Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 5, Issue 10
12 October 2000
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 Gearing Up Mini Lesson
Member Spotlight Public Relations Feature Article
Web News Special Notes Disclaimer/Copyright
Recent Missions
Callout Information
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Top of the Hill by Larry Mervine
This week the temperature has dropped. Time to check your pack and make sure you have warm clothing. October is my normal time of the year that I replace light weight inner layer clothing with expedition weight. My down coat is close at hand now and until March.

Tom is looking for anyone interested in helping with our Web page. See Tom. Also, officer nominations close at the November meeting. Nominate someone, better yet, volunteer to be an officer or committee chair. Committees are: PR, gear, and budget. Since my term as officer is coming closer to an end, I would like again to remind members about fitness. It does not matter what you do as long as you do something that increases or maintains your fitness. We never know what terrain the next mission will in or how long, so keep exercising.

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Boots and Blisters by Tom Russo
We had a good turnout for September's litter handling training. We spent a chunk of time reviewing knots, safety harnesses, and litter packaging, then took a "nice" long haul up a steep, rocky trail that was pretty challenging test of our packaging and hauling technique. Thanks to all who attended and to Susan Corban and Nancy O'Neill for their assistance in leading this training.

October's training will be on Sunday, 15 October. Joyce Rumschlag and James Newberry will be giving us a second opportunity to practice search techniques with them. The training will take place at the Embudito trailhead at the east end of Menaul. Please meet us there at 9:00 a.m. and bring your full SAR pack. I would like us to do a pack breakdown --- the kind where all of us show what we have in our packs, not the kind where one or two of us demonstrates --- as part of this training, just to make sure we've all got our winter gear prepped and ready. A further advantage of these pack breakdowns is to share with other members your ideas of what constitutes "essential" and/or "cool" items to take along on missions.

October's evaluation will be on Saturday, 21 October. James Newberry will run the evaluation on litter handling. As always, please leave a message on the voicemail to indicate whether you are coming out to evaluate on that day. Location will be Embudo trailhead at the east end of Indian School and time will be 9:00 a.m.

November's eval will be on land navigation on Sunday, 5 November. November's training will be on low-angle litter handling. While we will do some practice of patient packaging, we will not concentrate on packaging as much as at normal trainings. The emphasis will be on low angle technique, and will rig low-angle haul systems and practice our rope technique for most of the time.

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Business as Usual by David Dixon
I will not be running again for Secretary for next year. I will have served in the position almost two years and feel that it is time for someone else to assume the position. Being secretary and especially an officer is a challenging, rewarding experience that both you and the team will benefit from. Any member is eligible to run, I'll even nominate you. Take the challenge and I will help you in your new duties. (I was even serious when I offered my laptop to take minutes. It is a Mac though).

Missions are exciting but we wouldn't be a team without organization and leadership. Be a part of that - be the Secretary!

September Condensed Minutes (Full minutes are on our website)


Larry and the members welcomed new people Debra Abbeg, Bonnie Banagan, Victoria Benea, Paul Cochrell, Jayson Gonzales, Adrian Haskamp, Adam Hernandez, Liz Herrick, Nick Johnson, Gretchen Neuhouse, Justin Stolp, Staci Stolp, Mindy Stutzman, Luciano Trujillo and Michael Voss.


Welcome to John Tomlinson and Charlie Irland as new prospective members.


David will not run for secretary again next year and welcomes anyone who is interested to work with him before the end of the year learning the ins and outs. He even offers the use of his laptop for minutes taking.


Finance report and balance are given.

Proposal is discussed, made and seconded to move our account to the State Employees Credit Union where interest rates and services are better. As volunteers we are also eligible to get personal accounts. Vote passes unanimously.


Latest Training was on Litter last Saturday.

Search Evaluation is this coming Sunday, Embudo trailhead at 9 am. Call hotline if going.

James is nominated for Training by Tom R. Brian LeMatta is nominated for Treasurer by Mike D.


Tony Gaier got 2 good litters donated to us. Way to go Tony.

James and others are interested in getting new shirts using the old logo. See him if interested.

