Mt Burrowa search locates missing bushwalker

Fifteen BSAR searchers travelled to Corryong on Tuesday 6 October to participate in the search for a missing bushwalker in the vicinity of Mt Burrowa in the Burrowa-Pine National Park.  

The missing person was spotted by helicopter just as we arrived in Corryong.  

Over 100 people were involved in the search including Police, Parks Victoria, DEWLP and State Emergency Service and BSAR crews.

2015 BSAR Mt Burrowa search

Missing woman located on Mt Erica on 26 Aug 2015


5 BSAR attended as search for a missing woman on Mt Erica who was located on 26 August. 25 more were ready to assist but were not deployed as the woman was found.

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Mount Bogong rescue of injured skier 12 Aug 2015

BSAR members participated in the rescue of an injured skier on Mt Bogong on 12 August 2015 in overcast weather and snow showers following a local call-out by Mt Beauty Police.  The rescue involved a stretcher haul from Tadgell Point then down Eskdale Spur to Michel Hut under the supervision of Police SAR.

2015-08-12 Bogong Rescue

2015 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training

BSAR's 2015 alpine training consisted of:

A Dryland Training Day on Sunday 19 July 2015 at Police SAR in Williamstown.  Topics covered included steep snow and ice terrain awareness, roping up, stretcher setup and hauling and avalanche transceiver theory and practice

A Steep Snow and Ice training weekend at JB Plain on 24 - 26 July 2015.  Exercises over the two days included self-arresting, setting up snow belays and a z-pulley haul using an MPD (which replaces a Jumar, pulley and abseil device used in the previous setup),  rescues using avalanche transceivers and probing followed by digging out a simulated buried patient. A simulated search was also conducted near JB Plain.  The simulated lost person was found and evacuated using a sked to haul them back to the camping site.

The weather was poor, snowing at times with occasional strong wind gusts.  
2015 BSAR Alpine Training Mt Hotham

Duncan Brookes awarded Emergency Services Medal

Duncan Brookes

Duncan Brookes, a BSAR member for over 42 years, was awarded the Emergency Service Medal on Queens Birthday, 8 June 2015.   The citation is: 

Mr Brookes has been a dedicated member of the Bush Search and Rescue Victoria (BSAR) team for over 42 years. He has been the Lead Training Organiser on 10 BSAR Annual Training weekends responsible for numerous duties including managing the organising groups; developing the training programs; arranging logistics; and providing briefings to instructors and participants. More recently, he has provided vital leadership in the development of the 2012 to 2016 BSAR Strategic Plan and is following up with implementation of several initiatives arising from it including membership management improvements; safety clothing; and creating and improving operational policies. Mr Brookes has participated in over 34 searches and has provided outstanding service to BSAR as a Field Organiser on 19 of these.

Behind the Log BSAR newsletter May 2015 edition out now

The May 2015 edition of Behind The Log, Bush Search and Rescue's regular newsletter, is now published and can be downloaded from [here] (pdf). 

Articles include:
  • Call-out for the Staircase Spur, 3 November
  • Welcome to New BSAR Members
  • Search for Missing Boy near Eildon, 4-7 April
  • BSAR Annual Report 2014-15
  • Orange Smoke Flares for BSAR Search Groups
  • Cheaper Gear through VPSA Membership
  • The Test of the Call-out System
  • BSAR Annual Training Weekend, 20-21 June 2015
  • Steep Snow and Ice Training dates for July 2015

May 2015 Behind The Log

Premier, Minister for Emergency Services and family thank emergency services workers

BSAR searchers and other emergency services workers directly involved in the search for Luke Shambrook over Easter were thanked in State Parliament on Wednesday 22 April by Premier Daniel Andrews, the Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett and Luke's parents. The thanks for our efforts was warmly appreciated.

Premier Daniel Andrews BSAR

Premier Daniel Andrews and BSAR members


BSAR Training Weekend - Fryers Ranges 20-21 June 2015

The BSAR Annual Training weekend was held on 20-21 June in the Fryers Ranges near Castlemaine.  Over 90 people participated, including 40 people interested in joining BSAR.  It was great to meet many people who will form the next generation of BSAR searchers. 
2015 BSAR Training Fryerstown
Two buses were provided by Police Transport Branch to transport the large number of participants. 
The weekend provided BSAR members and experienced bushwalkers interested in joining BSAR with training in skills for bush search and rescue.  The program was active and hands-on for all participants and included:
  • Saturday 20/6: Workshops, search exercises, night searching
  • Sunday 21/6: Participation in a Victorian Rogaining Association (VRA) 6 hour Rogaine. 

Missing boy found near Lake Eildon after five day search

Tuesday 7 April 2015

The search for Luke Shambrook in Eildon National Park near Eildon resulted in him being found alive after a five day search.

BSAR on Fraser National Park search

A total of 63 BSAR members contributed to the search effort including 55 searchers, 2 Police Liaison Officers and 6 Peer Supporters. A BSAR searcher found the boy's hat in dense bush during a line search on day four.  He was spotted by helicopter on day 5 then carried out to safety. Frank Zgoznik, BSAR Field Organiser

Remote area communications

Peter Briggs AO BSAR Field OrganiserThis article provides information for parties visiting remote areas to make informed choices on systems suitable for communications, including during an emergency.  

Prepared and published: Bush Search and Rescue Victoria. A0002548Y.   Date last updated: 12 March 2015. Version: Draft, undergoing review. 

Note: Communication/emergency alerting systems are no substitute for planning, good bush and navigation skills, appropriate fitness and sound leadership. Bushwalking and ski trips should be based on participant’s skills and experience, and the party should be of sufficient size and ability.  Meeting these basic requirements for safety should ensure the planned activity is safe and enjoyable. External assistance should not be required except for unusual or unexpected circumstances.
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