Volume 11, Issue 2
9 February 2006
and Tom Russo
"That Others May Live..."
So far the year is off to a good start. Six people participated in the first
evaluation of the year, and all passed with flying colors! Thanks to Mike
D. for conducting this evaluation. This month's evaluation is on February
26th, at 9:00 AM. It will be a land navigation evaluation at Three Gun Springs
Trailhead. The signup deadline for the evaluation this month is Sunday,
February 12th at 9:00 PM. The March evaluation will be on the 18th at 9:00
AM. It will be a litter handling evaluation, with the location still to be
determined. If you plan to attend this evaluation please leave a voice message
on the hotline by Saturday, March 4th.
|Top of the Hill
||by Tony Gaier , President
I'm still looking for volunteers to run evaluations this year. If you're
interested please let me know. There will also be a signup sheet for both
evaluations and trainings at the February business meeting.
On Saturday, January 14, eight members attended our orienteering exercise at
Cedro Peak. The training consisted of a number of points drawn on the map
near recognizable contour features. Members could navigate to these points by
looking at the terrain and comparing to the map, or by determining a UTM
coordinate from the map and entering it into the GPS for navigation. Once at
the terrain feature, an additional description told teams where to find a
unique marker that had to be collected as evidence of visiting the site. This
description may have involved walking a bearing from one distinct terrain
feature to the marker location.
|Boots and Blisters
||by Mike Dugger, Training Officer
Although this training lasted a bit longer than some expected, it was a
valuable exercise in compass use, GPS use, and terrain identification. SAR
responders should know these skills cold, and we will practice more with them
throughout the year. Please be aware that there should be no assumptions
about the exact duration of training. You should bring your search pack to
every training, and have everything you need for at least 24 hours in the
It is already February, so it must be time for our annual winter bivy! This
is an opportunity for members to try out new gear, or make sure their old gear
is still up to snuff, in a setting that offers some backup if gear or shelters
do not work out as planned. The purpose of this training is to give members
sufficient confidence with their gear and training that spending the night in
the field on a mission is no big deal.
We usually spend some time discussing and demonstrating snow shelters of
various types. However, with the lack of snow in our "backyard," coming
up with a comfortable shelter at high altitude will be a little more
challenging. On the plus side, this opens up all sorts of alternative
locations for our training. For a change of pace this year I have decided to
hold our winter bivy on Capilla Peak in the Manzanos. The road is usually
impassable in winter, but not (so far) this year and I have permission from
the forest service to conduct our training at this location.
While the goal is to have fun while learning, this is not a camping trip.
Members should bring their search packs with them, and anything else they
would carry if given an assignment on a mission that had a reasonable chance
of requiring them to spend the night. That means leave the 4-man tent and air
mattress at home, but carry a warm sleeping bag and simple materials to
construct a shelter. Further details on required gear will be discussed at
our business meeting.
Next month we will construct and practice with some simple raise and lower
systems for a litter.
Last meeting we voted on accepting the new Search Techniques Standards. This
motion passed with a vote of nine for and zero against. We need volunteers
for pager handling duties for February, a person to cover pager two for March,
and are still open for pager duty the rest of the year. Anyone who has any
mission reports or information please get it to me asap, so that I can get it
into the 2005 files. Also please turn in any training, eval reports as well.
Thank you and lets have a Great 2006!
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes
||by Alex Fischer, Secretary
I found this on the Edmonton Alberta Police website. It doesn't seem that we
will need a winter survival kit in New Mexico this year, but a lot of the
items are a good idea to have even during a mild New Mexico winter. Enjoy....
| Winter Driving Car Survival Kit
||by Tony Gaier
If you become stranded in your vehicle, STAY WITH THE VEHICLE. Numerous
people die every year because they misjudged the effect of cold
temperatures. The safest bet is to stay with your vehicle. It will keep you
warm and dry and can be easily spotted by police or highway maintenance
With a properly equipped emergency kit, you could survive in your vehicle for
days if necessary. Only leave your vehicle once the weather clears and you
have proper clothing. If your vehicle is operational and the storm is over,
continue to your destination if it is safe to do so.
Standard Equipment - Driving in the City
- Ice scrapper/brush
- Booster cables
- Fuel line de-icier (Methylhydrate)
- Map of city
Highway Driving - Driving Outside the City or in Remote Areas
- All the above (Driving in the City)
- Tow chain
- Warning light (flashing)
- Road maps (provincial)
- Fire extinguisher
- Extra clothing (winter, rain, boots)
- First aid kit
- Blankets (special survival blankets are the best)
- Matches and candles in a deep can (used to help keep warm)
- Food and water (if driving in remote areas)
- Roll of paper towels
If You get Stuck in a Snowstorm and Must Stop
- Stay in your car and be aware of the following:
- Exhaust fumes (is your exhaust pipe clear of snow?)
- Keep fresh air in your car (window should be cracked open at least two cm)
- If you pull your car off the roadway and onto the roadside, pull off the
road as far as you can or pull into a rest area.
CAUTION: Other cars frequently strike parked vehicles if they are not
safely pulled off the road.
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