We now have a labeled litter bag for each of the 2 litters.

James apologizes that he's over his Equipment budget but asks for $300 more to buy AA batteries and batteries for the Uniden radios. Mike explains how he has enough left and doesn't need to ask for more.

Reminder given that perspective members get 25' of webbing and new members a carabiner.


August PR events included the Fireside Chat on Outdoor Preparedness, Open Space Hike which included some compass and GPS lessons and UNM Day. Thanks to Larry, Frances, Mike, Amber, Susan, and David for helping.

David is giving up the PR Chair position for next year. Anyone interested see or a member of the PR Committee.


There is a PACE Evaluation this Saturday. The next one is in May at Escape. Anyone needing it is urged to take it.


WFR supplies voted on at last meeting are ready to be picked up. Use of epinephrine is again discussed. (It is not in our list of supplies).

The next WFR class is at EMS Academy in October. Officers discussed reimbursement relative to class in spring. Discussion is whether the team should do this again. Proposal is made and seconded to pay up to $150 of cost of class for those active by time of the last class, with total team maximum of $1000. Motion to proposal is made and seconded. Vote is unanimous for.

Hike of the Month is on Saturday. Let Susan know if you are coming.

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Who's Who and New by Susan Corban
Andy Nielsen has had an orientation. Please give Andy all your best advice on missions. Welcome, Andy. Back to Top
Gearing Up by James Newberry
List of equipment available for Active and prospective members to use on SAR activities. ( For SAR use only)

From the equipment committee:

We can get a discount on our favorite sar shirt (the orange poly/cotton uniform number, we all love so dearly) if we buy a large quantity. (10 or more.)

The more we buy the bigger the discount.

Get in touch with James Newberry or Chris Murray if you would like to purchase a new shirt.

Paratus Et Vigilans Back to Top
Mini Lesson by Joyce Rumschlag
I've often wondered what things I should be carrying in a 4-wheel drive gear bag. Over the past year and a half, I've come up with a list of items, including what I already have, plus things on my wish list. This list was composed by necessity and from recommendations from the folks teaching the 4-wheel driving class of July of 1999, and the back country repair class offered at ESCAPE 2000. Some of the items included are not only for my use, but the use of people I 4-wheel drive with.

Because the first problem we expect to encounter is getting stuck, these items are listed first.

Getting Unstuck

Have you broken something?

This list is by no means complete, as individual preferences vary. Feedback on any additional items is encouraged and welcomed. Back to Top
Public Relations by David Dixon
I would like to thank members of the PR Committee and others who helped at recent PR events. We all saw our efforts pay off as we had 16 new people at last month's business meeting. Over the last year or more we have been averaging 5 or 6 but that many at one meeting is certainly a record. Extra kudos go to Larry who did an all day Search presentation at the recent Boy Scout Jamboree at Chimayo.

I put the following on the team listserve last week but it bears repeating in the newsletter.

I would like to remind everyone during this United Way time that our only income is from UW, and the only money we receive from them is that which is specifically designated to Cibola. Many people that give to United Way do so to the general fund without regard to a specific area but any or all of that could be directed to us. So remind your co-workers of our many needs and the great deeds we perform (you perform) for them. In addition, any of us who give would certainly want do the same. If all of us reach out who knows how much we could bring in. (Note: If you would like something to hand a questioning donator who would like more information about us I always have some of our brochures on hand). Back to Top
Member Spotlights:Art Fischer
Art Fischer shares the following with us.

I was born and lived the first seven years of my life in the Chicago area. I was then transplanted to Wisconsin where I learned to appreciate milk, fine cheese, and beer drinkin'. My parents had a small cottage near a lake in Wisconsin where my brothers and sisters and I used to go fishing and camping and build forts in the woods. Those were the good old days. Now I have a job and responsibilities. Anyhow, I first learned to love the outdoors at this cottage in the middle of nowhere in Wisconsin.

