Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 10, Issue 5
12 May 2005
Editors: David Dixon, 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
Pinching Pennies Bronze Boot Disclaimer/Copyright
Recent Missions
Callout Information
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Top of the Hill David Dixon, President
This will be my last Top of the Hill as president and member. My current health situation forces me to step down not only from my officer position but also as a member of Cibola. It has been an honor serving you not only as president but also in the past as secretary and membership officer. My eight years leave me with great memories. It is certainly one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I will miss it all, especially the people. I would like to thank all of you for your contributions to this experience. I do not want to think about leaving search and rescue behind me and in fact hope to see all of you in the future. I've had ICS thoughts for years and hope to be able to return in that capacity when my health allows.

I wish you a final good searching and rescuing.

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Boots and Blisters Mike Dugger, Training Officer
We had sixteen members at the mini-mock search on April 17 at Cienega Springs Trailhead. Tom Russo gave a terrific lecture for about 90 minutes on base camp operations, including the structure of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the duties of each of the people running a mission. Tom also included a discussion of some of the things that occur behind the scenes, that we field grunts never see. We discussed the evolution of a mission from the time a family member or friend reports someone missing, to interview of the reporting party, the calling of resources, development of a search strategy and field assignments, deployment, and rescue. Those of us not trained as section chiefs normally only see the last two steps in this process. My goal was to provide an opportunity for our members to gain a better understanding of events leading up to the calling of resources, and what goes on at base camp. Tom accomplished that nicely.

We also had a "find" during the field exercise, who turned out to be a former member and old friend of Cibola. Susan Corban graciously agreed to play subject and did a great job of getting lost with an ankle injury. Team 1 made voice contact within about 15 minutes, and happened to have an EMT with them. Two teams were pulled from other assignments and used to take the litter up to the subject. The subject was packaged and transported out within about 90 minutes total mission duration. In the process, they had to navigate a significant water obstacle with the litter, presented by the overflowing spring flowing at Cienega.

The next team-endorsed training will be ESCAPE, the annual search and rescue conference organized by the New Mexico Emergency Services Council. Many people in the community may not remember, but the event name stands for - the "Emergency Services Council Annual Preparation Event." The event takes place May 13-15 at the Glorietta Conference Center near Santa Fe. There are several special skills classes on Friday May 13 requiring separate registration and fees. I strongly recommend that as many members as possible attend ESCAPE. In addition to packing a lot of great SAR training into a single weekend, it is also a terrific way to meet other SAR volunteers in a less stressful environment than a mission, and get to know some of the other teams around the state. Additional information can be found at www.nmesc.org.

There is another opportunity for training later in the month, at the National Associate for Search and Rescue, or NASAR, conference. This takes place May 25-28 in Oakland, California. Registration fees are $225 for the full conference, or $60 per day for NASAR member teams. Cibola is a member of NASAR. Southwest has reasonable airfares for direct flights to Oakland, and with the bay area a 20-minute train ride away, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy San Francisco as well. I strongly recommend this event, and will give training credit to any member who attends at least a day.

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Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes Aidan Thompson, Secretary

Minutes of April 2005 Meeting

The meeting started at 19:19. Mike Dugger presided. He is still looking for volunteers to conduct skill evaluations.

Training Officer's Report

Mike gave details on the upcoming Mini Mock Search. He also reported on the outcome of the first SAR fundamentals training. Escape will be held at the Glorieta Conference Center, May 14-16.

Membership Officer's Report

Nothing to report.

Gear Committee Report

Mark encouraged anyone who needs mission supplies to check with him after the meeting.

Medical Committee Report

Nothing to report.

PR Committee Report

Adam reported on the funeral service for John Jensen in Los Alamos.

Old Business

New Business

The meeting was adjourned at 21:00.

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Pinching Pennies Mark Espelien, Treasurer
As many of you may know, we do not have to work very hard at fund raising, instead concentrating our efforts on training and missions. The reason for this is the generosity of many individuals that contribute via local and state charity organizations. In this article, I wanted to detail how this works, so let's start with the sources:

The United Way is the organization through which large corporations (and Sandia National Labs) funnel their charitable giving. Employees contribute through payroll deductions and can designate any charitable, non-profit organization. CSAR ONLY recieves employee-designated funds. United Way has another path called "funded programs," but CSAR does not get a slice of that pie, because its intended target is services for the poor and disadvantaged. For more info go to www.uwcnm.org.

The CFC is the organization through which all federal employees can contribute. Here we receive both designated funds and a portion of undesignated funds. Since there are LOTS of organizations on the list, designated funds are much more substantial than our share of the undesignated funds. For more info, go to www.nmcharities.org.

The NMSECC is the organization through which all state employees can contribute. This is another organization that only sends CSAR designated funds, similar to the United Way.

Individual donors send funds directly to CSAR or through NMESC, usually because of some direct connection to the organization, or because the family of a subject wishes to send us a monetary token of thanks.

In closing, I would like to appeal to all you working stiffs out there that do your charitable giving through these organizations to designate your contribution to go to CSAR. If you already do (thank you!), then talk to some of your coworkers, friends, or family about doing the same. Keeping the team coffers full enough to cover our annual operating expenses allows us to focus on our mission and expand our capabilities (and keeps your treasurer happy!!).

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Bronze Boot by Bob Baker
This month it is my distinct pleasure to recognize the selfless mission contributions of one of our outstanding members -- David Chapek. As all good stories go..."It was a dark and stormy night...." Our team was called to search for a missing hiker who had gone up Pino Trail and was overdue to return. The IC suspected she was near the crest and sent teams along the trails at the top of the mountain.

David's team found the subject at the top of the mountain on the exposed West Face of the Sandias. The subject was tired and injured--the team radioed in that they would spend the remainder of the night on the mountain and walk the subject out in the morning. The subject was not equipped to spend the night in the wilderness. In the face of freezing temperatures and continued snow showers, David Chapek dug into his pack and provided his sleeping bag and extra clothing to the subject so she would be warm. David proceeded to put into practice winter survival skills learned during our own winter bivy trainings to brave out the remainder of the night. The next morning, David and the team walked the subject out of the wilderness and back to the safety of incident base.

For his selfless dedication to the mission and the subject's safety, we recognize David Chapek with Cibola Search and Rescue's Bronze Boot Award. David's actions reflect and personify the Search and Rescue motto..."We do these things so that others may live."

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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.