|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Who's Who and New|
|Gearing Up||Coming Attractions||On the Right Track|
|Feature Article||Web News||Disclaimer|
|| Callout Information
|| Recent Missions
|Top of the Hill||by Larry Mervine|
We each manage the risks we face by our actions to them. Our mistakes add to the dangers. Our collective expertise in different areas serves to control the danger we face as individuals.
Your level of commitment will determine not only how well you perform in the field, but also how long you will last in the business.
You do need to engage in a continual course of development in wilderness skills.
Search & Rescue requires team work, plain and simple.
Supporting your team: No volunteer is ever required to respond to a given call. But every volunteer is expected to respond as frequently as they are able. Defining what "able" means can get tricky. You must find a balance between your commitment to Search & Rescue and the rest of your life. Missing a great many calls outs because you're busy with other hobbies is a good signal that Search & Rescue is not where your interest lay. On the other hand becoming a stranger to family & friends because you're always off doing good deeds can be very damaging to interpersonal relationships. Neither extreme is acceptable.
I hope these words get you thinking about your level of commitment to Cibola Search & Rescue.
|Boots and Blisters||by Mike Dugger|
The next training will be on land navigation, and we're planning an exercise
that should be a lot of fun. This training will be conducted similar to the
way orienteering competitions are run. There will be markers placed in the
wilderness, and participants will be given maps showing the location of the
markers on the map. Participants will have to navigate to each of the
markers, and then do something at the marker that will prove that they found
it. This training will make use of many land navigation skills, such as
using declination to calculate headings, following bearings, performing a
resection (to determine position) and terrain visualization. It's not as
easy as it sounds! We'll start with some classroom time to help everyone
brush up on these skills before we do the field exercise.
|Who's Who and New||by Mickey Jojola|
|Gearing Up||by Mike Dugger|
The case for our Evac-U-Splint came from the manufacturer with only a simple handle at one end for carrying, much like you would carry a brief case. This arrangement is very awkward, and it is tiring to carry the Evac-U-Splint on trail by this handle for any length of time. During the basic litter-handling course that Scott Pierce and I conducted at the last ESCAPE, Larry Richardson offered to modify our Evac-U-Splint case so that it could be carried more easily. Larry has sewn some straps and buckles to the bag so that it can be worn like a backpack, or strapped onto a backpack. This should make it much easier to deploy the Evac-U-Splint when someone must carry it to the subject. I want to thank to Larry Richardson for donating his time and some materials to improve this piece of equipment.
|Coming Attractions||by Tom Russo|
|On the Right Track||by Mickey Jojola|
|Web News||by Tom Russo|
|Pager Codes and Procedures||by Susan Corban|
There are two Cibola SAR-owned pagers. At all times two team members carry these pagers in anticipation of call out for missions. These members are referred to as Pager #1 and Pager #2, and are scheduled on a monthly basis. Any active team member may sign up for pager #1, but pager #2 is selected from a group of designated gear handlers who will be responsible for getting all of Cibola's gear to the mission.
To initiate a search, incident command staff will designate a logistics contact person (usually ARES), who then performs team call out by paging the team group pager number; this page shows up on all team members' pagers, but it is not intended for everyone to return the call! One of the Cibola members operating the team pagers will send a group page indicating that the page from logistics is being handled. The member handling the call will talk with logistics to obtain mission information, including type of mission and directions to base. This person will record the relevant information on the Cibola Hotline for members to access.
When a mission is initiated, several pages in a row usually appear on Cibola members' pagers. The first is possibly a page from logistics indicating that a mission is being called. The next page will be from the Cibola Pager #1 or #2 giving notification that someone is handling the call for a mission. This should appear as the phone number of the person taking the call, followed by -111 or -222, indicating whether it's Pager # 1 or 2 taking the call. If another team member is handling the call out for some reason, that person's phone number should appear, followed by -333. This notification prevents duplication of efforts.
Next, after the Cibola member taking pager duty has time to obtain the mission information, the Cibola group page will be activated, telling everyone that there is a message on the Hotline for a mission. This will show on your pager as the Cibola Hotline number followed by -911. The phone tree is also thereby activated for those without pagers. There should be a delay of no more than about fifteen mintues before the Cibola group page and Hotline are activated if a search is initiated. At this time, members should leave a message that they're on their way and continue to check for updates on the Hotline. Those at the top of the telephone tree also respond to the Hotline, indicating activation of their branch. The person handling the call-out monitors the Hotline messages to determine the number of volunteers, that equipment is being transported as needed, and to ensure that all phone tree branches are activated. This information is relayed back to logistics by the person with pager duties. If a branch of the phone tree isn't activated, the pager handler will contact that branch or make arrangements for contact.
Updates frequently occur after a mission has been initiated. Examples are changes in incident base or directions, or a call for more volunteers. A group page may or may not occur for updates. Information changes are indicated by the Hotline number plus -411. If a mission is imminent, but tentative or not yet official, a group page with the Hotline number plus -321 will appear. The Hotline may indicate a time frame within which a mission will possibly be called. Access the Hotline for more information. When a mission is concluded, a group page will appear as 1022 and the Hotline will be updated.
Occasionally, someone will conduct a test on the Cibola group page. This should appear as a series of ones, such as 1111 or 111-1111.
All group pages show on your pager as "1 page," then "group 1," followed by the numeric message keyed in by the caller. And, of course, mistakes are made and occasionally things may not fall into the pattern prescribed by pager procedures. However, members should always be able to determine the mission information needed, and that's what counts.
In summary, the following codes should be familiar to all members.
|Hotline - 911||Yellow alert or mission, an official call out from incident command|
|Hotline - 321||Mission being started, no official call out yet|
|Hotline - 411||Information or administrative message|
|phone no - 111||pager no. 1 is handling call from logistics|
|phone no - 222||pager no. 2 is handling call from logistics|
|phone no - 333||other team member taking call from logistics|
|1111,111-1111,etc. (all ones)||test page|
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