|Top of the Hill||by Adam Hernandez|
Team Building? What is it? Why? An even better question is how do you do it? If you've been a member of the team for a couple of years you have your trusted team members. You know, the ones you would hike to the crest with, in the middle of the night, with no pack. You trust them, they trust you. Interesting enough I know of a couple of team members that have VERY different political beliefs, but they both trust each other.
Team building is extremely important for us and our subjects. We are there for the subjects and each other. The best way to build this trust is to work with each other more and be around each other more. Now, I don't want to have a beer with everybody and not everyone would want to have a beer with me, even though I might even buy the round. A better way to build this trust is to attend as many trainings as possible. Why? Because, during these training we see each other work out problems and help each other find the answers. Over time we all get proficent enough to maybe lead the class or training event. And the best way to learn something is to teach it. It causes us to look at each part of the training a little more closely. We all know how to tie a knot, but when we teach someone, it allows us to build trust and Team Building.
So, try to attend as many training events and evaluations as possible, even if you don't need them. There are times when I don't see some members for a period of time so I also will try to attend as many as I can.
Also, thank Tony for putting on all the training thoughout the year, it is alot of work.
|Boots and Blisters||by Tony Gaier|
The August training is on the 11th at Embudito Canyon Trailhead. It is a navigation training and starts at 9:00AM.
September’s training is a litter training on September 16th. It will be located at Chamisoso Canyon starting at 9:00AM.
October’s training is a search training on October 13th. It will be located at Strip Mine Trailhead starting at 9:00AM.
The September pre-meeting training is a hands-on letter packaging training.
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.
|Who's Who and New||by Mike Dugger|
The large influx of new potential members that we experienced earlier this year has tapered off to just a few new hits every month. Thus far, our "prospective rate," which is the fraction of first contacts that end up getting an orientation and on the phone tree, is about 0.14. That means that if this rate holds, we might pick up only a couple more prospective members for the rest of the year. The good news is that once a new contact becomes a prospective, odds are better than even that they will go on to become active members.
I am asking all members, active and prospective, for some help to increase our ranks. The number of members we deploy on a given mission is directly related to our total membership. So, the more people we have on the roster the more we can put in the field for a given mission. Active members, please do two things. First, make an effort to get one new person to come check out our team. Second, get to know one of our current prospectives a little better, and see if there is anything you can do to help them complete the requirements for active membership. Prospectives should also feel free to be proactive, talk to more seasoned members and ask for help with a training topic you might not feel very comfortable with. Or when you are contemplating an expensive gear purchase, get some inputs from the crusty old salts. You can also feel free to bring a friend to a CSAR event!
With everyone's help, we can increase our number of deployed searchers on every mission so that carrying those litters isn't quite so difficult.
|Medical News||by Mike Dugger|
Talking with our Medical Directors over the last month has gotten me thinking more about our preparations for treating allergic reactions. Do you know whether you are highly allergic to certain insect stings, reptiles, pollen, etc.? For instance, I have been stung by my share of bees and wasps, but never bitten by a scorpion or rattlesnake. Therefore, I don't know whether I might have an allergy to those protiens. A full-blown anaphylactic reaction is a serious emergency requiring treatment within about 5 minutes. Without treatment, swelling can close the airway and cause a person to suffocate. Tablets containing diphenhydramine hydrochloride (like BenadrylR) can counteract these symptoms, but take a while to get into the system through the stomach. For a severe reaction, this can be too long. A rapid response drug is epinephrine, or "epi." Epi is a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland and used as a muscle relaxant to prevent swelling in the airway. Since it is a stimulant, it also raises heart rate, and is a vasoconstrictor. The problem with epi is that it doesn't last long. So, the definitive treatment for a raging anaphylactic reaction is to administer BenadrylR immediately (for the long run), followed by epi to get the systemic histamine response under control right away.
I would like to encourage every member to think about your own allergy history, and whether you should carry epi. There is really no substitute for having this in the rare case of a severe reaction far from civilization. Epi requires a prescription, but your physician will probably be happy to write you one if you explain your concerns. You may also want to see an allergist to get tested for some of the allergens that we are likely to be exposed to on a mission. As a team, we should also evaluate whether we want our medical providers to have this. Epi has to be replaced periodically due to limited shelf life, and is available in many (injectable) forms.
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