After high school I left for college. I spent some time back in Chicago as well as in Stillwater, Oklahoma where I met my beautiful and talented wife, Catherine. She has put up with me for six years of marriage; clearly she is a candidate for sainthood. After I graduated from Oklahoma State University, I felt pressure from the rest of the world to get a real job. So I accepted a position at Sandia National Labs and moved out to Albuquerque. I really love the mountains of New Mexico and know that I will always want to live near mountains.

I first became interested in search and rescue after hearing stories from a friend who is on the Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade. I am fairly new to search and rescue but I have really made it an important part of my non-professional life. I am also a member of Sandia Search Dogs where I am training my Australian Shepherd (Rachel) to find people in the woods. She will eventually be a trained airscent dog similar to Jake (but much better looking and doesn't jump out of moving vehicles). I asked her to write something for this mini biography, but she hasn't learned to type yet and her paw writing is almost unreadable. Typing is part of the test for canine SAR field certification so we are working on it (that and proficiency in radio communication). You have to teach them to bark very softly.

Catherine and I both love dogs and dog training. We have another dog named Lucy which Catherine is training for obedience competition. Catherine also has another yappy, hairless dog, but let's not talk about him.

My experience thus far in Search and Rescue has been both enjoyable and educational. I plan to keep doing this stuff for a quite a while. I hope to see you all out there in the field. Back to Top
Web News by Tom Russo
Cibola's web site was first brought on line in 1996 by Mary Girven. Mary designed most of the look-and-feel that is retained in our current web site. Her original site was developed on a SunOS UNIX machine behind a Sandia National Laboratories firewall. Since the membership at large had a hard time accessing this page, Mary began to establish a second site at ABQ-ROS. Sadly, ABQ-ROS only ran Windows NT servers, and none of the programming that made Cibola's web database functions work would function without extensive reprogramming.

At that time I managed to convince the owners of Southwest Cyberport that Cibola was a worthy cause; they have been donating some $20/month worth of internet service and web storage since June of 1997. Southwest Cyberport also has SunOS/Solaris UNIX systems, so much of the programming could be used as-is. In October of 1997, Mary and Chuck left the team and I took over as primary webmaster. Actually, I took over as sole webmaster. Since then the site has been restructured considerably, and a much more secure and fully-featured set of database functions is now in place.

But after over 3 years of doing it all by myself, I think it's time to get some help. There are frequent housekeeping chores do to: backing up the databases takes a few minutes a week, the access logs need to be cleaned out every few weeks lest the disk quota be exceeded --- this takes all of 10 seconds and two or three UNIX commands. Some newsletter publishing chores cannot be done through the web interface and need an hour or two of manual effort on a monthly basis. Final publication of the printed newsletter requires an hour or so of layout massage so that things paginate properly. Programming new database features is also required from time to time; this is by far the most difficult and time consuming of the lot. Most of these tasks are not by themselves very difficult, but the UNIX system can be a little intimidating for the uninitiated, and the combination of these things does add up to some time. I think I spend a couple of hours a week all told, more when a significant new feature for the database is in the making.

I seek one or two people with a bit of time on their hands to volunteer to help with some of these things. For starters I could use some help with the mundane chores of database backup and access log cleaning. Little by little we could share some of the other load such as updating the static pages (e.g. the member guide, pager procedure, FAQ list, etc.) --- this would require that you learn a little about marking up documents with HTML. As you get more comfortable with that, we can let you help edit the newsletter --- this would require even more HTML experience and a few hours a month. And if you are ambitious, I could help you learn PERL and MySQL and you could help extend the features of our already very valuable database.

If you have the time and interest, please contact me. If you have any UNIX and web experience, like, groovy, wow, pretty please contact me. If you have UNIX, web and database experience, I beg you to contact me.
The team website can be accessed at http://www.cibolasar.org/
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SAR Resources in Emergency Management by Jeff Phillips
[ The following article will appear in the New Mexico Emergency Management Emergency Messenger Newsletter, Fall 2000.]

The Search and Rescue (SAR) community in the State of New Mexico is a network of highly skilled people who could perform valuable roles in emergency and disaster response at the local level. By tasking SAR resources, local first responders can be freed up to perform the tasks for which they are specially trained. Local Emergency Managers would benefit a great deal by knowing who and what these resources are, what they are capable of and how to access them. The following is information about the State<92>s SAR resources; Emergency Managers are encouraged to determine what resources are available to them locally and to develop working relationships with them.

