Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 13, Issue 8
14 August 2008

Editors: Tom Russo,Mike Dugger,Tom Rinck Cibola Search and Rescue
That Others May Live...
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Top of the Hillby Adam Hernandez

Now What?

August 2008.  The year is more than half way gone. Training for the team is going pretty well.  Phelps has won his third gold medal at the Olympics, and I still haven't read that #@$% book "Now You're Talking".  I really do plan to get my ham license this year.

1075.  Every year I plan to do something that provides a forward movement in my personal developement.  Things get delayed and sidetracked.  I would like to blame someone else, but I can't.  The book was with me for two weeks on vacation and I opened it about ten times.  1075.  Reading about two pages, ok 1-1/2 pages per time.  I'm more of a magazine guy, color pictures, bright ads.  I can read a whole "Four Wheeler" magazine in hour and a half, and then peruse the adds for the next week or two.  Re-read the articles, think about what I like to do to my Bronco or other vehicle I might get, where I would like to go, etc,.

1075.  So, why is it so hard to read the "book?"  Just let me say that repetition has been proven to help memory.  I read a little, then get sidetracked.  Re-read a little and hopefully some of it get's burned into my memory.  I remember in the Marine Corps, the electronics classes, they took little pieces, and made you read the pieces again and again.  1075.  Repetition.  1075.  Repetition.  1075.  Repetition.  1075.  That's how to remember stuff, at least for me.  Reading is not my forte, I'm more of a do it type of guy.  Get a new GPS.  Drive around town and watch the little icon walk around.  Find home, work etc.  Do it again and again.  I try not to let my wife's questions get in the way. "Are we lost?" "Do you know where we are?"  She thinks she's funny.  I still happen to pull out my GPS and five years later, she still thinks she's funny.

1075.  We train and go over stuff.  Repeatively.  Books, maps, first aid, trainings etc.  We look at the same maps and try to learn.  We try to teach each other new tricks and easier ways of doing stuff.  Example, lead is heavier than coal.  Lead street is a one way that goes down town, Coal goes up.  Little things like that.  Sometimes it may take more than a few times to learn.  I remember teaching a new member about maps.  One of the other members looked at me and didn't realize that he had made it much more difficult than he needed.  That member has been on the team for almost as long as I have been.  No, that doesn't mean that I am a great teacher, or that he was slow, just that some people learn differently.  We help each other learn.  I can and cannot teach everyone.  We help each other train.  1075. 

1075.  So, the answer to the question, "Why haven't I read 'that' book?"  Mowing the lawn, washing the car, going to work, boogie boarding in California.  No good reason.  I will read it though.  Also, the number 1075 was my platoon in bootcamp a long, long time ago.

Learn Something Everyday! 

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Who's Who and Newby Mike Dugger

We've got a lot of prospective members on the team right now, so I wanted to take a minute and remind those folks of what they need to do to complete the process and move to full membership.

First, thank you all for joining the team.  Statistics over the last couple of years have shown that only a few percent of people who come to check out the team end up becoming members.  You are almost there!  Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you become part of that few percent.

As prospective members, you are to attend missions ONLY with a full CSAR member on your field assignment with you.  This is our version of "on the job training."  Our process is designed to get you into the field quickly so that you can get this on the job training. We want one of our members with you so that you can understand how we do things.  In the mean time, we train in the basic skills you will need sooner or later on a mission.  These include litter packaging and hauling, hasty and intensive search techniques, and land navigation.  There are other important skills to be learned as well, including communications, safety, and how to use the proper gear and clothing.  Hopefully some of these skills are picked up during the course of our other training, and by preparing for the NM SAR Field Certification exam.

Remember that to complete the membership process, you must complete four things within a year of becoming a prospective member.  You must pass the three evaluations sessions offered by CSAR covering litter, land navigation and search techniques.  In addition, you must pass the NM SAR Field Certification exam.  You should all have downloaded a study guide from http://www.nmesc.org/certification.htm, and begun to prepare for this exam.  When an announcement of a test session is made, it might only be a couple of weeks in advance and you want to be ready. 

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Feature Articleby Terry Hardin

The Cibola Team Philosophy

We have a team philosophy that is some what unique as compared to many other teams.  We have a set of priorities that we follow with regard to taking care of others in the field.  Here is the order of our priorities.

Priorities :

  1.  Take care of yourself. 
  2.  Take care of your team (including other rescue team members). 
  3.  Take care of your subject.
  4.  Take care of your subject’s family and friends.
  5.  Take care of the public at large.

1)  When you are in the field, you need to try to be self sufficient.  That means preparing and keeping an eye on your water supply and usage (in and out), food supply and usage (in and out), physical condition and limitations, and mental condition (including stress levels and dealing with injury or death of subjects in the field).  All of us are human and have different limitations and we need to be aware of our personal limitations.  If we run into problems, we need to make sure that we tell our team leader and other team members.

2)  When in the field, it is specifically a priority of the team leader to watch out for their team members.  That means that the team leader should be aware of where each of their team members is located and how they are doing, physically and mentally.  That means that the team needs to stay together on the trail within contact of the team leader.  We don’t want to unnecessarily add more subjects in the field because of secondary issues.

This same attitude should also be present in each of our team members.  Each team member should be watching out for your other team members.  Keep an eye out to make sure that the other team members are hydrated (a proper intake and output of fluids).  Make sure others are consuming an energy source (food).  Make sure they are doing well physically and not pushing it over their limits.  And make sure they are doing well mentally and not beyond their stress limits. 

We must keep in mind that each individual has a different physical condition, which changes over time.  Each individual has different skills and different learning rates.  Each individual has different limits, that change over time and in different stress levels.  We need to be patient with those that are at different levels than we are operating at.

Success means protect your team members.  We are working as a team together in the field.  We are not just lone individuals working isolated in the field.

This includes looking after members of other teams, that are seperated from their team.  We have seen situations where other teams have left behind their injured team members in the field and headed home.  We have seen where other teams have been in such a hurry to get out of the field after a rescue that they have abandoned other team members that have a lower physical endurance.  They have even started to leave the base camp for home when one of their team members was still in the field in the dark by themselves.  We never want this to happen to one of our team members.

There will be situations were we will split a team into two separate teams, because of physical limitations of team members or for some strategic reason.  However, we almost never want to leave a single individual by themselves in the wilderness.  It is best to have a minimum team group size of 4, so that if one individual is injured, one team member will stay with the injured individual and two will go for help.

If we don’t take care of ourselves, it will be more difficult to take care of the lost or injured subject.  In the past we have had situations were team members were injured.   We have had team members that have run into some physical limitations. When the team has to turn back or divide up into two teams, it may jeopardize the safety of the team or subject.  But, we don't leave anyone behind.  We don't seperate.  We work as a team.  That is the essence of the Cibola Team Philosophy.

3)  The most obvious priority is to take care of the subject.  That is why we go into the field.

4)  We sometimes forget that after taking care of the subject, we need to take care of the subject’s family and friends.  Sometimes they are in the field and sometimes not.  They will have both physical and emotional needs because of the stress that they are going through.

5)  The last priority is to take care of the public at large.  That includes the press and on lookers.

When we are in the field, we are a team.  Remember your priorities.  Remember the Cibola Team Philosophy.

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