This award is recognition of many years of dedicated advocacy and service on behalf of all bushwalkers.
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.
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.
This new BSAR hi-vis softshell jacket will be distributed to members over the coming months. It complements the BSAR hi-vis safety shirt, beanie and cap.
The first batch of jackets will be purchased using funding received from the JJ Gardiner Trust, via the Alpine Search and Rescue Victoria club. The JJ Gardiner Trust is associated with the Sandhurst Trustees and the Bendigo Bank. BSAR is very grateful for this generous support. The jackets are expected to be available in September.
Bushwalking Victoria is committed to ensuring that all BSAR members receive a jacket. With Bushwalking Victoria's support a second batch of jackets for remaining members is likely to be ordered later in the year.