Volume 10, Issue 3
10 March 2005
and Tom Russo
"That Others May Live..."
I regret to inform the team that for health reasons, I will be keeping a low
profile for the next month or so. I still hope to continue in my role with
the team. I have been with Cibola for almost 8 years and am not ready to give
it all up. However, I must focus on getting better for the immediate future.
The other officers and I agreed to proceed this way, and they will be helping
out with my duties during this time.
|Top of the Hill
||by David Dixon , President
An ad-hoc committee has met to discuss needed changes in the search techniques
evaluation standards. They will present a draft to you at the business
meeting. I believe these changes are needed and I hope you will give it your
Good searching and rescuing.
Eight members attended our Winter Skills training, and seven spent the night in the shelters they constructed on February 12. With all the snow we have been having there was plenty of raw material for shelter construction. Three people were split between two snow caves, another three in a trench covered with a tarp, and one in a shallow uncovered trench containing a bivy sack. As one of those who slept in a snow cave, I can report that we stayed warm, dry and out of the wind. In fact, the inside of the cave was wet and slushy the next morning with a stalactite of ice forming. Luckily the drips of water were falling in the center of the cave away from its sleeping occupants! It was very windy near Sandia Crest, and the folks in the trench had a lot of snow blowing in and covering them during the night. The trench was definitely much faster to construct than the caves, however. Our cave took about 3 hours from start to finish, but it was much more luxurious than needed in an emergency. Some ideas for making the trench more comfortable would be to more tightly seal the open ends (both ends were open in this case), have only one end open, or try for a central opening with sleeping chambers on either side, like the letter "T." At least everyone survived the night. We also had a nice fire pit where we ate dinner. Standing at the bottom next to the fire, the snow was about eye-level.
|Boots and Blisters
||by Mike Dugger, Training Officer
Our February training also presented a four-wheel drive challenge. There was approximately a foot of new snow on the upper mountain when we arrived at the 10K trailhead. A few members had to be pulled into the trailhead parking lot since the road crews were just clearing the road. There was some new snow over night, and a lot of blowing and drifting that made getting out even tougher. The temperature was in the 20's, rather warm for the top of the mountain, and the snow was wet and slushy making it even easier to get stuck. We spent about two hours of digging, pulling and pushing getting all the vehicles out of the parking lot. I learned how handy that tow strap I carry around all the time can really be. I also learned (from a new member) that tire chains can make a remarkable difference in traction on wet snow and ice. If you don't have them, I would recommend at least one pair. Once on the road it was easy going.
The next training will be SAR Fundamentals, and will commence at 9:00 on Saturday, March 12 at Elena Gallegos. The goal of this training is to cover the field component of the three main skill sets on which we evaluate members every year. The training will begin with a litter hauling exercise to practice commands and teamwork. This will be done with the entire group to insure there will be enough people to haul the litter and rotate positions. The group will then be split into two parts and move to the next stations. There will be a station for search techniques where members will practice grid search, clue awareness and marking, and perhaps some new ideas for the modified standard we are working on. The other station will be land navigation where we will go through terrain identification and resectioning, plus walking bearings. Please note that I will not attempt to cram the material that would have previously made up three separate trainings into one day. The purpose of this training is to focus on only what must be done in the field. Members are encouraged to attend the pre-meeting discussions to go over the theory behind land navigation and search techniques, and to practice tying knots and securing a subject in the litter.
Be sure to bring leather gloves, compass, GPS if you have one, and a map of Sandia Crest. For resectioning, please make sure to draw a grid on your map. As long as you know how to use them, the grid lines may be the 1 km UTM grid, parallel lines running toward true north, or toward magnetic north.
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes
||by Aidan Thompson, Secretary
Minutes of February 2005 Meeting
The meeting started at 19:25. David once again asked for volunteers to help on evals.
Training Officer's Report
Winter Bivy will be at 10k TH. Excellent conditions for winter training with deep snow. Meet at 2 p.m. at the trailhead. Forest Service will waive parking fee if you have a SAR sticker on your vehicle. Parking is tight, so try to car-pool. Meet at 1 p.m. in Tijeras for car pooling. Snowshoes are required. Shelter construction and training will be done
before dark. No shovel required. Snowshoes will be used to dig. Bring extra gloves, tarps, ground pad, bivy bag. Extra clothes to change into after digging.
Membership Officer's Report
4 possible members from website this month. Bob passed out NASAR passes. Tom will take pictures after meeting for NASAR membership.
Mark provided a financial report.
He also asked members to get the gas receipts in promptly. No resolution of gas receipts issue.
Gear Commitee Report
Talk to Mark if you want a key to gear cache.
Medical Committee Report
WFRs need to start thinking about getting their renewal forms in for state licensure.
PR Committee Report
Mike and Brian volunteer to attend TVI event at 1 p.m. on 2/26/2005.
Larry volunteered at event at Bosque Farms. For those interested in getting Cibola logos on their garments, the place to go is Duke City Graphics near 4th and Paseo.
- Keys for the gear hut. No hidden key will be used. A sign will be posted on the hut with the team pager number. A letter will be sent to Bernalillo County Sherriff providing our contact info.
- Search techniques evaluation. David would like to add a hasty search component. Hoping to get resolution put to the team within a few months. Last year at Escape there was a hasty search experiment. We could use that data to guide our deliberations.
- Escape is coming up May 13-15, at the Glorietta Conference Center. Mark your calendars.
- Because of several retirements there are only 3 FCs left in district 5: Berry, Zentner and Russo left. They are stretched to the limit.
- NMESRC Website has a lot of interesting information, including ongoing
No new missions.
The meeting ended at 20:00.
This month we welcome two new prospective members to the team. Patrick Griebel has joined our ranks as has David DeJong. Please give them a hearty Cibola welcome next time you see them and help them on the road to full membership. This month we also say farewell to one of our prospectives, Andy Rupert. Andy is departing Albuquerque for Tyndall AFB in Florida where he'll be training as an Air Battle Manager then reports to Robins AFB in Georgia. So long Andy, thank-you for your contributions to the team and for helping make the outdoors safer for the residents of our state.
|Who's Who and New
||by Bob Baker, Membership Officer
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