Training Weekend in Wombat Forest, May 2014

BSAR  TrainingThe BSAR Annual Training weekend is being held on 3-4 May 2014 in the Wombat State Forest.
 

Information for members and potential members

The weekend will provide BSAR members and other interested experienced bushwalkers with training in skills for bush search and rescue with BSAR.  The program is designed to be active and hands-on for all participants.
Training will include a full search exercise, a GPS rogaine and workshops.
 

Who should attend? 

  • Current BSAR members and Prospective members
  • Experienced bushwalkers who are considering membership of BSAR, who meet or who are close to meeting the requirements for BSAR membership, are also most welcome.

BSAR call-out to Howitt Plains missing hiker

Saturday 22/03/2014 4pm. Bush Seach and Rescue was called out for a 4am departure from Melbourne to assist Police Search and Rescue searching for a missing person in the Howitt Plains region of the Alpine National Park.  

Sunday 23/3 1.01pm. Missing woman located by the police helicopter on the Howitt Plains at 10:00am on Sunday and winched to safety.

BSAR team at search conclusion
BSAR team at search conclusion

External links

David Reid awarded OAM for services to bushwalking

 

David Reid OAM

David Reid, Past President and Board Member of Bushwalking Victoria, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2014 Australia Day honours for services to bushwalking.

This award is recognition of many years of dedicated advocacy and service on behalf of all bushwalkers.

David was also President of Bushwalking Australia from 2010 to 2012 and supported the formation of the organisation in 2006.   David was a strong supporter of Bush Search and Rescue Victoria.
 

 

ICE your mobile phone for emergencies

Here is a simple informal protocol you can use with your mobile phone or tablet to assist communication with your next of kin during an emergency situation.

If you are in an emergency situation and not conscious, first responders may access your mobile phone.

If your phone is unlocked, they may check its address list for an "ICE" contact to get information about you and who they should contact.

VicEmergency - emergency warnings for fire, flood, storms, power outages and other incidents

VicEmergency is a single all-emergencies website for Victorians.
 
VicEmergency is Victoria's primary website for emergency warnings for fire and flood and provides a single source of information and advice to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.
 
The site has a real-time Google Map display with emergency events including fires, floods, storms, power outages, hazardous material incidents and traffic incidents. It also includes important planning and recovery information on fire and flood.
 
VicEmergency website for Victorian emergency information
 
 

Whistles

A whistle is essential equipment for searchers to carry.  It is also recommended that individuals carry a whistle  on trips to remote areas.  It is important to use a whistle that has a rating of 100 decibels or higher so that they can be heard from long distances when used.  Some examples are whistles rated above 100 decibels are below.

 

Fenix nw20 whistle

2013 Emergency Services Volunteer Leadership Forum

Eight Bush Search and Rescue Victoria members attended the 2nd Victorian Emergency Services Volunteer Leadership Forum held in May 2013. The event sponsored by the Emergency Services Foundation (ESF).  Around 170 delegates from around Victoria attended, including CFA, SES, Volunteer Ambulance Vic (CERT Teams), Red Cross, other regional Search and Rescue organisations, and BSAR.
 
 
The BSAR attendees were Paul Phillips, Trevor Key,  Eric Krista, Geoff Williams, Wayne Merry, Peter Campbell, Rod Costigan and Murray Irwin.
 

2013 Bushwalking Victoria Distinguished Service Awards for BSAR members

Four long-serving Bush Search and Rescue members had their contributions to search and rescue, bushwalking and the wider Victorian community acknowledged when they received Distinguised Service Awards from Bushwalking Victoria in July 2015.
 
2013 Bushwalking Victoria Awars to BSAR members
John and Faye Retchford, Donna and Duncan Brookes, Stuart Brookes, John and Monica Chapman, Beverly and Merv Trease.
 

Avalanche transceiver searches

Avalanche transceivers (also known as avalanche beacons) can be used to locate someone who is buried in the snow. Time is of the essence when locating and rescuing someone buried by avalanche.
 
The basic message is that to survive an avalanche you have to be rescued within 15 minutes. As rescue services will usually take at least half an hour to arrive on the scene this means the people you are travelling with are the ones who will rescue you.
 
Your life depends on carrying and being proficient in the use of avalanche transceivers and having snow probes and shovels. In ideal conditions it will take around 5 minutes to locate a victim with a transceiver and 10 to 15 minutes to dig them out from the average depth of burial which is 1 meter.
 
 
Digging out an avalanche victim during training
 

BSAR Steep Snow and Ice Training 2013 at Mount Buller

The 2013 steep snow and ice rescue training was conducted over two weekends, the first day on Sunday 18 August was a Dryland session at the Police SAR Williamstown compound. The second day, at Mount Buller on was Sunday 1 September, was on the snow training specific for Steep Snow and Ice (SSI) skills. 
 
 
Note: Steep Snow and Ice rescue skills are not required for bush and normal Winter searches.
 
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