|Top of the Hill||by Adam Hernandez|
Fossett has been found. Well, we're 99.9999% sure he has. They are going to try and verify some bone DNA. The interesting facts are that he was found outside the original search area. Thousands of hours were spent trying to find him. Then the search area was extended from 10,000 square miles to 17,000 square miles. Then later to 20,000 square miles. He was found within the extended search areas. A hiker found some items that were Fosset's. The hiker wasn't hiking on the trail, but just meandering along. He looked down and found a wallet and a weathered shirt.
What I find interesting is that the Fossett search is typical of some of our searches. We look for the subjects, in the most likely area. We analyze the information, age, health, weather, day or night, etc. We formulate the best hypothesis of where the subject can be. Then, if need be, we will extend the area based on the information that comes to light or after the initial search area has been searched with a high probabilty of detection. Too many variables come into play to be discussed in this newsletter.
We look for subjects that have been lost for hours or days. Sometimes the information we have can be a little misleading. I have been on a search that had us looking for someone near the Crest, who said they could see the tram building. We didn't realize that the tram building he was looking at was the lower building, not the upper. He walked out and was fine. And sometimes the subject can be out of the area, because of will power. Once a child had covered more area than expected. He spent a night out in the cold snowy mountains. He was found right outside the area I was covering, by a dog team. The four wheel team found him not more than a 1/4 mile down a trail from where we were.
There are also ones that we do find, that did not make it. This doesn't happen very often, but it does. We look, and look, and look again. There is nothing we can do.
And then there are the ones that we don't find. In the seven years I've been doing this, there have only been two searches that I can remember were we came up empty. We may never know what happened to them. We have our guesses. I think one may have walked off and just went home. He was sort of a vagabond. But that is just my personel guess. The other is still not found and my thoughts are with the family. I can't imagine the loss.
As Searchers we look for living people. I'm an optimist, I hope for that, everytime. We go out into the mountains, forests, fields and somtimes right on the edge of the city, looking in and around. Our job is to find people. Sometimes we help them get unstuck, eg. four wheeling. Sometimes we just bring them down to their family. And sometimes we recover.
Again, my thoughts are with the Fossett family and the many others who have lived through the loss of friends and family members, who have either been found, recovered or are still waiting.
"That others may live"
|Business as Usual||by Terry Hardin|
Elections for our country's leaders are not the only elections that are coming up. In December we have our election of Cibola SAR officers for 2009. However, the nominations are due at the November Business Meeting (Nov. 13th). Therefore, make sure that you first contact your nominee (to be sure that they are willing to serve in the position) and then turn in their name at or before the November Business Meeting (Nov. 13th).
There are 5 officer positions on the ballot :
In order to run for an officer position, the individual must be a member (not a prospective). For details on the duties of the officers, see the Member Guide under “Officer Positions and Duties” (http://www.cibolasar.org/membersonly/memberguide.shtml).
If you have more questions about the officer duties, you can contact the current officers : President (Adam Hernandez), Vice-President (Steve Buckley), Treasurer (Warren Wylupski), Secretary (Terry Hardin), and Membership Officer (Mike Dugger).
Therefore, make sure that you get your nominations in by the November Business Meeting (Nov. 13th).
It is also very important that you vote in December. Even if an election is uncontested, unlike what is going on in most of the country, please return your ballot. Our Member Guide requires that a minimum percentage of the membership cast votes in order for our David Dixon Memorial Award to be given. So please, put your ballot in the mail or show up in December to vote in person.
|Who's Who and New||by Mike Dugger|
We have more prospective members on the team now than in any time I can recall in the past 14 years. It is great to see all the new faces, and meet so many new people interested in search and rescue. It is also important that we bring many new people to the team. The data I have collected over the past couple of years suggests that only a couple percent of the people who contact the team eventually become full members. That's right - we need to reach about a hundred people to pick up two new members.
I am hoping that this percentage is just a reflection that the process takes the better part of a year, and I haven't been in the job long enough to see the people I have helped get started go on to finish the process. So, I hope all of our prospectives will finish the process. One of the most challenging requirements to fulfill is the NM Field Certification test. Not because it is hard, but because it is offered infrequently. I will see about getting a session scheduled in the Albuquerque area this fall to help a lot of you complete this requirement.
Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help you Follow Through.
|Medical News||by Mike Dugger|
Did you know that next to "ground-pounding," the next most often required resource on a search and rescue mission is medical personnel? It's true. Years ago some members of our team did an analysis of years worth of mission records up in the SAR Resource Officer's files in Santa Fe. We found that hasty searches and litter evacs made up the vast majority of missions, and the next most often-used capability was a medical provider. Technical skills, dogs, horses, etc. were pretty far down the list compared to the top three.
An important part of being an effective ground pounder is being able to communicate with base camp. We have several radios to lend to members until you get your own, but please consider purchasing a hand-held radio to add to your SAR gear. This will insure that we don't have the unfortunate situation of a team at base camp ready to go, but without a radio. The incident command staff won't send you on an assignment without communications. And medical providers need to be able to communicate with base camp, to convey the condition of the subject or to talk to more advanced medical providers about treatments, if that is needed. While not absolutely required, a ham radio license allows you to use other frequencies and repeaters that can insure you can get through even when our SAR frequencies won't work due to terrain.
So, if you have been wondering what you could do to become an even more effective member of the SAR community, the answer is to get a radio, and get medically certified. I can help you understand the process and get started becoming a ham radio operator and an EMS First Responder - just let me know that you are interested.
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