|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual|
|Pinching Pennies||Who's Who and New||Gearing Up|
|Member Spotlight||Public Relations||Web News|
|Top of the Hill||by Larry Mervine|
I encourge you all to attend ESCAPE. It a good time get a lot of different training in one weekend.
See you out there.
|Boots and Blisters||by Tom Russo|
Further thanks to James Newberry for setting up the opportunity for Owen Couch, Emerson Toledo and Kitty Mason of the Southwest Association of Trackers to come talk to us about the art of tracking on March 11th. The workshop was fun and interesting, and some members of the team have been inspired to get involved in training to do this sort of thing. I know that at a minimum I learned just how difficult the tracker's art is, and how very time consuming it can be to find every single track on a subject's trail.
Thanks are also in order for Joyce Rumschlag and James Newberry, who have volunteered to lead this month's search techniques training. The training will take place on Saturday, 15 April, at 9 a.m. at Pine Flats picnic ground (the picnic ground is on the east side of South Hwy 14). I hope that those of you who are not taking Wilderness First Responder will participate in the training that Joyce and James have worked out. Searching is the core of our business, and it is not as easy as some would make it out to be. From the noises I'm hearing, this training will incorporate some of the features of our sound attraction/hasty search training in addition to the usual grid search techniques.
Still more thanks are due to our team members, who continue to to show up at trainings in record numbers. There were 14 current and prospective members at the tracking training, and about 6 members who haven't had their orientations yet. I really, really like to see participation rates like this.
I picked up a piece of software the other day. It is called "GRASS," and is
a full-featured Geographic Information System (GIS). With it, I can view and
manipulate Digital Elevation Models (DEM), which are digitized files
representing the elevation of terrain, and Digital Line Graphs (DLG), which
are digitized files of roads, streams, rivers, lakes, man made features, etc.
While I still haven't figured out how to use all of the 300+ commands that
GRASS implements, I expect it will be a pretty good tool for generating
training handouts and perhaps someday be useful on missions (for those
frequent missions where I can bring along my UNIX PC --- hahaha). It is very
interesting to be able to overlay roads and streams onto the digital elevation
model, plot them in 2-d, overlay contour lines, then view the whole thing as a
3-d map. Seeing the contour lines drawn in over the 3-d view of the terrain
is really cool, and I do hope to be able to use this thing for our next land
nav training in June.
|Hike of the Month||Tent Rocks||0800, Apr 16, 2000|
|Trailhead: Tent Rocks Trailhead|
|R.T. Distance: 11-13 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 5737/6700|
|Hiking Time tbd hours||Hazards: none|
|Topo Maps: Canada Quad|
|Hike Coordinator: Frances Robertson|
The hike is for adults who have children and want to know where to
take them, for adults who are still children, and for adults who'd
like to find their inner child. Spouses/significant others welcome, if
they can hike. Hike offers opportunities for low-risk rock scrambling.
Bring GPS to program waypoints if you are ever on a search in the Tent
Rocks area. Our serious goal will be to get a mental map of Peralta
Canyon, Colle Canyon, West Mesa, Cone Ridge, and the trails (which are
not on the map) that connect these areas. Our overall purpose will be
to explore the area and have some fun doing it.
|Business as Usual||by David Dixon|
We received a $50 donation from a recent subject.
There is a need for more people to sign up for Pager 1.
Erick Wankel and Bill Grantham have gone through Orientation and are new Prospective Members.
The before meeting run at 5:30 has now moved to the end of Menaul.
The first WFR class starts at the EMS Academy on March 25.
We have one more 40% off coupon from Brunton for those interested in ordering items.
Finances and balance for previous month are given.
Last month's GPS Training was very good. Had 27 attendees.
We will start to incorporate ICS into Trainings.
March Training is on Tracking.
James asked for a list of Pager 2 Gear Handlers. Wants to know if anyone could be a backup for Pager 2 when someone can not do it.
He would like to buy some bins for small consumables and possibly topos of Sandias for individuals or team sets.
Wonders whether team wants to continue buying and supplying MREs to members. Discussion leans towards no.
A tentative date has been set for an Open Space Outdoor Preparedness lecture and hike again this summer.
Frances Robertson is looking into orange balloons for kids at PR events.
PR Committee has added fund raising to its 2000 Goals.
Committee meetings held after all trainings including coming Saturday.
ICS will now be used for Trainings. Don Gibson is working on a curriculum.
Jeff asks if anyone is interested in ordering orange Section Chief vests
Some discussion centering on Cibola having more Section Chiefs. Mike D. says that we are a ground pounding team and want to stay that way.
Escape will be the first weekend in May at Philmont. Reimbursement discussion at next meeting.
There will be ongoing Pace testing all weekend long at ESCAPE.
Paul might lead a hike of the month up the CCC trail.
Pager 1 Stuff. There is a need to review Pager 1 callout procedures with additions. (See full minutes for more info).
