|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes|
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|Top of the Hill||by David Dixon , President|
It's nice to see the Hike (or Bike) of the Month back in operation by Joyce. This month she has planned a great hike in the Pecos. It would be a great opportunity to learn more about an area we've often missioned in - (that's a new SAR word). Let's support her efforts by attending.
Aaron is continuing to offer great trainings. August will be something different and useful to all, Terrain Identification. The September training is becoming a tradition for the Albuquerque SAR community, our annual Mock Search. Steve has been working hard on preparing for it and with the committed addition of AMRC and other state teams it should be even better this year. I'd like to see 100% team attendance on this one.
We've been asked again by Open Space to start off the Fall Fireside Chat series in September with our great presentation on Outdoor Preparedness. We're also hosting a hike the next day. Both events are always well attended and we sometimes stir up a few outdoor types interested in joining. Let Frances know if you are interested in helping out.
The officers met recently with our AMRC counterparts for a nice discussion on many aspects of the two organizations and SAR in general. A small committee will meet soon to develop a joint litter protocol and its implementation via a training sometime later in the year. Everyone seemed to feel that continuing a joint training every year was a good idea. AMRC is also committed to the Mock Search and their Training Officer will be working with Steve to finalize their role. Both teams also agreed to share their training schedules so that all members could take advantage of what each has to offer. All in all I think the meeting was productive and positive. I remain optimistic that Cibola and AMRC can work together to better serve Albuquerque and themselves.
The forests have opened up and missions are on the rise. We all look forward to getting back into them, either as visitors or doin' our SAR duty. So stay in shape, and good rescuing.
|Boots and Blisters||by Aaron Hall, Training Officer|
July was a good month for trainings and evaluations. Tom Russo put on a Low Angle Equipment and Techniques training, Thanks Tom! Six people passed July's litter evaluation, way to go people!
September's training is one to be looking forward to. It will be our annual mock search. Steve Buckley is leading the planning for this training, Thanks Steve. It will begin sometime on the evening of the 21st and will likely end sometime on the morning of the 22nd. Put this on your calendar and plan to be there. The annual mock search has typically been one of Cibola's best trainings and I think one of the most fun. Other teams from around the state usually participate, so its a great opportunity to meet other people in the NM SAR community.
|Hike of the Month||Nambe Lake||0700, Aug 17, 2002|
|Trailhead: Santa Fe Ski Area|
|R.T. Distance: 8 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 10400/11400|
|Hiking Time 6 hours||Hazards: Some rock on trail. Last portion of trail is steep and can be slippery when wet.|
|Topo Maps: Aspen Basin|
|Hike Coordinator: Joyce Rumschlag|
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Joyce Rumschlag, Secretary|
Minutes of the 11 July, 2002 Business Meeting
Pre-meeting mini lesson was presented by David Dixon on Knot Tying. The team practiced tying the knots required for the litter handling evaluation.
President's Report David Dixon started the meeting with the introduction of the officers and general introductions. The team discussed the pending meeting with AMRC to generate joint protocols for litter evacuations, preparations for the Mock Search, activities to update the Member's Guide, procuring Team vests/shirts, and concerns with the new training policy.
Vice-President/Training Aaron Hall was absent. David Dixon reminded members of the dates for upcoming trainings and evaluations.
Treasurer Art Fischer was absent. Steve Buckley covered inputs to the Treasurer.
Membership Steve Buckley discussed the Member's Guide review process and stated he wanted to get the final draft in front of the team by the August meeting. He also discussed planning for the Mock Search. The team identified 21 September as a good date for the event.
Equipment Tony Gaier reported that he is procuring maps of the Sandias (4 sheets) for the membership. The team decided to buy four Etrex GPS's and give them to the high mission attenders for a six-month period. The measure was approved (13 for/0 against).
The team decided to buy two team radios and give them to the high mission attenders for a six-month period. The measure was approved (13 for/0 against).
Medical The team discussed the requirement for the WFRs to get CE courses. The Team discussed renting video tapes from the EMS Region II Video Loan Program to meet the need.
