Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 4, Issue 8
12 August 1999
Editors: Tom Russo, Mike Dugger,
and Susan Corban

Cibola Search and Rescue
"That Others May Live..."
Top of the Hill Boots and Blisters Business as Usual
Who's Who and New Coming Attractions Mini Lesson
Member Spotlight Public Relations Statewide SAR Notes
Disclaimer/Copyright
Recent Missions
Calendar
Callout Information
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Top of the Hill by Larry Mervine
This weekend a number of our team members went on the summer bivy but I went to see the movie "The Blair Witch Project." The movie is about three young film makers who go to a place in the woods and never return. What does Search & Rescue have to do with this? It is how the movie portrays the behavior of the lost movie makers. They first start accusing the leader for not knowing where they are going. And at night they hear strange noises. After seeing some strange objects during the day, their attacks on each other increase. The night noises seem closer and more intense. As the situation gets more desperate, their emotions take over. One of the film makers disappears or runs off. The other two are weak and emotionally drained. That night, they hear their friend's voice and run into the dark to an abandoned house. You can hear the panic in their voices as they go through the house. Then the movie ends.

While living in Colorado I did what you should not do: a solo over night in the Rocky Mountains. I parked my vehicle at a trailhead and walked about three miles up a dirt road, then 40' off the road pitched a tent. The night seems to be the scariest time. What to do until morning? This is the time your mind wanders. You start remembering stories about animals and crazy people. And now you begin to hear the sounds of the forest. The heart pounds faster, sleep is not an option.

On missions we do not want members to go into the field alone. We talk about this as a safety issue, if we get injuried, but have not talked about this as an emotional issue. Most of the time our searches are at night and we easily get separated from other team members. For short periods this is not a problem. There have been times in the field when individual team members have been separated for almost an hour. All people are different, but even after 10 minutes I have experienced a little heart pounding. What can we do? Always keep teams members within voice or headlamp distance. The terrain features may make this an inefficient search technique, but your team memebers may feel better. If team members become too argumentative, maybe they are frightened and do not want to admit it.

Keep this in mind when approaching lost subjects. They may have been out there for a long time and be frightened of you. Or they may be very excited to see you, but then collapse minutes later.

We also, need to remember that a subject should never be the last person when returning from the field. Even a team member may become too exhausted and lag behind or stop to sit without telling anyone. Look out for each other.

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Boots and Blisters by Tom Russo
I just want to take a few lines to thank everyone who has been showing up regularly to trainings. We've been having very nice turnout on the last few trainings, and it is profoundly rewarding to see that folks are coming out, participating in trainings and working to build the trust we all need to have in order to work together on missions. Missions have been few and far between this year, so it's really easy to get slack about technique, gear, and physical fitness. I've been getting into the habit of pulling my gear out and sorting through it every month just to make sure I know where everything is, and I recommend that you do the same.

Susan Corban set up a wonderful summer bivy which was very well attended. After what some would call a pleasant 6 mile hike (and others might call a grueling, muddy, oxygen-free 6 mile forced march) 12 Cibola members plus a few children, dogs and a pony convened at Pecos Baldy Lake for some crystal clear night skies, fresh (albeit thin) air, and a bit of camaraderie around a nice warm campfire. Three of our members passed their land nav evaluation up there, and several prospective members gave it a practice shot. As of this trip, Susan Corban is an alternate land nav evaluator. Thank you, Susan, both for the bivy idea and volunteering to help evaluate.

Congratulations to Susan, KD5HTW and Paul, KD5HUA, our newest licensed Hams. This brings the tally this year to seven new licensees since January, a little above our stated goal of five, and our total number of licensed Hams to 15. That means 44% of our current membership have Ham tickets! Look forward to a lot more communications training opportunities in the coming months. This will probably be done outside of our regular training events, perhaps during our now-weekly radio yak sessions.

Five new members passed the PACE exam on Sunday, 18 July: Eric Jaramillo, Brian Lematta, Richard Lloyd, Brian Murray and Chris Murray. Good show, folks!

