Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 7, Issue 4
11 April 2002
Editors: Mike Dugger and Tom Russo

Cibola Search and Rescue
"That Others May Live..."
Top of the Hill Boots and Blisters Business as Usual
Who's Who and New Bronze Boot Feature Article
Web News Disclaimer/Copyright
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Top of the Hill by David Dixon , President
Rick Rescorla was born in 1940 in Cornish, England. From childhood, he knew he wanted to be a soldier, so as a young man he joined the British military. Later, adamantly opposed to Communism, he moved to the United States and became an army officer in the Vietnam war. Rick also sang since childhood. He sang because all Cornish men sang. But he also sang to his troops, to lift them, to make them feel proud and overcome fear. Rick Rescorla became a hero in Vietnam when, during a devastating battle, he lead and fought and sang. He is part of the battle story immortalized in a book and movie, "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young". His photo graces the original book's cover.

After the war Rick came back to the States, married, went to college, then to law school. He lead a very good life of loving his wife, children and grandchildren. He was very good man. Sometimes bad things happen to good men though and when Rick was 50 prostate cancer struck. He was given less than a year. But he and his family were stronger than cancer and in two years with their help he was cancer free. Rick Rescola had fought another battle and won. This time he was a hero to his family.

Rick Rescorla was also a hard worker, and in 1998 after a distinguished law career he became Vice-President of Security for a firm in the World Trade Center, Building 2. It was a large company, 2700 people on 4 upper floors. In his new position he immediately saw the need for better evacuation procedures. He developed drills, and implemented those drills, incessantly. Most people probably didn't like them nor understood. Rick also warned of plane crashes and took that devastating possibility into account in his evacuation plans. On September 11th, right after the first plane hit, his drills became reality. His people started their well-practiced evacuation and, even though orders were given to all those in Building Two to stay put, he ignored those orders and continued. That head start and his planning made a difference. Every one of the employees of his company got down and out alive. Everyone but Rick. He died going back up to save others. Rick Rescorla was a hero again. And this time to 2700 people. People who now understood.

Today in Cornish men still sing. But they now sing of Rick Rescorla, a national hero. On a Sandia mission a few years ago I had my first "find". I should say my team did. A couple teen-agers who tried to do too much without enough and had to spend the night. It was a tough 12 hours on the west face in winter and I was proud of myself, although pretty beat up. But I wasn't in a war, or a holocaust, or fighting for my life. In the morning, when we reached the bottom a family member thanked me and said, "you're a hero". It was a good feeling, one of those that has helped keep me going with Cibola, now into grandpahood. It made me feel proud to be a search and rescue volunteer. But a hero, god know, Rick Rescorla is a hero.

This is one of the many stories from September 11th. Our hearts go out to all the Rick Rescorla's who died saving others.

It's time for the annual ESCAPE Search and Rescue Conference in May. Last year Cibola did not have as many attendees as we normally do and I would like to see more of us there this year. We usually have one of the highest team attendance. It's always a great time to learn, interact and this year see some fantastic northern New Mexico scenery at Philmont. We'll even reimburse you for some (most) of your expenses!

Stay humble but strong - and good searching.

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Boots and Blisters by Aaron Hall, Training Officer
Its April, and that means its time to start thinking about the annual Escape Conference sponsored by the New Mexico Emergency Services Council. This year Escape will be at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, NM on May 3,4,& 5. It will be the only training opportunity for the month of May. (I just can't put on a better training than this).

The registration deadline is APRIL 15 so don't miss it! If you do it will cost you more, and you may have trouble getting the housing you want. You can get a copy of the registration form by contacting any of the Cibola officers, or by calling (505) 376-2281. Registration fees for the conference are $25 before April 15 and $30 after April 15. Housing options, from cabins to tent sites, and meals are available all at a nominal fee. Speaking of those expenses Cibola will reimburse members and prospectives up to $50 (with a $1000 team maximum) so there's no reason not to go! Just make sure you save your receipts to turn in.