SAR Resources and Capabilities

In the State of New Mexico, "Search and Rescue" or "SAR" means the employment, coordination and utilization of available resources and personnel in locating, relieving the distress and preserving the lives of and removing survivors from the site of a disaster, emergency or hazard to a place of safety. Within this definition is a multitude of potential tasks.

SAR Resource Specialties include air, avalanche, cave, ELT, ground, horse, mine, K-9, snow, technical, vehicle and water search, rescue, recovery and evacuation. There are communications support (i.e., mobile command posts, air to ground, communications vans, portable repeaters, resource dispatch and logistics), medical and food service resources available. SAR personnel arrive with their expertise and equipment (generators, lights, radios, tents and trailers, etc.) and are capable of sustaining themselves for at least 24 hours in severe conditions.

The State SAR Resource Officer, Rick Goodman, maintains a directory of resources (persons, agencies and organizations) available in the state. He can be contacted at 505-827-9228 or rgoodman@dps.state.nm.us

How To Access SAR Resources

In the event of an emergency or disaster, local Emergency Managers should determine specific tasks that they wish to have carried out by SAR personnel. The State Police Mission Initiator should be contacted, through dispatch, and informed of the situation and desired task(s). If activated, the SAR apparatus will determine how to fulfill the task(s).

There are a minimum of two SAR-trained State Police Officers in each State Police District designated as SAR Mission Initiators. These Mission Initiators are responsible for investigating potential SAR situations and if a SAR mission is deemed advisable, the State SAR Plan is put into effect by assigning an Incident Number to a Field Coordinator. The Field Coordinator is responsible for managing the incident, on scene, during the operational phase and is supported by an Area Commander (also a Field Coordinator). The Area Commander is responsible for overseeing the management of single or multiple incidents and reporting developments to the Chief of the NM State Police.

When a Field Coordinator accepts the assignment of a SAR incident they become the Incident Commander for that SAR incident and are responsible for initiating, alerting, assigning and directing all SAR resources participating on the incident. All SAR incidents in the State of New Mexico must be managed by the NIIMS Incident Command System (ICS) per the Governor's order and the SAR Act of 1978. The Incident Commander establishes an Incident Base which will be the principal base of field operations for that SAR incident. The Field Coordinator acting as Incident Commander will be a member of the Unified Command during a large-scale emergency or disaster. The New Mexico State Police is the final authority and will resolve any disputes during the operational phase of the incident.

Other Things To Keep In Mind

All SAR personnel are participating on a strictly volunteer basis and the State of New Mexico is not responsible for injuries to said participants except to the extent for which insurance is provided by the State. These persons are subject to certain limited coverage pursuant to the New Mexico Tort Claims Act. While participating at the direction of the Incident Commander in a properly initiated SAR incident, these personnel are considered temporary public employees without compensation, as defined in the Tort Claims Act. The scope of duties as defined in the Tort Claims Act are those set forth in the SAR Act, SAR Plan, or Standard Operating Procedures and Directives issued by the Chief of the NM State Police.

For information on SAR Resources in your area Rick Goodman (above) or Jeff Phillips at 505-476-9677 or jphillips@dps.state.nm.us Back to Top
Special Notes

PACE Exam in November!

It appears that there will be a PACE exam in November. It is scheduled for Nov 4 in Socorro, but no site has been arranged yet. If you want to take this exam, please email rlathrop@dfn.com to register as soon as possible. You should receive further information if you are registered. The next exam is most likely in May at ESCAPE (in Ruidoso). -- submitted by Susan Corban

Please remember to keep your Cibola records up to date. If you change phone or pager numbers, cancel pager service, move, get a new cell phone, or any such change, please notify Susan so we have as accurate a phone tree and member records as is possible. -- submitted by Susan Corban Back to Top
Disclaimer and Copyright notice the Editors
The contents of this newsletter are copyright © 2000 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.