|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes|
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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.
|Boots and Blisters||by Mike Dugger, Training Officer|
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.
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Aidan Thompson, Secretary|
The meeting started at 19:22 p.m. Tony Gaier presided.
The meeting ended at 20:30.
|Mini Lesson||by David Chapek|
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.
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