This year's Escape conference will feature 30 different classes geared toward search and rescue. Here are some of the highlights: Wilderness Medicine Accepted Clinical Guidelines by Carl Gilmore (1.5 BLS CE's); Canines in Urban Search and Rescue; Amateur Radio Technician class Review; Amateur Radio Licensing Exam; Interview and Investigation Techniques; If a Body Falls in the Woods, Does it Make a Sound (Common Sense Crime Scene Operations); Searching for the Alzheimer's Patient; 4X4 and SUV for SAR Response; I'm Responsible for What? (Legal foundations for Search and Rescue); and lots more!. There will also be an opportunity to take the PACE exam, and the Amateur Radio Licensing Exam. Bottom line, Escape will be a lot of fun, and well worth the time.

We have a training and evaluation on Litter Handling Techniques in April. The Training is 9 a.m. Saturday the 13th at the Embudo trailhead (East end of Indian School) and the follow-up Evaluation two weeks later on the 27th at the same location. If you have any questions about how to use or handle a stokes litter or knots, April is the month to have them answered. Try to make both the Training and if you need it the Eval. Also remember that the Airport Disaster Drill is coming up on May 21st.

Finally, I want to say thanks to everyone who has helped me arrange trainings and evals lately, its a big job and the help really makes a difference. Also, we have two big training events coming up in the next few months and I'm going to need a lot of help to pull them off. The first is our annual Mock Search, I'd like to make this year's one to remember, so please see me or Steve Buckley if you are interested in helping to plan it. The second is our annual summer bivy, see me if you would like to help plan this.

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Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes by Joyce Rumschlag, Secretary
Minutes of 14 of March, 2002 Business Meeting

Premeeting mini-lesson was presented by Aaron Hall. He demonstrated and members practiced the knots that we are required to know.

President's Report

David Dixon opened the meeting at 1915 with the introduction of officers and all others introduced themselves as we went around the room. He touched on old business dealing with litter protocol matters with AMRC. Pictures were taken with bronze boot awardees David Chapek, and Frances Robertson.. New members Lili Ziesmann and Stephen Hochmann were "patched".


Aaron reviewed the dates of trainings and evaluations coming up this month.


Aaron reported for treasurer Art Fischer that we received $500. in contributions and had expenses of $200.


Stephen Buckley had done 3 orientations this month. He corrected the date for the next business meeting to be on April 11 not Sunday April 14. He also reminded people about the upcoming PACE exam. We need mentors, please volunteer for this rewarding position.

New Business

Joyce Rumschlag brought up the point that often training officers are so concerned with getting members trained and evaluated that they often fail to be evaluated themselves therefore resulting in NFC being placed next to their name the month after there term is over. Discussion came from David Dixon suggesting that if the training officer (or anyone) does two evals a year, he/she would also be given credit for being evaluated. Aaron Hall suggested that it should be three evals. Since a fair number of seasoned members were not present further discussion of this issue was differed until the next meeting. It was also brought up how much if anything we should pay for WFRs to get their CEs. It was suggested that CSAR would pay half of the expenses. Financial reinbursements for members going to ESCAPE was voted on by the membership. By a vote of 8 to 0 it was decided that CSAR would pay up to $50 to each member attending ESCAPE up to a maximum of $1000. Receipts are necessary to receive any reinbusement.


We need a new sign up sheet for cache as well as Cibola stickers and patches. It was decided that we would order these items from business we have ordered from before to avoid set up fees.

P.R. Committee

David Dixon reminded members that any one can attend these meetings. They are held every other month on the last Wednesday.

