Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 10, Issue 8
11 August 2005
Editors: Tom Rinck, Mike Dugger, and Tom Russo

Cibola Search and Rescue
"That Others May Live..."
Top of the Hill Boots and Blisters Who's Who and New
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Top of the Hill by Tony Gaier, President

Last month we had 5 people attend the search techniques evaluation. Everyone passed the evaluation and we also collected some good information for helping to modify our current standards.

There is a land navigation evaluation planned for this month, it will be on the 27th. If you plan to attend this evaluation please leave a voice message on the hotline by Friday the 26th.

We are more than half way through the year and there are only five evaluation opportunities left. October 22nd is the LAST chance for a Search Techniques Evaluation this year. There are only two Land Navigation Evaluations left, August 27th and November 20th. September 18th and December 17th are the last Litter Evaluations. Currently, there are only four people who have completed all their required evaluations for the year. So please take a few minutes to look at your calendar and plan your evaluation schedule accordingly.

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Boots and Blisters by Mike Dugger, Training Officer
We had eight members and prospectives attend our Search and Rescue Fundamentals class on July 16 at Three Gun Springs trailhead. We practiced knots, subject tie-in and litter hauling for the litter portion. Larry set up a short compass course and resection point for the land navigation portion, and Tony Gaier set up a grid search area as well as a hasty search along an arroyo, where members were given a fixed time to walk a pre-determined path and look for clues along the sides of the path. The search techniques portion of this training represented another trial of using different clues to modify our search techniques standard, which every member must pass each year. In this case more realistic clues were used than in past trials, such as water bottles, candy wrappers, etc. The hasty part of the training still surprises me in how difficult it is to spot a large percentage of the clues present, even a short distance from the trail, when moving at realistic hiking speeds.

The training for August 13 will be a one-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course, instructed by Cy Stockhoff. He has condensed a Wilderness Medical Associates two-day WFA course into one day, with a focus on the injuries we are likely to run into and the skills we will need to take care of ourselves and one another. This training is not intended to provide the skills necessary to treat a subject on a mission, but rather skills we need to take care of ourselves and teammates. The training will begin at 9:00 AM at the Tijeras Ranger Station, about a mile south of the light at the Tijeras exit from eastbound I40.

Next month, we will have a four wheel drive training on September 10. The New Mexico Four Wheelers will take us into some challenging terrain and help us get the most out of our four wheel drive vehicles. This has always been a terrific training, and this yearís 4WD training should be great as well.

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Who's Who and New by Bob Baker, Membership Officer
It is with great sadness we bid Larry Mervine a fond farewell. Larry is leaving us for greener (?) pastures in Las Vegas Nevada. Larry has been a devoted searcher, leader and friend for the last 11 years. he has served as a team officer, PR committee member and President several times. Larry, you'll be missed and long remembered. Thank-you for the SAR-Lore, your friendship, and service to the community. Happy Trails! Back to Top
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