. Tommy R. volunteered to organize it.

Old Business

New Business


The meeting ended at 20:30.

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Mini Lesson by David Chapek

You made the find, now what?

What you see...

[Ed. Note: This article deals with aspects of patient assessment. Members are reminded that Cibola policy and state law mandates that only licensed/certified EMS personnel should treat injured subjects.]

At 0100 on a Saturday night your pager screams and you stumble to the phone to check the hotline. The mission is a hasty search for a 40 year old male who never returned home from hiking down the La Luz trail. You arrive at base by 0130 and the IC assigns you to team one and asks you to sweep the trail from bottom to top. The IC jokes that this should be, "a quick up and back hike" to find the lost man. As we all know, these are never quick hikes.

Many missions start and end just like this with the subject being found sitting on a rock two miles up trail, stranded by the dark, and able to walk out. But what happens if this turns out to be more that a lost hiker?

At 0230 you turn a switchback on the trail and lying on a rock in front of you is your subject. What are your instincts? What are you first priorities? How can you best serve your subject? This article will help to guide your evaluation of this situation and give you the skills to provide a basic assessment of the condition of your subject.

As rescuers we're often put in difficult situations regarding our subjects. First instincts would lead you to approach your subject and immediately offer aid however; in this situation rescuer safety must be your primary concern. Prior to making contact with you subject, start with a quick evaluation of your surroundings. Look for dangers such as rock fall areas and icy slopes. Evaluate your scene from a distance. Try and get a feeling if your subject "looks safe." Are there beer cans lying around? Is there a weapon nearby? This quick evaluation can help you know the difference between a lost hiker and someone who didn't want to be found.

At 0235 you note that you patient is in the middle of the trail lying on his back with no hazards nearby. You approach you patient and immediately notice blood on his lower left leg. "Boy am I glad you're here," he says as you approach. His is noticeably pale and shivering.

Your second step in evaluating your subject is to try and quickly determine what may have happened and start to think about what additional resources you may need. You notice the patient is laying near a 12" step on the trail and he looks like he may have fallen. When considering how a subject was injured, try to think about what else may have happened that we can't see yet. Does it look serious? Did your subject brace themselves with their hands when they fell? Did they hit their head or injure their neck? Based on what you see at first glance, will you need to start a litter team up the trail?

This process should take only a few seconds and will start to give you a rough idea about your subject's condition.

Next: Talk and Touch

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Disclaimer and Copyright notice the Editors
The contents of this newsletter are copyright © 2005 by their respective authors or by Cibola Search and Rescue, Inc., and individual articles represent the opinions of the author. Cibola SAR makes no representation, express or implied, with regard to the accuracy of the information contained in these articles, and cannot accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may be made. Articles contained in this newsletter may be reproduced, with attribution given to Cibola SAR and the author, by any member of the Search and Rescue community for use in other team's publications.