We had a great turnout to the ICS-200 class in Albuquerque. 13 Cibola members and prospective members attended: Art Bisbee, Susan Corban, Curtis Crutcher, David Dixon, Terry Hardin, Eric Jaramillo, Mickey Jojola, Steve Meserole, Nancy O'Neill, Jeff Phillips, Melinda Ricker, Ella May Robinson and Tom Russo. In fact, during the introductions Rick Goodman paused to ask "Is anyone here NOT from Cibola?" As a correction to information previously stated in these pages, a Type-I team requires that one member have been through ICS-200; it had been previously stated that every member needed this, but the Resource Directory (and the Resource Officer, for that matter) says otherwise. Having 13 more members with ICS-200 training definitely increases our ability to field Type-I teams, but we'll still need some Wilderness First Responders and/or EMTs before we can do so on our own; the requirements for a Type-I team are that one member have WFR training or higher, one member have ICS-200, all members be equipped to stay in the field for up to 24 hours, and all members have a solid grasp of search techniques and navigation. That is to say, take two Cibola members who've passed our field certification, one of whom has ICS-200, add a WFR and you have a Type-I team.

We have signed the contract with Wilderness Medical Institute and paid the deposit as voted on in July. It's official: we will be sponsoring a Wilderness First Aid course on Saturday-Sunday, 30-31 October 1999. Members will need to pay $40 each, the team covering the rest; you need to pay in advance to reserve your space. Members spouses may also put $40 down to hold a place, but they will need to pay the remainder before the class. Non-members are welcome and must pay a $50 deposit in advance and the remainder of the $100 cost by the day of the class; this is a few dollars cheaper than the going rate for this same course. We will be inviting the members of other NM SAR teams to participate. The class is limited to 30 participants and I would expect that there will be considerable interest outside the team, so put your deposit down as soon as possible. We're still working on the question of where we can hold the course; if you work for someplace that has a large conference room, preferably with a large nearby patio (for doing the hands-on work), please let me know. We're working on getting a classroom at Kirtland AFB, but if that falls through it will be great to have a fallback position.

By the way, the composition of a Type-II field team requires one WFA trained person and one ICS-100 trained person. All members of a Type-II team must be equipped to stay in the field up to 12 hours, and have familiarity with search techniques and map and compass skills. Thus we will be able to field quite a few Type-II teams immediately upon completion of the WFA class, since Cibola's training standards meet or exceed all the other Type-II requirements -- in fact, they almost but not quite meet the Type-I requirements.

On the training schedule: For your reference, here is the complete training and evaluation schedule for the rest of the year:
Saturday 7 AugustSummer Bivy and Land Nav Eval
Saturday 14 August4WD training, 8am-noon(*)
Saturday 11 SeptemberLand Nav training, 8am-2pm(*)
Sunday 19 SeptemberSearch techniques eval
Saturday 9 OctoberLitter eval
Sat-Sun 30-31 OctoberWilderness First Aid (two 8-hour days)(*)
Sunday 7 NovemberLand nav eval
Saturday 13 NovemberTraining subject TBD(*)
Saturday 4 DecemberSearch Techniques eval
Sunday 12 DecemberTraining subject TBD (*)
The schedule is also available on the web at http://www.cibolasar.org/tsched.shtml

Each month there is at least one person who contacts me asking me to move a training to accommodate his or her personal schedule, and I can guarantee that if more than one ask they're all asking for conflicting changes. Sadly, I cannot accommodate every request, I am unlikely to give much weight to individual requests, and I cannot possibly hope to make everyone happy with the schedule. The best I can do is lay it all out before you and let you pick and choose the trainings that fit your schedule and your interests, and fix the schedule far enough in advance so that if you need to set aside time to attend that the training will in fact go down as planned --- I know only too well how irritating it is to make room in a schedule for something only to have it moved without warning.

It is up to you to make sure that you attend two trainings every six months and all three evaluations each year. I believe I have structured the schedule and put it out there well enough in advance so that everyone should be able to meet the requirements of active membership and field readiness. If, given 5-8 months advanced notice of scheduled trainings and evaluations, you still cannot fit two trainings out of 6 and 3 evaluations out of 12 into your schedule, perhaps you should reconsider whether you can give search and rescue the priority it deserves.

Susan maintains a book of training and evaluation data for every member. Please consult with her if you cannot check your own records on the website. There is ample opportunity to get your requirements fulfilled if you plan ahead now.


