For BSAR members with Steep Snow and Ice rating, and those seeking it, there are two Steep Snow and Ice training sessions this year:
Who should attend?
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.
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).
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 and BSAR members
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.
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
This 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.
The October 2014 edition of Behind The Log, Bush Search and Rescue's regular newsletter, is now published and can be downloaded from [here] (pdf).
A video of Victoria Police Search and Rescue training at Mount Arapilies.