Technical notes and details on searching

SPOT tracker SOS instructions (pdf).  These notes explain the use of the police SPOT tracker to call for assistance if other communicaiton options have failed for a BSAR search group.

Line Searching instructions (pdf).  Instructions on the BSAR method for line searching. 

Off-track Bush Navigation Tips

Garmin Oregon quickstart guide for BSAR (pdf)  Note: A standard BSAR profile is now on all BSAR GPS units, so no adjustment to the settings is required.

Radio Guide for BSAR (pdf)Guide for BSAR searchers on the use of CB and Police radios during a search. Updated Jan 2015

Radio Quick Reference Notes (pdf).   A short and useful summary of radio procedures.   Added August 2009.

Remote Area Communications.  A guide for the types of devices and options for communication in remote areas.

Probe Searching Technique.  Suitable for use in areas along tracks and roads where there is very dense bush.  More information.

Searching for people with a psychiatric illnessBush Search and Rescue is from time to time involved in searches for people with psychiatric or other medical conditions that can effect behaviour, who are missing in remote bush areas. More information.

Sound/light searching is is a quick and efficient method using whistle, voice and light to attract the attention of a responsive lost person at night and then listen or see a response from them. More information.

BSAR Electronic Alerting Systems (pdf).

Steep snow and ice rescues. This is a specialist skill set within Bush Search and Rescue for members who have undertaken specific training and who have the appropriate equipment such as ice axe, crampons, helmet, rope and carabiners.  More information.

Missing Person Behaviour v1.0 (pdf)

GPS Setup Notes (pdf) for the Garmin HCx. (model no longer in use)

GPS Guide for BSAR (pdf).  (model no longer in use) Guide to BSAR searchers on the use of Garmin Etrex HCx units. The guide also provides background information on using GPS units - including the appropriate selection of Map Datums and Position Formats. 


See also