Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 8, Issue 3
13 March 2003
Editors: Mike Dugger and Tom Russo

Cibola Search and Rescue
"That Others May Live..."
Top of the Hill Boots and Blisters Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes
Medical News Public Relations Web News
Disclaimer/Copyright
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Top of the Hill by Aaron Hall, President
Wow, it's March already and lots of things are going on. The P.R. comittiee is looking into orange shirts (T-shirts and button up's). Training is off to a good start with search techniques, winter skills, and litter handling already completed. With all this going on, don't forget that its time to start thinking about ESCAPE, because it will be here soon. ESCAPE is the annual New Mexico Search and Rescue conference sponsored by NMESC. It will be held this year at Philmont Scout Ranch on the first weekend in May. At that time we will have an opportunity to vote on changes to NMESC's bylaws. If you want to review the changes they can be found online at: http://www.nmesc.org.

As most of you know, I want to build a better relationship between Cibola and AMRC. Our two teams are the among the largest and most active teams in the state, and I think that its unfortunate that we don't work together more, especially out of the field when we can get to know each other. So, the other day I invited Kevin Silver (AMRC president) to have a burger with me and chew the fat about Cibola and AMRC. I found out that Kevin would also like to see our teams have a better realtionship. We brainstormed for a while and came up with some ideas that could help build that relationship. Here's a short list of them.

I don't know if we will ever see these ideas implemented, but I want all of you to hear them. We work in the field with members of AMRC on almost every mission that we go on. Fundamentally they are in the field for the same reasons that we are in the field. I think that if we can build a better relationship with them, we can work more effectively with them in the field. As always, I welcome your ideas and thoughts on this.

See you out there...

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Boots and Blisters by Steven Buckley, Training Officer
March already. I want to thank everyone who has helped me execute our training program. This month Larry Mervine did a great job with this month's litter training. He added a couple of twists to the process that resulted in a very realistic training opportunity. Tom Russo did a great job making David Chapek look really hurt and David did a great job of looking hurt. I am sure that the medical element of our team appreciated the opportunity to work their trade. Thanks to all for providing that superb training opportunity. Also, I am looking forward to Tony's night navigation training this month. We operate at night, we should be able to navigate at night. Thanks for that Tony. We have lots of opportunity for each of you to participate in our training program as a trainer vice trainee. The April training is open. Anyone want to do the search training on 5 April? How about the pre-meeting training? The April optional training is totally open (I am thinking of doing a geo caching event in the Sandias). Please let me know if you wish to run a training event. Remember it is OUR training program. Thanks in advance for your help.

This month I want to focus on something that I have been wanting to fix for a while...our training/evaluation standards. I think that our core training and evaluation process is generally sound. We focus on our core competencies, search and litter pretty well. The land navigation training and evaluation standard is the one I want to focus on. While the litter and search programs focus directly on mission functions, you must take a hard look at the land navigation program to see how it applies directly to mission events. In the litter and search programs we must demonstrate a capability by doing a litter evacuation or area search exactly the same way we would if tasked with one of those missions by the IC. The land navigation standard forces us to demonstrate three things. The first is that we can work a compass and accurately follow a bearing. The second is that we can work a pace count to estimate broken-ground distance. The third is that we can work a compass and map to find a location via resection. For the record, I think all of these skills are valuable but they don't really relate well to land navigation skills required on a typical mission. Typically, we report our position when required using a GPS and a radio. We don't follow up and translate those coordinates to a map and then take a look at the map and make mission specific decisions (go high, go low, go left, etc.) from that knowledge. We also will probably never use resection to provide team location to the IC either.

One basic requirement for any training program is to "train like you will operate". With this thought in mind, I would like to take another look at our land navigation training standard. Keep the "orienteering" course part of the standard. Working a compass well is a good skill that works even when the GPS batteries die out. Broken-country navigation with a pack is also good exercise and practice for missions. What I would like to do is recognize that the other land navigation skills that are useful on a mission is position determination (What are my coordinates?), correlation of those coordinates to a map (What is around me?), and terrain recognition (...lost my compass, got my map...where am I?) I would like to see our land navigation training/evaluation standard reflect these basic skills. Here is the way a land navigation evaluation would go if I had my way:

  1. Walk my course and report the distance between each leg (no change).
  2. Identify three terrain features on a map and point them out to the evaluator.
  3. Orient your map to the terrain using only terrain features.
  4. Locate your position and provide me with the coordinates. (pick one method)
    1. Use a compass, map, pencil, and protractor and resection to within +/- 300 meters.
    2. Use a GPS and get your coordinates to within +/- 100 meters.
  5. Point to your location on a map to within the appropriate standard.

Of course, we are a team here so we need to discuss all this and figure out what we want to do. Please mail me with comments. "Train like you operate...operate like you train!"

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Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes by Lili Ziesmann, for Joyce Rumschlag, Secretary

Minutes of the February 13th, 2003 Business Meeting

Pre-meeting not-so-mini-lesson started at 5:30 and consisted of Continuing Education video tapes for WFRs or anyone else interested in learning more about medical support.

President's Report

Aaron Hall started the meeting at 1915. We started with brief instructions for participation in mission 033001 to search for shuttle debris. Members were asked to keep the mission confidential and to avoid discussions with the media. The Winter Bivy originally planned for Saturday, was rescheduled to Feb 22nd to allow for maximum participation in the mission.

