BSAR Training Weekend - Fryers Ranges 20-21 June 2015

BSAR  TrainingThe BSAR Annual Training weekend is being held on 20-21 June in the Fryers Ranges near Castlemaine.
 
The weekend will provide BSAR members and other interested experienced bushwalkers with training in skills for bush search and rescue.  The program is designed to be active and hands-on for all participants and includes:
  • Saturday 20/6: Workshops, search exercises, night searching
  • Sunday 21/6: Participation in a Victorian Rogaining Association (VRA) 6 hour Rogaine.  Rogaine event entry fee will be covered by BSAR.
 

Who should attend? 

  • Current BSAR members - you will receive an email with registration details  
  • Prospective members - experienced bushwalkers interesting in joining BSAR and meet or are close to meeting the requirements for BSAR membership are also welcome.  If you would like to attend please send an email to training@bsar.org

Missing boy found near Lake Eildon after five day search

Tuesday 7 April 2015

The search for Luke Shambrook in Fraser 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.
 

Emergency + Smartphone App

Triple Zero emergency plus app
Australia’s Triple Zero Awareness Working Group has developed a smartphone app for iOS and Android devices to:
  • Provide the caller with information about when to call Triple Zero
  • Provide the caller with information about who to call in various non-emergency situations
  • State Emergency Service (SES) (132 500)
  • Police Assistance Line (131 444)
  • Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000)
  • Health Direct Australia (1800 022 222)
  • National Relay Service
  • Assist the caller to dial the relevant number
  • Display the GPS coordinates of the phone's location that the caller can read out to the emergency operator.
The app is free of charge and available for download from iTunes (iOS) and Google Play (Android) app stores    
 

Behind the Log BSAR newsletter October 2014 edition out now

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). 

Articles include:
  • Mt Bogong rescue on the Staircase Spur, Jul 14
  • Mt Bogong search for missing snowboarders, Jul 14 
  • Mt Bogong evacuation of injured skier, Sep 14
  • BSAR search pick up points
  • Steep snow and ice training on the Razorback
  • BSAR members compete and win medals in the Emergency Services Games

October 2014 Behind The Log

2014 Behind the Log

 

Police Search and Rescue training at Mount Arapilies

A video of Victoria Police Search and Rescue training at Mount Arapilies.

Avalanche safety

This article provides information about avalanches and safety advice for avoiding them.  Avalanches can and do occur in Australia. Always remember: the avalanche doesn't know that you are an expert.  
 
Ski patrollers in resorts assess avalanche risks and conduct control measures when necessary, but groups travelling in the backcountry are responsible for their own safety. 
 
Avalanche debris Champex valley Switzerland
Avalanche debris visible in Champex valley, Switzerland on the Haute Route. Note ski tracks to the right.
 

Avalanche Types

There are four main types of avalanches: slab, cornice, wet snow and powder.
 

BSAR search for missing snowboarders on Mount Bogong

Mt Bogong callout 13-15 July 2014

Two snowboarders failed to return home as expected from a trip to Mt Bogong on Saturday evening 12 July.  Police initiated a full BSAR callout of both north east and Melbourne members early Sunday morning.  Three BSAR members from the Birkenbeiner Nordic Ski Club at Mt Beauty quickly responded, climbing to Michell Hut where the men’s tent was situated, and commenced searching the debris below a recent avalanche site that had been located off the east side of the upper Eskdale Spur.

On Sunday evening a large team of Police Search and Rescue and additional BSAR members from Melbourne climbed to Michell hut and prepared for a large scale search effort.  Searching the avalanche debris located one victim on Monday morning.  As the fate the two men was now tragically clear, on Monday evening all BSAR searchers were flown off Mt Bogong by Police helicopter.

Police Search and Rescue and BSAR searchers preparing at Michell Hut

Search and rescue on Mount Bogong for two missing snowshoers

 

Mt Bogong callout 5-6 July 2014

Police received a triple 0 call from two men lost on Mt Bogong on Saturday 5 July, who had become separated from the rest of their party in bad weather.  Police requested BSAR assistance.  Five BSAR members from the Birkenbeiner Nordic Ski Club at Mt Beauty responded at short notice to the BSAR local call-out and ascended the Staircase Spur during the night.  In the early hours of Sunday morning they located the two men in their collapsed tent near the top of the Staircase Spur.  Both were thoroughly soaked, severely hypothermic and dehydrated.  The men were moved into tents and carefully warmed over the next few hours.

Once sufficiently re-warmed, each man was moved down to Bivouac Hut for further treatment, now assisted by members of Police Search and Rescue Squad.  At Bivouac Hut additional BSAR members from Melbourne and Mt Beauty, as well as local SES personnel, assisted in getting the men off Mt Bogong.  This was successfully achieved by the end of the day.  Both men made a full recovery.

Campsite, Staircase spur.  Photo: Bob Flower
 

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training at The Razorback

We held our Steep Snow and Ice training this year amidst spectacular scenery on The Razorback on 5 to 7 September 2014.  

 

The training covered roping up, travelling roped, using a z-pulley with the new MPD, avalanche rescue using transceivers, shovels and probes, climbing with ice axe and crampons, low angle haul of the sked and some skiing and snow shoeing.  Twenty 23 members attended.

We had a wonderful view of the sunset from our camp near Diamantina Hut.

We thank Victoria Police Search and Rescue and Transport Branch and Mount Hotham Resort Management for their support of this training event.

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

The Razorback and Mt Feathertop

 

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