|Top of the Hill||by Adam Hernandez|
Odd title, but while talking to a friend of mine a few weeks ago he mentioned that he was going to be celebrating St. Patricks day for two weekends. His college was celebrating its 100th St. Patrick's day celebration and he was going to celebrate it again here in Albuquerque. This brought to mind that he would be drinking most of the weekend. Usually SAR's prime time. I looked up some Blood Alcohol Level charts and realized that I could drink at least five drinks and still be within the legal limits, 0.08. The chart that I looked at, went up to 240 lbs. and I weigh 260.
Now, let me say that I don't really want to be drinking five beers and hiking or driving anywhere. I don't think we --- individually or as a team --- should either. We don't go to work with alcohol in our blood, and we shouldn't be out looking for someone either. If you have had a couple of drinks at a barbeque or social event, you probably shouldn't be on the trail looking for someone. You are putting yourself and everyone else in harm's way.
Some other good reasons for staying home are various medications. The ones that say "Don't drive heavy machinery". You might not realize it but your car is a piece of heavy machinery. You also don't want to be holding on to the litter with a 50' cliff on your immediate left at this time. There are also medications that will give you a rash if your out in the sun. I've done this one. I forget the medication, but remember the rash. Cough medicines can make your sleepy. If you're on pain relievers, you probably shouldn't be hiking around with a 40 pound backpack on. I know this is hard, but read the warnings on any medication you are taking. If you think they will have an impact on the trail, ask your pharmacist, or don't go.
If you have just worked out, and are totally exhausted, you shouldn't go on a mission. If you have a back problem that flares up every once in a while, and your back feels tight, don't go. If you just played football at the park and "might" have twisted your ankle, don't go. We, as members of a Search and Rescue team have to listen to our bodies. If you don't feel good, don't go.
If you have to get up in the morning and do a presentation at work, you probably shouldn't be out till 6:00 am. If it's your wife's birthday, you might want to think about it first. I've done this and I still hear about it every once in a while. These last ones are more personal and professional, but they do have a lasting impact on our team attendance and missions.
Attend as many trainings and missions as you "reasonably" can.
All these comments above are made without resemblance to any members past or present.
|Boots and Blisters||by Steven Buckley|
Team, I need to apologize for all the time I have been away. As my mission approaches, it eats much more of my time. The next two months will require extensive travel. Sorry for that. I also want to thank those who have stepped in to help me execute our training program. Tony planned and ran a night navigation training and Terry just put together a 4 WD training for this summer. Thanks to both for picking up my load when I was out of town. Tom is working joint training opportunities with AMRC. Since we routinely operate in the field with AMRC, joint trainings offer a chance to standardize the interactions between the teams. I also want to thank those who have worked pre-meeting trainings too. In particular Mike Dugger worked several. Thanks Tony, Terry, Tom, and Mike. Hope I did't miss someone.
ESCAPE looms and it is always a good time. We get to interact with many of the New Mexico SAR community, get to attend interesting training sessions, and get to knock off things like state certification and Ham licenses. I urge you to go. Of course, I will be TDY.
I want to encourage all of you to consider planning and running a training event. This is an opportunity to share some unique experience you have. I know some of you are interested in primitive survival skills. Can you make fire without matches? Can you track a subject? Do you have experience with other forms of SAR such as dog teams? Teach us.
Now let's discuss one more opportunity. We have run a mock search for the New Mexico SAR community in past years. A mock search is a big project. Most have been well received. I would like some feedback from you on if we should pursue another mock search this year. I was thinking an October event might make some sense. Please let me know what you think. We have a training hike this weekend. I look forward to seeing you then.
|Statewide SAR Notes||by Tony Gaier|
ESCAPE 2008 (May 16-18, 2008) is rapidly approaching. The training schedule is quickly coming together and there is a “DRAFT” schedule under the “Miscellaneous Information” link on the NMESC “ESCAPE” webpage.
The following types of training will be available at ESCAPE: K-9, Medical, Radio, Management, Basic Skill, Advanced Skill, and Technical. The NMESC General Meeting will be held Saturday morning, May 17, 2008, in the Aspen Auditorium. Bruce Tremper, Director of the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center and author of Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, will be our guest speaker Saturday evening, May 17, 2008. A field certification session will be available Sunday morning, May 18, 2008. Please check the NMESC website frequently for updated ESCAPE information.
ESCAPE check-in and registration will be available starting at 8AM Friday, May 16. The first training event starts at 9AM and training will end at 12PM on Sunday May 18, 2008.
The Glorieta Conference Center no longer has a block of Rooms/Tent Spaces/RV Spots set aside for us. Glorieta has three other events going on at the same time as ours. There is a potential that accommodations will be limited. Therefore, if you are planning to stay in Glorieta’s facilities, please make your reservation as soon as possible. Glorieta’s reservation phone number is 1-800-797-4222.
Individuals registering for ESCAPE before May 2, 2008, will be entered in a drawing for National Geographic Topo software. Early registrants will also receive some additional “bonus items” in their welcome package. Do not wait, register now!
If you have had the opportunity to attend an event at the Glorieta Conference Center you know their accommodations and dinning is well worth the expense. The Glorieta Conference Center offers many activities. So if you are worried about leaving your family or friends at home, don’t, bring them along! While you are attending ESCAPE activities your family or friends can be enjoying one of the many activities available to them. Some of the available activities are Softball, Basketball, Tennis, Hiking, Fishing, Horseshoes, Frisbee Golf, and much more. Visit the Glorieta Conference Center website for more information.
If you have any questions or concerns please call or email me.
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