|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes|
|Top of the Hill||by David Dixon , President|
Another way to give to the team and work together as a member is by attending ESCAPE, the state SAR conference, next month in Glorieta. It's also another way to learn lots about search and rescue and always great to see lots of orange shirts in attendance. Get your application in early so you are one of them.
|Boots and Blisters||by Mike Dugger, Training Officer|
The instructors met at the picnic area early to set up the land navigation and search techniques portions of the training, and to pick a route for the litter hauling exercise. The attendees who wanted practice with litter packaging tied a subject (Steve Buckley) into the litter, and the team did a short haul over some challenging terrain. The large snowfall on the mountain this winter created a rushing stream through Elena Gallegos, and the team crossed it and the loose banks while giving Steve a comfortable ride. After the litter hauling portion, the team conducted a small grid search. In this case, the clues were playing cards (similar to how NASAR runs this test) and members were spaced at what we felt was critical separation for this size clue and the terrain. Tom Russo calculated that it would take the team 28 minutes to search the area he had defined, and they finished in exactly that time. However, the only "problem" was that they should not have achieved the 90% probability of detection that they did! Finally, some of the attendees practiced resectioning and walking a compass course. We had a short course set up with three points to navigate, and then worked through terrain identification and plotting. The entire training took about 3.5 hours - not bad for covering so much material.
Our next training will be a mini-mock search on Sunday, April 17 at 9:00 AM. It will be located at a trailhead on the east side of Sandia Peak, but the exact location has not been determined as of press time. Be sure to check the hotline for the training location. The goal of this training is to provide members on some insight on how missions are initiated and what goes on in base camp before we get there and while teams are in the field. There will also be a field exercise on this training. Bring your full SAR packs and be prepared to work.
The officers discussed and approved a special training credit for search techniques evaluations for the remainder of calendar year 2005. As discussed previously at our business meeting, we are modifying our search techniques evaluation to improve the uniformity of application and to consider adding a hasty component. For the remainder of 2005 members can satisfy the annual evaluation requirement for search techniques by simply showing up to an evaluation session and helping us work through some trials of new approaches. In addition, to encourage as much participation as possible at these trials, members will get training credit for any additional search techniques evaluations they attend beyond the first one used to satisfy the evaluation requirement.
I am still looking for volunteers to set up a couple of trainings. These involve contacting other organizations and arranging training with them. Please contact me if you are willing to help out.
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Aidan Thompson, Secretary|
The meeting started at 19:42. Mike Dugger presided. David Dixon was not present, due to a medical condition that he is dealing with. Mike reported on David's status. He communicated David's wish to continue his work as team president and stated that David has the full backing of the officers on this.
The April training will be a mini mock search.
He also requested an additional reimbursement of $15 per person to cover an additional fee. A motion was proposed and seconded. It passed with 11 votes for, none opposed.
"The committee proposes that:
1) For the remainder of 2005, the existing requirements for annual evaluation of search techniques according to the 1997 standard be suspended and no further evaluations to that standard be run.
2) For the remainder of 2005, scheduled search techinques evaluations be replaced by trial runs of proposed replacement evaluations, to gather data to be used in amending or replacing the existing standard.
3) Any member who has not yet satisfied the annual search techniques evaluation requirement for 2005 will be able to satisfy that requirement by instead participating in at least one of the trial run evaluations. To obtain evaluation credit, the member must participate in the entire event, but having participated will receive a "pass" irrespective of performance on the trial evaluation."
A motion was put forward that the committees proposal be adopted in full. The hope is that by 2006, the team will have put a new standard in place. If not, the current standard will come back into force. The motion passed with 14 votes for, none against.
The meeting ended at 20:30.
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