|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes|
|Who's Who and New||Disclaimer/Copyright|
|Top of the Hill||by Tony Gaier , President|
If you have not heard yet our old pager system is obsolete. We are now using the Contact Wireless Notifyall System. It does have its pros and cons. It allows you to use multiple types of alphanumeric devices to notify you of a mission or team event. We have discovered that sometimes it will take 10 to 17 minutes for the text message to come through to the device. If you would like to add devices to the Notifyall system, please refer to the message sent out in June on this subject to the Listserver or see an officer for instructions to add devices. The procedures to be used for the new system will be an item of discussion at the July Business Meeting.
Eight team members attended and passed the June litter evaluation. Please take a few minutes to check your certification currency on the web. We're over halfway through the year now and a lot of people still need one or more evaluations. This month's evaluation is on July 22nd, at 9:00AM. It will be a search techniques evaluation at Embuto Trailhead. The August evaluation will be on the 27th at 9:00AM. It will be a land navigation evaluation, it will be located at Bear Canyon Trailhead. If you plan to attend an evaluation please leave a voice message on the hotline as soon as possible. Currently no one is signed up for either of these evaluations.
|Boots and Blisters||by Mike Dugger, Training Officer|
We had two training opportunities in June. On Sunday, June 11, Tom Russo and Bob Baker conducted a base camp/incident command system training and rescue exercise at Embudo trailhead. We had a great turnout, with twelve members attending this training. Just as last year, this was an excellent orientation to what goes on in base camp from our two resident Field Coordinators. After the discussions, there was a mini-rescue involving a medical component. Bob's daughter Holly played subject, and in the scenario had taken a fall off a boulder not far from the trailhead. We were able to locate Holly from coordinates determined from a mock-helicopter fly-by, and got to her within 30 minutes. We found Holly with an open fracture on the lower left leg. Tom did a great job with moulage on the injuries so that they looked realistic. David Chapek walked us through patient assessment and packaging of Holly for transport. We then did a short litter haul to get her to a waiting mock-ambulance.
On Sunday, June 25, David Chapek organized another training with a medical focus. Nine members met at a park near Wyoming and Constitution to discuss heat emergencies. David talked about heat exhaustion and heat stroke, recognizing signs and symptoms of each and how to differentiate between the two. We then went through two scenarios, having members play the role of subjects that presented conditions at both ends of the spectrum. Heat exhaustion is brought on by moderate overheating due to exertion, and slight dehydration. This can be dealt with easily in the field by recognizing the signs, and catching this progressing condition early. It is important that we watch for this in one another when we are on missions during the summer. We should make sure to drink often, and wear appropriate clothing that can be adjusted to protect us from the sun and allow our bodies to cool naturally. Heat stroke is a serious medical emergency requiring aggressive intervention to cool the patient and get them to advanced care. As with many medical problems, heat emergencies cannot be neatly divided into just two types, but rather can present an entire spectrum of signs and symptoms. It is important to correctly diagnose what is going on to keep a minor problem from progressing into a more serious emergency.
In all there have been nine training events between January and June this year. Thanks to everyone who has helped out with training so far this year.
The training for this month will be an orienteering exercise on Saturday, July 15. Location is still TBD, but I am hoping with all the rain we have had in the mountains recently that the forest will open and we can get back into the wilderness for our training. Check the hotline for the latest information on the location of this training.
Remember that we start a new training period this month, and everyone needs to attend two training events to remain eligible to go on missions. This is the minimum, and of course members are encouraged to attend as many training events as possible. It is a great way to keep your skills polished, and stay in touch with your teammates while mission numbers are low. While nobody likes to see people in trouble, perhaps when the forest opens business will pick up.
|Hike of the Month||South Sandia Peak||0900, Jul 29, 2006|
|Trailhead: Crest Parking Lot|
|R.T. Distance: 5 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 9200/10300|
|Hiking Time 5 hours||Hazards: Loose rock and slippery mud|
|Topo Maps: Sandia Crest and Tijeras|
|Hike Coordinator: Tony Gaier|
This will be a hike to South Sandia Peak for lunch (bring your own of course!). We will meet in the lower Southeast Crest parking lot, 9:00AM sharp! Bring your GPS and maps (Sandia Crest and Tijeras), if you wish to get a little navigation training on the hike.
How to get there: Take I-40 to the Tijeras/Cedar Crest Exit,
go North on 14, turn left on the road 536(approx 5.8 Miles from the
beginning of N14), the road taking you to Sandia Crest/Sandia Ski
Area, approximately 13.2 miles. Coordinates NAD 83, 13S 0368090
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Alex Fischer, Secretary|
Meeting began at 1915, on June 08, 2006.
Training Officer's Report 3 training opportunities since last meeting, Training this month Basecamp training at embudo TH. July Orienteering training location TBD. ESCAPE was great Secretary's Report Nothing new to report, please keep the training and eval information coming.
Treasurer's Report Report was given on Income and Expenses. Fuel Reimbursement instructions only 10 days left. Fill out the new fuel reimbursement form, fill out the top as yourself, then fill out the W9 for yourself, and send it to James.
Equipment Committee Report SARCON '06 brochure and Patagonia Catalog were brought to meeting. Radios are available for check out.
Membership Tom is planning to audit the training status on the database to make sure it is up to date.
Public Relations Committee Report Committee meeting on June 29th at Kelly's on Central and Wellesly.
Medical Committee Report CE structure has changed, they have categorized it. July 7-9 WFR, EMTB/I refresher will be coming up, Taos Ski Valley.
Communications Committee Report Notify All proposal, the Team will be able to keep our current contact number. Suggestions were made for changes to the current proposal.
President's Report Nothing to report went directly into Notifyall information.
Old Issues Old Business: Changes were made to the proposal for the notify all service. (See Meeting Minutes for full motion.) Motion to pass the motion 9 For 0 Against.
New Issues Tony is going to contact, contact wireless and get the ball rolling on notify all. New T-shirts available $5.00ea.
|Who's Who and New||by Tom Rinck, Membership Officer|
I think it would benefit the entire team if we increased our involvement in our mentorship program. To begin, I'd like to challenge each mentor to make an even bigger effort to help out, train, encourage, and assist your mentee. If you haven't spoken with your mentee, please call him. Ask him how he is doing, if he has any questions, and offer your assistance. Meet with your meentee before the monthly meetings or before trainings to go over anything that might interest them (i.e., training procedures, questions about evaluations, questions on missions).
It is important that mentees also take the initiative to reach out to their mentors. Call your mentor and ask to get together with them for impromptu training or for any questions about SAR you might have. Hopefully, this will help to make our mentorship program very effective at keeping new and old members more interested in SAR work.
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