Hike of the MonthTree Springs to South Crest Trail0800, Aug 28, 1999
Trailhead: Tree Springs
R.T. Distance: 8 / or as far as you want milesElevation Min/Max: 8450/9800
Hiking Time 4 hoursHazards: none
Topo Maps: Sandia Crest
To get to the trailhead from Albuquerque, go east on I-40 to the Cedar Crest exit (175). Stay to the left on the exit ramp. Drive north on Hwy 14. Turn left on Rt 536 (Road to Sandia Peak Ski Area and Sandia Crest). The Tree Spring Trailhead is about 4.5-5 miles up the road and 1.5 miles before the ski area. There will be a parking lot adjacent to the trailhead. Forest Service fee of $3 or annual pass applies.
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Business as Usual [highlights from July minutes]
[Ed. Note: This month we begin a return to the use of this column to report highlights from the previous month's business meeting minutes. The minutes are always available on the members only website.]
President
David Dixon was the only nominee for Secretary, and was elected by a landslide.
Membership
Susan reported that Contact Paging has once again changed the procedure by which they want us to contact them for establishing service and has information for those who want pagers. She also distributed laminated ID cards, but needs to reprint the business cards. Contact Susan if you want some.
Treasurer
Mike reported that he is restructuring our records to make it easier to track classes expenditures and committee budgets. He is using this to make our annual financial statement.
Training
It was decided that we would hold our Wilderness First Aid class on the weekend of 30-31 October. The team will pay the WMI deposit and will begin collecting team member deposits next month (August). Larry gave details about the upcoming Search Techniques training. Tom announced the July ICS-200 and September Section chief classes. Tom explained that while he does give a start and end time for trainings, the end time is just a guess.
Equipment
Mike made new prussics for our low-angle gear. The old ones were too short, were made of 9mm cord and didn't bite the 11mm rope. Mike asked for volunteers to take over researching team vest purchases.
Standards
Larry Golden has finished editing the "base camp standards" and will present them next month.
Old Issues
Ryan and Gene have revceived some equipment donations, and a few offers of discounted gear. Gene will keep a list of the discounts and coordinate purchases. Back to Top
Who's Who and New by Susan Corban
Congratulations to James Newberry and Paul Donovan, now active Cibola members. Welcome, guys. Jeff Phillips has had his orientation and is ready to go on missions. Welcome, Jeff. We've got 14 prospective members on the team roster of 35 members right now. Back to Top
Mini Lesson by Susan Corban

Did You Know?

National Forest roads are usually rough, tear up your vehicle, and slow you down. Some just about suck the tires off your vehicle. Most Forest Service roads are unsurfaced or have gravel surfaces. Gravel makes steering and stopping more difficult, and unsurfaced roads are often slippery when wet. Most roads are not snowplowed or maintained for winter travel. There may or may not be turn-outs to avoid on-coming traffic. We've all experienced the "excitement" of this type of driving.

But, did you know that the Forest Service has a system to let you know just how bad the road is? To get a better idea of the state of the road you are about to drive, notice the signs posted along the roadside. The horizontal marker is used on forest service roads recommended for passenger cars. The vertical route marker is placed on unimproved roads that are maintained for high-clearance vehicles such as pickups and 4-wheel drive vehicles. Many of these roads can also be safely driven with a passenger car, however, considerable caution should be exercised. Another indicator of roads unsuitable for passenger cars is a painted road edge line on a paved road across a dirt road entrance. Obvious obstructions or cross-ditches also indicate unimproved roads.

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Coming Attractions by Tom Russo
As you might have noticed, the newsletter has been devoid of feature articles and minilessons in the last few months. This is mainly because those of us who used to write them have been overwhelmed with other things to do. But those parts of the newsletter are still available for members to fill, and if you would like to pen a minilesson on any SAR related topic, or a feature article that you feel might benefit the team and the wider SAR audience that our newsletter reaches, please feel free to contact any of the editors. Back to Top
Public Relations by David Dixon
On July 24th Larry, Don and I gave our Outdoor Preparedness Fireside Chat to almost 100 people at Elena G. (We were told it was an attendance record for a Fireside Chat!) Other than the wind and some rowdy folks at an adjacent site things went well. We had one VIP (very interested person) linger well after the talk. He turned out to be another one of my students. We hope to see him at the next meeting. All of us are gettin to be real public speakers.

The next morning I played host to 25-30 hikers of all ages for a leisurely stroll up the canyon. I brought my box of compasses and after an hour of hiking we did some basic compass skills. Most people on the hike did not appear compass literate so they seemed to appreciate the short session. Both groups thanked us for our efforts. We even got some nice certificates from the city to add to Cibola's P.R. files.