Aaron announced that NMESC is planning more activities this year, such as the Medical Assistance by Radio training. They are also developing statewide search procedure standards, such as the winter skills committee Steve Buckley is participating on. Check the list serve or their web site to get dates: http://www.nmesc.org/

Vice-President/Training

Steve Buckley asked if anyone is interested in offering classes for Escape at Philmont Ranch in May. David Dixon, Tom Russo, David Chapek and Alex Fisher volunteered to help plan a mock search for Escape. The group discussed the possibility of offering new members the opportunity of becoming WFR certified since its been a couple of years since the last group was trained and some of those folks are no longer on the team. Also discussion included adding a medical component to ground pounding, such as how to pack a litter containing an injured subject.

Treasurer

Lili Ziesmann reported the total income and expenditures for the month.

A budget was presented that included some new equipment for this year: a new litter and wheel, 2 pairs of snowshoes and poles, and an increase in the PR spending budget. It was approved by a majority vote of 15 to 0.

Membership

David Chapek reported that we followed up on several new leads for prospects. Volunteers were requested to help format the member guide so it can be distributed on CD ROM for a much lower cost than making paper copies. Alex Fisher agreed to help.

Also, a reminder that the PACE exam would be given on February 22nd.

Equipment

Tony Gaier reported that he no longer keeps all supplies in his truck, so if you need something besides batteries call him before the meeting so he can bring whatever you need. 4 AA Lithium batteries will be distributed per year to active members. If not all members claim them or if we find they are very popular and used regularly, more may be made available after six months.

Art Jarvis has a radio he wishes to sell. It was examined by members at the meeting. Tony is holding it so contact him if you are interested in purchasing it.

Tony also said that this year webbing for the litter would be replaced for the primary litter. Also there are two fully capable team radios available for check out.

Medical

Mike Dugger reported that we are recruiting for more medically trained staff, both from outside our team, and encouraging current members to become WFR certified. UNM offers a 10 day block of courses, and there are others organizations that offer them, but Mike cautioned to talk to him before paying for any First Responder course to be sure it is recognized by the State EMS board. He is planning a WFR refresher course in the fall, but we need to guarantee at least 10 attendees for the course to be offered. The EMS Region 3 conference is coming up April 21-27 in Ruidoso, NM, annual statewide EMS conference is July 28th-August 2nd in Albuquerque.

P.R. Committee

David Dixon reported that their goal, aligned with the Membership officer, is to support a 50% increase in members. He brought various posters and brochures asking the group to look at them and submit ideas for updating them and also great ways and locations to distribute them. He asked for any volunteers to help with community service presentations talking to kids in public schools. The committee this month also discussed getting grants, getting discounts from vendors or donated equipment, and fund raising ideas. PR meetings are held the last Wednesday of every month at the Frontier Restaurant at 6:30, all are welcome to attend.

The group also discussed the issue of recognizable "teamwear". Michael Hines offered to get samples of t-shirts, vests or other options. A motion was passed to reimburse him up to $50 if it was necessary to pay for samples. The vote was 16 in favor, 0 opposed.

Also, Alex Fisher is working to get a pro-sales account for discounts from Patagonia.

New Business

No new business was reported.

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Public Relations by David Dixon
Last month I outlined P.R. goals for the year. The committee would like to focus first on recruitment. The ways we will succeed in our membership goal is to reach out to those that are most interested in us. We'll be placing our membership pamphlets and posters at appropriate businesses, government, private, and other local outdoor locations, attending and setting up our booth at functions, and arranging speaking engagements specifically for recruitment. If you know of something that would fit these criteria let me know. If you are interested in helping in this endeavor come to the next meeting.

Last month's committee meeting was lively and productive. I think we are finally getting close to some orange clothing choices, we started fulfilling some of our recruiting goals and there was lots of the usual general bull. The next meeting will be on April 26, 6:30 p.m., Frontier Restaurant. (We're skipping March). Show up and become an instant committee member!

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Medical News by Mike Dugger, Continuing Education Coordinator
As I mentioned in my last article, the EMS Region III conference is coming up April 21-27 in Ruidoso. I have browsed the conference program and identified BLS CE courses our medical providers can use to meet continuing education requirements. The conference consists of workshops Monday through Thursday, and then shorter CE courses during the "core conference" on Friday through Sunday. Registration for the core conference is $110 before April 15. Single day registration is $75. On Friday there are 6 hours of BLS medical CEs on topics such as lightning injuries, siezures, burns and suicide attempts. On Saturday one can also obtain 6 hours BLS medical CEs on topics such as trauma and OB/GYN. Sunday has just 3 hours BLS CEs on poisons and obesity. Remember that WFRs require 8 hours BLS medical CEs during each certification period to remain certified. If you were to attend this conference for just one day, Friday April 25 would be the best in my opinion, in terms of BLS CE hours and content relevant to our missions.

During the past month I have also established a new Medical Direction and Protocol agreement with our Medical Director, Kevin Nufer. This is the agreement by which Kevin provides us with the medical guidance we require to help subjects during SAR missions under state law. Our new agreement is in effect until the end of calendar year 2004.

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Web News by Bye
I am still seeking a replacement newsletter editor. I find I am no longer able to give my editing duties the time they require, and will be stepping aside as newsletter editor soon. I'll give at least a few months notice before I actually decide when I'll stop doing this, but my decision is getting close. If someone would like to start getting used to being "it" then I'd accept help now and step aside as soon as that person became comfortable with the job. You know how to reach me if you're interested.
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Disclaimer and Copyright notice the Editors
The contents of this newsletter are copyright © 2003 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.