Because of some receiving problems there will be a 4 day pager check starting next week. Check sheets are due at next meeting.
Open Space has cleanup every Saturday in April. Call Open Space for info.
|Pinching Pennies||by Mike Dugger|
The message this year is sobering. The growth, training, and increase in professionalism exhibited by this team in the past five years has been phenomenal, but this success has not come for free. I'll present the actual data at the meeting, but suffice it to say that our operating expenses have outpaced our income for a few years running. Last year, by about a factor of two. We clearly cannot continue to operate this way forever. We have already voted on an operating budget for calendar year 2000 and there is no reason to abandon it at this point. However, I propose a slight shift in our operations toward greater financial conservatism until our income can be brought more into line with our operating expenses.
|Who's Who and New||by Susan Corban|
Membership Requirements Review
I want to remind all members, prospective and active, to be sure to attend at least two trainings in the six-month period from January through June, 2000. There are three opportunities remaining.
Active members who plan to go into the field on missions need to complete the three evaluations during 2000, of course. If you want to remain on the team, and work incident base, but not go into the field, you must attend at least two trainings each six-month period.
Prospective members must attend Cibola events on the 3-2-1 basis (three meetings, two trainings, one mission) each six-month period. Prospective members must also pass the State PACE exam and the three evaluations within one year from orientation to become active members.
If anyone has any question about their status, please check the web site database or talk to me.
I hope that members really like doing search and rescue and want to learn and maintain skills and work with their fellow team members and therefore come to more than the minimum required two training events. This is your team.
|Gearing Up||by James Newberry|
|Public Relations||by David Dixon|
When doing a presentation it is important to take into account the level of your audience and to know your topic. It is also important to understand team limitations. As teachers or presenters we have a responsibility to put across factual, up-to-date information but also to understand that some things are not appropriate for the general public and kids. In addition there is a liability issue in working outdoors or with certain kinds of equipment. This is an important subject and was discussed at recent meetings of the PR and Officer Committees.
One of the initial steps in becoming a member of Cibola is signing a waiver of liability covering missions, trainings and other field work. The public has not signed one of our waivers. This limits what we can say and do with them. Some things, like basic map and compass skills conducted in a classroom or parking lot, are within our scope. Others are not. As a team and individuals, we have worked hard to become skilled in litter packing and hauling. Describing some litter experiences and showing our equipment is ok. Teaching and conducting hands-on litter skills is not. We cannot take on that public responsibility. This, in fact, applies to most outdoor activities we do with the public away from the classroom setting or involving use of equipment. Because of this, another role of the PR Committee should be to determine and approve appropriate Cibola-sponsored public presentations. All presentations should be approved in writing by the PR Chair. This specific procedure needs to be brought to the team and voted on for approval.
There are other times when this liability issue applies. We sometimes welcome other SAR teams to participate in one of our trainings or mock searches. If that training involves outside field work or use of our equipment I feel that those non-members should sign a liability waiver. This also needs need team approval.
I have been working for over two years on team PR and want to continue to have strong Cibola-sponsored public presentations. These issues have come up before and need addressing.
Well I thought that I'd help Susan out and write a short "bio" before she had to threaten me with great bodily harm or worse!
I was born and raised at Wrigley Field ( well a 40 minute "el" ride north of there anyway). My love of the outdoors began on trips back east to Connecticut to my great-aunt's house. There we could fish, catch frogs, snakes, salamanders and wander the woods to our heart's content . I joined the Boy Scouts , which got me out camping about once a month, and later in high school joined the Hosteling Club. The mountains out west were calling so I went to College at Colorado State in Fort Collins. Just to prolong the agony, put off graduating or just to send my father into fits, I took some time off from school and worked for the Forest Service for a while in Vail. There I was intoduced to search and rescue through the Vail Mountain Rescue. I wasn't going to be there long enough to join, but it planted a seed of curiosity.
My dad had gone to U.N.M. in the early '50s and had taken me to New Mexico on vacation and I really liked the wide open beauty right next to the mountains. So after graduation I headed down to Albuquerque. I joined a soccer team when I first got here, and that kept me busy, as well as the occasional hike or backpacking trip. A few years later I found a kindred spirit who loved the outdoors as much as I did (and who could kick my butt at racquetball), so I married her. Gina and I have an 11 year old son and a 5 year old daughter to help fill up our free time.
A few years back I had seen a booth for Cibola at an East Mountain Rendevous and remembered back to V.M.R. and thought that would be the thing to do. So when the Albuquerque Soccer League actually became the Santa Ana Soccer League, I thought that search and rescue would be a good way to keep in shape, get out and about in the outdoors, and provide a service to the community.
Sorry, my dog Kelly isn't as talented as Jake but she says WOOF to all of you Cibola folk. See you out there!
"Paratus et Vigilans"
|Web News||by Tom Russo|
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