|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Who's Who and New|
|Top of the Hill||by Tony Gaier , President|
This month's evaluation is on April 30th, at 9:00AM. It will be a search techniques evaluation at Bear Canyon Trailhead. The May evaluation will be on the 27th at 9:00AM. It will be a land navigation evaluation, the location is still to be determined. If you plan to attend an evaluation please leave a voice message on the hotline as soon as possible.
I know everyone is aware that we have not had a lot of missions lately. In the absence of missions please take the opportunity to work on your training and evaluation requirements. Take sometime to look through your SAR gear. I recently went through mine and found that my radio batteries were dead and that some of my first aid meds had expired. If you are really bored and would like to help the team out, get out there and help recruit some new member! Don't forget next month is ESCAPE, hope to see you there.
|Boots and Blisters||by Mike Dugger, Training Officer|
Last month's litter packaging training was held at Embudo trailhead on March 12. Four members attended. While this was not enough to haul the litter, we did get in some practice with the new expedient tie-in system. Most of you will find after you have worked with this system that it is really not that different from our existing tie-in procedure using webbing. It contains all the same components, such as foot restraint, shoulder restraint, and a "shoelace" to hold the whole thing together, but goes together much faster. At the training even those who had seen the new system for the first time were able to tie in a subject within about 10 minutes. And this is no wimpy tie-in like we have seen on some missions, that is going to spill the subject if the litter gets tipped over a little bit, or let them slide out the end if heaven forbid the litter gets tipped end-on. This new system is just as secure as our previous webbing system. There are some little nuances that have to be practiced, however. For instance, some of the buckles and metal rings can get into a position where they may rub on a patient if not properly positioned during tie in. However, once practiced we should be able to complete the tie in within five minutes, and it will be as secure as the webbing system we have been using for years.
Next month we have another litter training to enable people to come up to speed quickly on the new tie-in system. I also hope we will have enough attendees to haul the litter and work with our low angle technical rigging. This training will also be held at Embudo trailhead, April 15 at 9 AM.
The four wheel drive training that I have been trying to schedule since January was still quite uncertain as of the beginning of April, so I elected to replace it with a litter training on April 15. However, in the last week or so more of the details have come together. As a result, I am going to keep the 4WD training on the calendar as an extra. This training will be held at Augie's Jeep dealership in Belen. Attendees must arrive by 8 AM to register and hear a lecture by NM 4-Wheelers on equipment and techniques. After the lecture, a 4WD course with many obstacles has been set up next to the dealership, and we can try our hands at that. We must wait for the new Jeep owners to run the course first, so we will get our turn on the course as of about 1 PM. This is something a little different from our usual 4WD training, and should be interesting. Directions and other details can be found in our training database on the website.
Remember that the NM SAR ESCAPE conference will be held May 19-21 at the Glorietta Conference center near Santa Fe, and that will be our training for the month. There is a good lineup of classes in topics including navigation, medical, tracking, and radio communications. I hope that many of you will attend. It is also a great way to learn more about SAR at the state level, and meet some fellow SAR volunteers from other teams around the state. All the information can be found at www.nmesc.org. Register as soon as possible, but no later than May 6 for the pre-registration discount.
|Who's Who and New||by Tom Rinck, Membership Officer|
Congratulations to Bob Baker, our newest FC. We all look forward to working with him on a mission in his new capacity. I would also like to welcome Vincent Pirato as a prospective member.
This downtime won't last. Please be active in spreading information about Cibola Search and Rescue to potential members!
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