Bush Search and Rescue Victoria Committee

The Bush Search and Rescue Victoria Committee administers and operates Bush Search and Rescue.

BSAR Committee members are:

  • The Convener, endorsed by the Bushwalking Victoria Board
  • At least ten Field Organisers (FOs)
  • Six Police Liaison Officers (PLOs)
  • Club Delegates from clubs which provide searchers
  • Representatives of the Police Search and Rescue Squad.
  • Membership Secretary
  • Equipment Officer
  • Peer Support Coordinator

The Committee meets at least six times annually to:

  • Regularly plan and conduct search practices
  • Maintain the call-out system
  • Maintain and distribute accurate call-out lists of the members
  • Encourage recruitment of new individuals and clubs
  • Appoint PLOs and FOs annually, by election if necessary
  • Maintain the Peer Support Group
  • Review each search and follow up any issues
  • Develop and review the policies and procedures
  • Liaise with the Police and other agencies
  • Seek and manage funding
  • Purchase and maintain specialist equipment
  • Respond to requests for information and advice
  • Compile and distribute the member updates

Members are kept informed of the activities of the Committee through their Club Delegate and via email communications.

Interested persons from any club are welcome to attend meetings as observers.

Bush Search and Rescue also has an Executive that reports to the Committee, comprised of:

  • Peter Campbell
  • Monica Chapman (Bushwalking Victoria Membership Coordinator)
  • Eric Krista (Treasurer)
  • Kirilee Chaplin
  • Duncan Brookes
  • Chris Jarvis (Membership Secretary)