Our P.R. event for August is UNM Day on the 27th. The university is a good source of future members and this has proven to be a real positive event for us. See me or Susan if you would like to help staff our table. Back to Top
Member Spotlights
Paul Dressendorfer is the manager of the Advanced Microelectronic Packaging Department at Sandia National Laboratories (after having bounced around in other areas of microelectronics over the last 20 years). Outside of that endeavor, which tends to be far too sedentary, he pursues backpacking, skiing (all flavors), running, biking, whitewater rafting, and other sundry forms of locomotion. In previous years (lives?), he's been into rock climbing, mountaineering (cramponing up Mt. Rainier a couple of times), kayaking, flying, ... (perhaps a hidden death wish somewhere?). In his spare time he still plays in softball and flag football leagues. His wonderful wife Barbara thinks he hasn't outgrown his adolescent years, but she somehow manages to put up with all the potential (and sometimes realized) disasters - it's a good thing she's a doctor!! However, at least their two "kids" (Labrador mixes) do seem to enjoy all this brouhaha.

Art Bisbee is an Instructor Flight Engineer in the Air Force, teaching Special Operations and Combat Search & Rescue. He's been doing Combat SAR for a total of five years. Prior to his Albuquerque assignment, Art's been assigned in North Carolina, Florida, and ten years in Germany (a real 'hardship' assignment). He grew up on the beaches of Florida (ah, that explains his mountain skills). Art left home for the Air Force at 17 and was assigned to Germany five months later. (Add it up, he was drinking German beer legally prior to age 18.) He enjoys playing soccer and hockey. Art is married to Sylvia, his only souvenir, he says, from Germany. They have one son, Kyle, and two Samoyeds, Tundra and Coke. Art's also going to school for a degree in computer science, in his 'spare' time. Back to Top
Web News by Tom Russo
No news is good news.
The team website can be accessed at http://www.cibolasar.org/
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Statewide SAR Notes Mike Dugger and Nancy O'Neill

PACE News

ICS-200 classes will be offered on: In addition, a section chief class will be held on September 18th-19th in Alamagordo. To register for PACE classes or field evaluations, contact Bob Lathrop at rlathrop@dfn.com, or call the NEW PACE hotline at (505) 625-1307 for up-to-date schedule information.

NMECS Notes

The new NMESC board had its first meeting on August 1, 1999 here in Albuquerque. Mickey Jojola is the Chair, Gail Zimmerman is the vice-Chair, I am still the Chair for ESCAPE, Jim Koehler is Treasurer, David Ruetz is the Chair for Training. The list of board members and how to contact them will be in the next NMESC newsletter.

Topics discussed for the upcoming year are as follows:
Training: We plan on holding a winter skills training this winter, but a bit differently. We are planning on having the classroom sections scheduled in different places around the state on different dates, then, tentatively, hold one bivy section. We hope to have the February bivy in Chama, where there is almost always snow.

Philmont SAR wants to put on a mock search this fall up at the Boy Scout Ranch. NMESC will sponsor this.

We would like to get the "Hometown Trainings" going again. These are when NMESC helps bring trainings needed by the teams. We like to recruit instructors who specialize in the area needed and connect them to the teams.

ESCAPE: We are looking really hard at Philmont for next year. That will make a nice rotation of sites for ESCAPE and hopefully make it accessible and exciting enough to keep members interested in attending. Also, we are looking at recruiting instructors from out of state to do the advanced classes next year. Please let me know what you want for this coming year before the middle of September. This new board is out to revitalize ESCAPE and we are here to serve the teams.

The board is also looking into different frequencies to get FCC approval to reprogram all those 800 MHz radios that we had collected.

The next NMESC meeting is scheduled for October 15, 1999. The location is yet to be announced, but the times are always the same. The board meeting is at 0900 hrs. Anyone is allowed to attend to listen. The general meeting is at 1300 hours. At the general meeting anyone has a voice on what we discussed earlier that morning at the board meeting. Back to Top
Disclaimer and Copyright notice the Editors
The contents of this newsletter are copyright © 1999 by their respective authors or by Cibola Search and Rescue, Inc., and individual articles represent the opinions of the author. Cibola SAR makes no representation, express or implied, with regard to the accuracy of the information contained in these articles, and cannot accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may be made. Articles contained in this newsletter may be reproduced, with attribution given to Cibola SAR and the author, by any member of the Search and Rescue community for use in other team's publications. TML>