|Top of the Hill||by Adam Hernandez|
Well it's that time of year again. I completed my trainings and evaluations for last year and promise to do better next year. Every year I plan to complete one major objective, this year it will be HAM license. One of the good things about this license is that I can buy new toys, maybe a new radio for the vehicle. But mostly I need to understand more about my radio and be able to use it to the best of my knowledge. Right now my knowledge is limited. I encourage all who are not HAMs to embark on this this challenge also. Just a reminder, having a HAM license is not a requirement for the team.
This year I am also requesting that all NFCs try to help out on the pager system. I realize that your schedules may limit your trainings or evals and you may fall short during the year, but I would like to see you try to help out the team and take the pager handling duties, if possible. It is a major responsibility and every member should try to take it at least once a year. I know of a couple of members that take pager one and really want to get into the field. There are a few times that you can be pager one and still get into the field, but most of the time you need to find a sub.
Talking about upcoming duties and sharing the load I would also like to ask for your assistance in helping out with the training and evaluations. Steve has a lot of ideas and all his trainings are very good, but I don't want him to carry the load all by himself. I know that all members share a love for the outdoors and have come across many interesting facts, so lets share some of that knowledge with other team members. If you want to provide some extra training ideas or stand in as an instructor, please get with Steve. Also, if you have been a member for a while and want to do an evaluation please contact me. One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it.
I would like to have all team radios and GPSs turned in this month or next. This will allow us to inventory and make sure that they are all working properly. Also, right now we have one radio and one GPS that has gone AWOL. Please double check your gear and help them find their way home.
I would like to thank all the new officers in advance. I'm sure that we will have an exciting and interesting year.
|Boots and Blisters||by Steven Buckley|
Thanks for electing me VP/Training Officer this year. I hope to execute a training program that meets the requirement to ensure team members are ready to successfully get certified during evaluations. I also recognize that many of you who have been on the team for a while want some variety in the training program. I am one of you. I intend to run a variety of “different” training opportunities beyond the normal Search Techniques/Land Navigation/Litter training events. I did this several years ago when I was the Training Officer and it was well received. Other Training Officers also ran similar trainings. I remember a night navigation training that Tony ran. It was fun and useful too. I also am interested in running a mock search again this year. A mock search takes lot of work. It is also a lot of fun too. If you are interested in helping, please let me know. Tom Russo is looking into joint trainings with AMRC.
Now let’s discuss my training philosophy and goals. Our training program has two goals. The first is to ensure all members are proficient in the core skills our team requires. Those are litter operations, search operations, and land navigation. We conduct an evaluation program in these areas to certify that all members have achieved a standardized competency in these areas. The second is to ensure that we routinely train as a team. These opportunities to operate as a unit in a field environment ensure that when we respond to a mission we have practiced the service we are giving our community. That is why we require active participation in our training program with attendance at a minimum of 2 training events per six-month period. There will be plenty of training opportunities. I will alternate trainings on Saturday and Sunday to ensure those of you with religious or other commitments can attend some of our training events. I can also accommodate trainings on selected weekdays if the minimum requirement of three members can be arranged. The only excuse for any member to go training deficient is that they choose to do so.
There is nothing in this agenda that says the trainings can’t be lots of fun, too. I would like to try to offer a variety of training events that get the job done in a fun way. For example, last weekend I ran a simple training in the Sandias. The event had two training objectives. The first was PT. Physical training will be a personal goal this year (I think I am the oldest team member…or at least that's what my creaking bones are saying) and some of my training events will be centered around long hikes in the mountains. The second objective of this training event was to practice body temperature/moisture management while on missions. Every one of my alternate trainings will have some academic objective. Yes, there will be a lecture followed by a practical exercise. There will be at least two trainings that involve overnight operations. The basic objective of these events is to ensure the gear we carry on missions can sustain us overnight. Personally, I am looking forward to the bivys. They are always fun times. I am also looking into opportunities for classroom only trainings. We have had a couple of great trainings in the classroom. Communications training is an excellent example. Finally, we need to discuss pre-meeting trainings. I will run all the pre-meeting trainings unless I can get volunteers to run some of them. I expect my trainings to be pretty lame so please spare your fellow team members and step up to the plate and share your knowledge. Please let me know if you are interested in running a pre-meeting training. We need training in medical and other technical SAR areas that I am not qualified to accomplish. Please share your knowledge. Finally, my work has a difficult travel schedule. There will be times when I will not be available for meetings or trainings. I will need your help on occasion. I thank you in advance for that help.
|Pinching Pennies||by Warren Wylupski|
First, I want to start by thanking our outgoing Treasurer - Mark Espelien. He will continue as our gear person, so we'll still see him around.
This position is new to me, so please bear with me as I get familiarized. I will take reimbursement request forms (for gas used on a mission with a mission number) at our monthly business meetings, or you can mail them to the post office box listed on the form. Please remember to fill these forms out completely, and attach the ORIGINAL receipt for gas and oil. And, if you don't want to be bothered cashing a small check, you can always donate these funds to our team - just check the box on the form stating that.
Mark reminded me of something at our officers meeting - many businesses support volunteerism by matching time devoted to a bonifide non-profit. Please look into whether your work has this type of program, and if so - sign up. My work will donate $5 for every hour I donate, with a maximum of $200. Every little bit helps.
I look forward to 2008, and seeing all the orange.
|Who's Who and New||by Mike Dugger|
Two new prospective members have been added to the roster. They are Mark Pankey on Mark's branch of the tree, and Kirk Sather on Tony's branch. These guys had their pack check last month after our litter training, and are ready to hit the field. Please say hello and make them feel welcome.
It is January, so it must be time for a tally of training and certification. These are actually done automatically by our web database, and result in those little codes on the phone tree. Take a minute to look at the legend at the top of the phone tree and make sure you understand what those mean, in case you end up having to call out a branch of the phone tree some night. Along these lines, it is with regret that I must inform the team that we lost two full members as of this month. Chris Murray is very busy pursuing a Master's degree, but expects to come back once he has completed that. David Chapek has been tied up with a new work schedule. He expressed interest in coming back once his schedule permits.
These things happen, and reflect the normal comings and goings of a healthy organization. We always hate it when old friends and colleagues who have contributed a lot to the team find that they have to move on. At the same time, the influx of new people, and the ideas they bring with them, keep the organization fresh.
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