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|Top of the Hill||by Larry Mervine|
See you out there.
|Boots and Blisters||by Tom Russo|
Since we had to cancel the tracking class at the last minute in March, we put together a quick-and-dirty GPS usage and SAR Communications training instead. Most of the training was classroom stuff, sitting around and going over features of radios and GPS receivers, but we also got to hike out from Chamisoso road and try out our GPS units in a little field exercise. It was a pretty day, and I think we all got a little something out of the training.
For our fourth scheduled training of the year, April's training will be a Mock Search. The date will be Saturday, April 10th, the location and time will be announced via the phone tree system. Please have your gear ready to go, and try to keep yourselves available in the later part of the day (e.g. late afternoon, early evening). I would really like to see as close to 100% participation as we can get. Please make sure your radio batteries are charged! We want to have as many functioning radios available as possible so we can have a radio for each team sent into the field. Expect the callout to occur at a typical time for a weekend search. All members are encouraged to participate, including those who have not yet had orientations: while we will not send you out into the field without having had a gear check, you can certainly learn a lot about searches by observing and helping with base camp duties. Furthermore, it is likely that Incident Command will need people to shuttle teams from base to their assignments, and you can help out that way, too. So if you were hoping to use this training as your third "you bet I'm interested" activity, you are welcome to attend, just don't expect to be assigned to hike up trail without having had a gear check.
I regret to report I had to cancel this month's litter handling evaluation session because an insufficient number of people signed up to come to it, and we wouldn't have been able to hold the eval. It was unfair to those who did sign up to do so, but unfortunately it takes at least six people to run a litter, and we just can't swing it with four. My apologies to those who were unable to get their evaluations out of the way because of this. As a reminder: I have been asking people via the voicemail and an emailed transcript of the voicemail message to please leave a message on the voicemail at least a week in advance of an evaluation if you are planning to attend. Contrary to popular and occasionally expressed opinion, I have a life, too, and will not hold an evaluation time open indefinitely if nobody plans to attend it.
There are only two remaining scheduled chances this year for you to get litter handling evaluations done, so please keep track of what evaluations you still need to get done this year and plan to attend one of the scheduled sessions. My plan is to have a land navigation evaluation on Sun, 9 May, a search techniques evaluation on Sat, 5 June, a litter evaluation on a Sunday in July (we'll have to pick something other than the day that my normal algorithm would select: 4 July), a Land navigation evaluation on Sat, 7 August, a search techniques evaluation on a Sunday in September (again, my algorithm would have selected Labor day for this, so we'll have to come up with a better day), litter evaluation on Sat, 9 Oct, land navigation on Sun, 7 November and finally search techniques on Sat, 4 December . Given how very difficult it was to manage a three-evals-in-one-day session last December, I will definitely not try to do it again this year, so please don't wait until December to realize you need all three evaluations before the end of the year!
As always, if there are enough members who need a particular evaluation, and there is an evaluator willing to take a few hours to set up an evaluation session in addition to mine, then additional sessions can be held.
Oh, yeah, one other thing. I would like to remind you all that you will not get credit for having attended a training if you arrive more than 15 minutes after the announced starting time. An exception was made at this past training because there were really two separate trainings combined into one and the people who showed up late were still early enough to get the whole of the second one, but in the future the sign-in sheet will be taken up after 15 minutes.
A last comment: on occasion certain folks who bother themselves with such
things have commented on how we sign in at base camp when attending missions.
Where you are asked to fill in what team you belong to, please do not sign in
as "CSAR" but rather as "Cibola SAR." Apparently "CSAR" is ambiguous enough to
cause confusion, especially in out-of-district missions. So that we all get
practice filling out sign-in sheets in this mission-free dry spell, I'll be
using copies of official sign in sheets as the sign-ins for meetings and
|Hike of the Month||South Crest Trail||1830, Apr 30, 1999|
|Trailhead: I-40 east to exit 175 (Cedar Crest/Tijeras)|
|R.T. Distance: 5+ miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6600/8200|
|Hiking Time 3+ hours||Hazards: Loose rock, darkness|
|Topo Maps: Tijeras|
|Who's Who and New||by Susan Corban|
To help everyone learn who all the other members are, short member profiles will appear in this section for those who will volunteer the details of their lives. You will all get your turn!
