|Top of the Hill||by Adam Hernandez|
Well, first off I would like to apologize to the two members who made it to last month's evaluation only to find that it had been cancelled. Cibola SAR doesn't have a way to contact potential prospective members. And we don't cancel evals too often, but the mission the night before didn't end until about 5 am and I didn't get home until 6 am or so. I notified the team via our pager system, but these guys were not on any list to be notified. They have since been put on the call out list so next time when I or someone else changes the plans, hopefully they will be contacted. But just a reminder if you have any questions check the hotline, sometimes, but not very often, we do change things at the last minute.
Just a reminder though, missions do come first. I have to admit, I did hesitate a moment about going on the mission. I was thinking about the eval, but realized that we are here for the people who need us. We can always make up the eval, but we can't go out again for the mission we might miss, or realize later that we should have gone.
Gas reciepts also need to be turned in at the meeting following the mission. Please help Warren with this matter. Don't be late, and even it's a small amount you need to turn it in. That way the State will be able to assess the total cost of missions. I realize that most poeple don't always turn in amounts for less than ten or twenty bucks, but if ten people don't do it, it adds up. If you want, donate it to the team. So turn in your reciepts.
Last but not least, if you're thinking about becoming an evaluator please contact me. We have a few members who have done this before and could really use a couple more. I would like anyone thinking about this to have been a member for at least three years. Also if you can assist in an eval before hand that would help. If you have any questions about how they work, look at the web and go over any eval that interests you, then talk to me or any other long term member. Remember that when you are doing the eval, you are there to make sure that all members are equally qualified.
|Boots and Blisters||by Steven Buckley|
I appreciate all of the help folks have offered running our training program. Your expertise will go a long way to keeping the team ready to deploy.I especially appreciate all of the medical expertise from Ron, Mike, and others. We really need to stay proficient in the medical aspects of our rescue work. Medical activities can help the subject, our fellow team members, and ourselves. We also have several medical providers on the team. We are fortunate to have the full spectrum from Wilderness First Responders (WFRs), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and medical doctors. I urge those of you with these certifications to keep them up to date. I encourage others wanting to get certified to pursue that. The medical certification path is rigorous and time consuming. Please contact Mike Dugger if interested.
We also have several opportunities to train with other teams. Santa Fe SAR would like to hold a joint training on the La Luz on 20 Sep 08. If interested, please let me or Tony know. I would like to hold a Mock Search this year. There will be lots of opportunities to get involved in that one. If interested in planning it, please let me know. Finally, Tom Russo is looking at one or more joint trainings with AMRC. Other training opportunities include specialized subject trainings. Terry suggested that we do a west side terrain orientation. The idea is to go four wheeling and familiarize ourselves with the area. I, for one, could use that information as I never go over to that side of town. Tony is running a night navigation training in March. Those are always a good time. Any other ideas please let me know and we will fold them into the training program.
Finally, I want to remind everyone why we train. The first reason is to familiarize ourselves with our SAR tasks. The other is to familiarize ourselves with how our teammates accomplish SAR tasks. Working on a group task makes us better rescuers. The team work of Cibola is our strong point (along with litter and search competencies.) Even if you have filled your two training requirements per half year, come on out and work with the team and have some fun. Thanks again for all the help you have been providing.
|Business as Usual||by Terry Hardin|
|Who's Who and New||by Mike Dugger|
Last December's article for the "who's who" section indicated how rare it is for people who express an interest in search and rescue to make it all the way to full member of our team. Many interested prospectives find that their available free time changes during the time it takes to meet the membership requirement. Becoming a member isn't very difficult, but other than the case of life changes, it takes a person who has made a personal committment to serve the community in this way, and to stick with it.
I am very pleased to announce that we have three new full members this month. These are the result of a NM field certification session that was organized by volunteers with St. John's College in Santa Fe. Several of our prospectives had met all our team requirements with the exception of field certification, and were just waiting for a session to complete this requirement. They are Randy Ferrin, Mike Lensi and Jason Neal. Please congratulate and welcome them to the ranks of full members.
A note to all the prospectives on the team: There will be another field certification test at ESCAPE, the state SAR conference, May 16-18 near Santa Fe. You should definitely try to make that one, as completing the NM Field Certification test has proven to be the rate-limiting step in becoming a member. The new study guide and other information about this test can be found at www.nmesc.org.
|Statewide SAR Notes||by Tony Gaier|
The next board meeting is scheduled for February 9, 2008. It will be located at the State Police District 5 Headquarters at Carlisle and Menaul (Just north of Rudy’s BBQ on Carlisle). Members of the SAR community are always welcome to attend the board meetings. If you are unable to attend and have an issue you would like addressed at the meeting, please email or call me with your issue.
