|Top of the Hill||by Adam Hernandez|
Now that it is October, it is time to think about up coming officer elections. I would like any of you to think about throwing in your hat, or sock for that matter. Anyone thinking about a officer position should go to the Cibola SAR website and see what your responsibilities are. Some positions require more time, and some require basic math skills, eg. treasurer. Nothing that none of us can't handle, despite the fact that my wife won't let me do the check book at home. Anyway, If you have thought about getting more involved and helping out the team, talk to one of the officers or past officer.
Now for some upcoming news. It's really getting colder. Think 5-6 am, top of the mountain, windly, sitting around, waiting for the litter to make it to the subject. Wrapping yourself in one of those mutli-purpose plastic garbage bags we keep in our backpacks. As Tony says in his article, change your gear to cold weather or make sure you have it in your vehicle, so that you can put it on or pack it, if needed, before you get going.
I will be contacting those members that still need all evaluations, only three more evals left till the end of the year. If for some reason your can't make it, contact me and we'll see what we can do, to assemble an extra if needed.
|Boots and Blisters||by Tony Gaier|
Wow, it's October already, can you believe it! Fall is here and you can start to feel the cooler temperatures in the night and early morning now. This seasonal change is a good opportunity for you to go through your pack and change out expired food and first aid items. Think about changing out the lighter middle or inner layers with heavier weight ones. Throwing a sleeping bag or cooking stove in the pack may not be a bad idea either.
Just as a reminder, currently there are only 3 scheduled team trainings remaining for the year. 17 out of 24 team members still need 1 or more trainings before the end of the year.
The November pre-business meeting training will be a discussion on the art of fire making. There is no pre-business meeting training scheduled for the December business meeting.
October’s training is a search training on October 13th. It will be located at Strip Mine Trailhead starting at 9:00AM. The November’s training is on the 10th at Piedra Lisa SouthTrailhead. It is a navigation training and starts at 9:00AM. The December’s training is on the 16th at Chamisoso Canyon. It is a Litter Handling training and starts at 9:00AM.
Updates have been made to the training schedule, please check it often for newly posted information.
If you have any questions or concerns with upcoming training events please call or email me.
|Pinching Pennies||by Adam Hernandez|
|Who's Who and New||by Mike Dugger|
It is now official - the state has adopted the 2007 version of the Field Certification exam (formerly "PACE") for all future evaluations. Those of us who have already taken the New Mexico Field Certification exam will not need to do so again. However, there is some new material in there, and the Study Guide is worth a look since it contains much more detailed information than in the past. I would encourage everyone to download it and take a look. You can find all these documents at http://www.nmesc.org/certification.htm, under the study guide link.
Of course those prospectives who have not yet taken the Field Certification exam will need to take the new test. Please download a study guide and start preparing now. I plan to organize a session in the Albuquerque area this fall. It would also be very helpful, and save you a lot of time at the evaluation session, to go ahead and take the ICS I-100 course. You can do so online, and bring the certificate of completion with you to the evaluation session. Information can be found at the same link as above.
One thing everyone will have to do is add safety glasses to their packs. This is a new gear requirement in the Field Certification exam, and I have added it to our required gear list.
|Public Relations||by Adam Hernandez|
|Statewide SAR Notes||by Tony Gaier|
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