P.R. Committee Frances Robertson reported that there would be a presentation on Wilderness Preparedness and Survival on September 7 in the Open Space. She also stated that there would be two Boy Scout events in late September.
New Business New business included awarding the Bronze Boot to Aidan Thompson and Alex Fischer for the El Malpais mission, proposed changes in the phone numbers for one of our pagers, a discussion of a proposal to unite New Mexico SAR teams under the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA), and a proposal to buy new team gear (GPS's, radios, and snowshoes).
|Who's Who and New||by Steven Buckley, Membership Officer|
We have begun planning our Mock Search. We are planning to hold it on 21 September. I have been contacted by many New Mexico SAR organizations that wish to participate. This year's Mock Search should be a great event. I look forward to seeing all of you turn out to be tested by the devious - I mean ingenious - scenarios your Mock Search Committee is contemplating.
|Public Relations||by Frances Robertson|
We are also on the schedule with indefinite dates in September and Octocber (at this time) for presentations to several scout troops. The topic will probably be search techniques. If you like working with kids or are a kid at heart, this is your thing.
The next PR committee meeting is Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 PM at the Frontier Restaurant. If you like intimate meetings, this committee is for you. Bring your ideas, leave with a belly full of Frontier's special burritos.
|Medical News||by Mike Dugger|
Remember that we still have a review scheduled with our medical director on the evening of August 19. We plan to review missions where medical care was provided during the past year and a half. Please check the voicemail for updates on location.
|Web News||by Tom Russo|
You will see that instead of (Not Avail.) appearing when a member hasn't had enough trainings in a 6-month period to go on missions, there will be a notation "(TD 1)" or "(TD 2)." This indicates "Training Deficient," just like it has for the past two months, but the number following the TD indicates how many trainings that member must take in order to go back on mission-available status.
Remember, the new team policy is that if you are short of your training requirement in a 6 month period, you must make up that shortage in the next period in order to go on missions, and must take two additional trainings in the current period in order to stay on available status next period. This is the flipside of the statement "you can go back on available status as soon as you make up your deficiency, but you can't count those trainings towards this period's requirements." If you begin two periods in a row with a training shortage you're dropped from the roster.
In order to help you keep track of your own status more easily, I've set up the phone tree generating program to add a flag to your entry for the last two months of each period. If a (W) appears next to your name in May, June, November or December, then you are warned that while you didn't have a shortage last period you are two months away from the end of the period and not yet finished your requirements. If a (WW) appears, it means you were deficient last period and made up that deficiency but have not yet completed your requirements for this period; if you don't complete your requirements you will be dropped from the team roster. You get the two months heads-up so that you are aware that you have only two more opportunities to complete your requirements. This should take some burden off the membership officer of writing up those warning letters --- please heed the warning and spare him the pain of having to wag a finger at you.
I hope these new changes help members keep track of their own status in an "at-a-glance" format. Please let me know if there are any ways you see to make it more readable and informative as I continue to "re-bug" the web functions.
One last item: you may notice that the new "member information database" page has links for "Ham Operators," "Members with Email" and "Members with Pagers." It used to be a phenomenal drag do do something like "send email to all members with email." No more. Each of these three pages generates a clickable link at the bottom that will send an email to everyone on that page who has an email address. This should be used sparingly, as we have the team list server for most purposes --- some people don't want to receive lots of team-related email and have chosen not to subscribe to the listserve for that reason --- but this should be a helpful thing to have available.
The team website can be accessed at http://www.cibolasar.org/
|CISM, Part 4: The Big One||by Joyce Rumschlag|
Follow ups after the debriefing are available as well as referrals. There is help out there that will get you back on the job or out in the field whatever the case may be. This, my friends, is what we have been trained to do. We have prepared ourselves so we can offer our services to you because we understand how important it can be in the recovery from exposure to a critical incident as well to lesson the emotional impact of the situation. You are the best judge to tell if things just don't feel right with you, just ask for help.
This is the end of this series of articles, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
There is a 24 hour CISM hot line number to schedule debriefings, defusings or one-on-ones. Please contact me for the phone number.
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