ESCAPE 2008 is the next major NMESC event. It will be located at the Glorieta Conference Center, May 16-18, 2008. The Training Officer has made this a sanctioned training event for Cibola, so you will receive training credit for attending. Please visit the NMESC ESCAPE webpage for additional information.
Tony Gaier, email@example.com
|Feature Article||by Larry Mervine|
Editor's Note: This article was prepared by former member and SAR God Larry Mervine, who moved out of state but still checks our newsletter every month. Thanks Larry!
I love to drink cold water on missions. So, on Friday nights I would place plastic water bottles into the freezer. Frozen water in plastic bottles on the outside of your pack can last about 3 to 4 hours before completely melting. And if packed inside your pack the water would remain solid much longer. There is nothing like having a cold drink while hiking up the La Luz trail. The body absorbs cold water faster than warm water and it tastes better, which means you will drink more. We know it is important for us to drink plenty of water when hiking, but remember to check that your SAR buddy is drinking water as well. Even when not on SAR missions, its good to have cold water when walking, hiking, working in the yard or anytime spending a lot of time outdoors.
One day when searching for the plastic water bottles that I had placed in the freezer, I discovered they were gone. I asked my wife where they went, and she said that she removed them because she had heard that freezing water in plastic can cause cancer. I enjoy drinking cold water too much in the 100 plus summer temperatures to let this go uncontested and turned to the internet to find the answer.
From the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health web site:
Recently, the internet has been flooded with false email warnings to avoid freezing water in plastic bottles so as not to get exposed to carcinogenic dioxins. There are no dioxins in plastics. In addition, freezing actually works against the release of chemicals. Chemicals do not diffuse as readily in cold temperatures, which would limit chemical release if there were dioxins, and we don’t think there are.
Is it okay for people to drink out of plastic water bottles?
First, people should be more concerned about the quality of the water they are drinking rather than the container it’s coming from. Many people do not feel comfortable drinking tap water, so they buy bottled water instead. The truth is that city water is much more highly regulated and monitored for quality than bottled water, which is not subject to such regulation. It can legally contain many things we would not tolerate in municipal drinking water.
Having said this, there is another group of chemicals called phthalates, that are sometimes added to plastics to make them flexible and less brittle. Phthalates are environmental contaminants that can exhibit hormone-like behavior by acting as endocrine disruptors in humans and animals. If you heat up plastics, you could increase the leaching of phthalates from the container into water and food.
Don’t be afraid of drinking water. It is very important to drink adequate amounts of water. By the way, that’s in addition to all the coffee, beer, and other diuretics we love to consume. Unless you are drinking really bad water, you are more likely to suffer from the adverse effects of dehydration than from the minuscule amounts of chemical contaminants present in your water supply. Relatively speaking, the risk from exposure to microbial contaminants is much greater than that from chemicals.
Some plastic bottles types are better than others with respect to leaching. You can find the type of plastic by looking at the recycle symbol on the bottom. It looks like a triangle with rounded edges and a number inside or below the triangle. A common type of water bottle for backpackers is labeled #7 on the bottom. A common form is the 32 ounce wide mouth, with Nalgene as the best-known producer.
Found this information from the Trusted.MD web site:
Plastic water bottles are very convenient for carting water around when we are on the go, as they don’t break if we drop them. However, it is worth paying attention to the type of plastic your bottle is made of, to ensure that the chemicals in the plastic do not leach into the water. If you taste plastic, you are drinking it, so get yourself another bottle.
To be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle. If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine. The type of plastic bottle in which water is usually sold in the grocery store is a #1, and is only recommended for one time use. Do not refill it. It is better to use a reusable water bottle all the time, fill it with your own filtered water from home and keep these single-use bottles out of the landfill. You can sterilize these bottles with a simple bleach water solution at a concentration of about one teaspoon per gallon. Rinse and let soak a few minutes, then dump out and fill with fresh water. This solution is too weak to leave much of a taste, but is an effective sanitizer.
Unfortunately, those fabulous colorful hard plastic lexan bottles made with polycarbonate plastics and identified by the #7 recycling symbol may leach BPA. Bisphenol A is a xenoestrogen, a known endocrine disruptor, meaning it disturbs the hormonal messaging in our bodies.
Here are some helpful tips
Keep bottled water away from heat, which promotes leaching of chemicals.
Use bottled water quickly, as chemicals may migrate from plastic during storage. Ask retailers how long water has been on their shelves, and don't buy if it's been months.
Do not reuse bottles intended for single use. Reused water bottles also make good breeding grounds for bacteria.
Choose rigid, reusable containers, or for hot/acidic liquids, thermoses with stainless steel or ceramic interiors.
|by Terry Hardin|
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