Curtis Crutcher has lived all over the world, but he's actually a real, live native of Albuquerque. Curtis was career-military and wanted to stay that way. The end of the "Cold War," however, brought the end of his job. Curtis speaks Russian and was a special forces expert in jungle and severe cold weather operations. Now he's giving civilian life a try. Having done lots of outdoor operations (New Mexico, Texas, California, North Carolina, Australia, Japan, Germany, Philippines, Thailand, Panama, etc), Curtis wanted to continue to use his training and love of the outdoors, hence, his interest in Cibola SAR. When he's not working at Zangara Dodge, Curtis spends time with his wife, Susan, and three daughters. The girls are ages six, eight, and thirteen.
Nancy E. O'Neill (aka neon) is from all over the planet. Nancy was born in Okinawa and followed the family army assignments around the globe. In a position recently created for her, Nancy works at IBM. (Congratulations on the new position.) Her other job is M.O.M. (Manager of Mayhem) to her three girls. The girls are thirteen, eleven and nine. The remainder of Nancy's immediate circle includes horses, dogs, cats, and one rat. A very nice rat, I'm sure. Ever since the last ice age Nancy has been a "horse person." She's managed horse shows and barns and taught dressage. She got involved in Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department Mounted SAR and was then voted onto the NM Emergency Services Council. Not having enough to keep her busy, Nancy joined Cibola SAR. Next to being outdoors, her favorite thing is chocolate, dark, rich chocolate.
Susan Corban has lived in New Mexico since 1977, but was originally from Connecticut. She's worked at UNM for 20 years. She's a publications designer and editor and advises students. She has 14 kids and is expecting about 28 more before the end of May. You may have seen their moms at the dairy barn at the State Fairgrounds. Anyone who wants to bring their children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors to visit the goats, mule, horses, dogs, (no rats, but mice included, free) just give a call. She likes to paint and draw, ski, run, hike, backpack, chase after wildflowers, and just about anything else outdoors. While sitting at the East Mountain Rendezvous for the NM Mountain Club, Susan spotted the Cibola display and decided Cibola would be a great way to volunteer.
|Mini Lesson: Insect Bites||by Joyce Rumschlag|
Emergency allergic or hypersensitive reactions sometimes result from the stings of bees, wasps and ants. Many people are allergic to the venom of these particular insects. Bites or stings from these insects may produce more serious reactions, to include generalized itching and hives, weakness, anxiety, headache, breathing difficulties, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Very serious allergic reactions (called anaphylactic shock) can lead to complete collapse, shock and even death.
If there is a stinger present, remove it by scraping the skin's surface with a fingernail or knife. Do not squeeze the sac attached to the stinger because it may inject more venom.
Wash the area of the bite or sting with soap and water.
Remove jewelry from bitten extremities because swelling is common.
In most cases of insect bites the reaction will be mild and localized; use ice or cold compresses on the side of the bite or sting. This will help reduce swelling, ease the pain, and slow the absorption of venom. Meat tenderizer or calamine lotion may be applied locally. I have tried both and neither had any significant effect on itching or swelling. I have also found that a decrease in activity and elevation of the affected area reduces "down time."
If the reaction or symptoms appear serious, seek medical aid immediately. Swelling can be dangerous when it begins to restrict circulation.
Apply insect repellent, reapply every 2 hours or after stream crossings. Be on the watch for insects swarming around. Never swat at or try to fan away insects. This seems to have a reverse effect on them.
Wear long pants especially when sitting directly on the ground. Long sleeved shirts can save on insect bites as well as provide protection from the sun.
Avoid wilderness critters and their nesting or bedding areas!
Virtual Naval Hospital
[Disclaimer: The editors remind you that written descriptions of first aid are not a substitute for proper first aid training, and that Cibola SAR's policy is that medical decisions are properly deferred to trained medical personnel!]
|Coming Attractions||by Tom Russo|
|Public Relations||by David Dixon|
On May 5 Susan, Larry, Don G. and I will be giving a 2 hour presentation on Outdoor Preparedness as an REI Workshop. We have been working on this for awhile and it?s something we could give to other groups.
We continue to see new faces at every meeting so we have to be doing something right. Keep up the good work, everyone. (Now we just need some missions).
|Web News||by Tom Russo|
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|Statewide SAR Notes||by Mike Dugger|
|Disclaimer and Copyright notice||the Editors|