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Who's Who and New by Steven Buckley, Membership Officer
Our newest member is David Chapek. He completed all requirements when he took the PACE. Congratulations! We received several new E-mail contacts this month. One was an old friend from my days as an assistant scoutmaster. He was one of our most motivated scouts and made Eagle early. I watched him grow from a kid to a very capable outdoorsman. I am glad to see that he is interested in joining Cibola--he will be a great asset to our team. In my opinion, Cibola is the most disciplined and most subject-focused team in the Albuquerque area. Our mission focus and dedication to the subjects that we assist in the field are the qualities that attracted me to Cibola (that and a pretty strong recommendation from a former member). I wasn't disappointed by the reality. Cibola is composed of all kinds of people from a many different backgrounds. Despite our differences, in the field we are the same--a disciplined team working together for the good of our subjects. I believe that common ground that enables us to become a "well oiled machine" in the field, is the training and evaluation process that we participate in and the basic standards we use to run our team. Things such as carrying adequate clothing and equipment to ensure we don't become liabilities on a mission, practicing becoming "15 bodies with one brain" on litter teams, the dedication that some members have put into becoming WFRs and maintaining their proficiency (what a great addition the medical teams is to Cibola!), and the dedicated Hams that help us create and execute a professional communication capability so crucial to a well-executed mission. All of these qualities are vital components of the overall Cibola equation. Thanks. I would like to commend Lili for her initiative in setting up a study session for the folks taking the PACE. She did a great job! Thanks. On the other hand, I still need mentors. Please E-mail me if you are willing to serve. I have also completed the first iteration of the Member's Guide. If you are on the review team, please get comments to me this month. Also, I got a suggested gear list from David Dixon with some great suggestions. If you have some definite opinions about our gear list, E-mail them to me so we can consider them.

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Bronze Boot by David Dixon
One of our newest members Lili Ziesmann heard the request for a PACE study session, knew the benefit of one and jumped in to set up and run it. She found a time and location suitable for all, she and Steve B. reviewed material with the attendees and in addition she brought her pack and did an extensive break-down. To her credit all 5 prospectives passed the exam.

For her initiative and hard work to help others in need Lili is awarded the Bronze Boot this month. A big congratulations and thanks to Lili.

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Web News by Czerzno Nyews

The team website can be accessed at http://www.cibolasar.org/

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Feature Article: CISM, Part 2 --- Turn Signals Optional by Joyce Rumschlag
We all drive in Albuquerque. We've all seen the driver who tail gates, changes lanes repeatedly, cutting off other drivers only to be behind us at the next traffic light. We won't get into why these people drive the way they do, but we will explore how they make the rest of us feel., The ones that pull in front of us, cutting us off (no turn signal used) then slamming on their brakes. Those are the ones we're talking about. When this happens to us suddenly and unexpectedly, we become upset and there goes those 11 chemicals we spoke about last month. There is nothing we can do. On rare occasions someone will pull out a gun and seek revenge. This is not acceptable behavior. However, revenge is an "appropriate" emotion.

Whoa! Let's back up here a minute. "Appropriate?" Again, it's the fight of flight thing from out primitive brain that ensures our survival. The brain did interpret this as a threat to our existence. We're reluctantly aware that there is nothing that we can do. That helpless feeling is our realization that we have lost control of a situation that we are involved in. By recreating the situation and swerving in front of the offending driver and slamming on our brakes, we are perceiving ourselves as putting ourselves back in control. We have also repeated a truly stupid act and may very well have put ourselves and other innocent people in danger. Therefore, this also is not considered acceptable behavior.

Do you know what most people do? They proceed to their destination and the first person who asks how they are, gets the "stupidest driver" story. This is acceptable behavior and besides, who doesn't have one of these stories themselves? Talk out your stress. It helps until you can get the opportunity to work them out. Talking may also be an end in itself. It is truly a fortunate person who has a trusted friend or significant other who will listen to them without judgement or criticism. We all have emotions that cause us distress. They are natural responses to living. Talk about them, talk about them, and talk about them. That's the best and safest way to live with them.

Next month: Be prepared.

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The contents of this newsletter are copyright © 2001 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.