Sixty participants took part in BSAR’s annual training weekend held on 27-28 October 2012 in the Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park near Eldorado in north east Victoria. In stark contrast to last year’s training in the Wombat Forest, we enjoyed marvellous spring weather. Fifteen BWV Clubs were represented, plus a number of BWV individual members. It was especially pleasing to welcome 22 prospective members, many from the Melbourne, Monash and RMIT Universities, on their first BSAR training event.
The Saturday program involved participation in the Victorian Rogaining Association’s 12 hour rogaine, in the lovely open (mostly) forests north of Eldorado. The BSAR teams achieved some impressive results, and a good standard of navigation and fitness was demonstrated. Many thanks to the VRA for its strong support of BSAR and in facilitating our participation in the rogaine.
On Sunday morning a short program of workshops covering radio, GPS, group leaders and new members induction preceded line searching and stretcher carry exercises.
Thank you to Sergeant Victor Velthuis and LSC Simon Ranik of Police Search and Rescue for their participation and assistance and to the Police Transport Branch for getting us there and home again in comfort as usual.
Thank you to Jim Gargan of BNSC who did much of the organisation and coordinated the weekend program, aided by Ross McKinnon as acting Field Organiser.
And finally, to the prospective members, we hope to have you as members soon. Welcome again to BSAR and we hope to see you on a search bus.=
12 Hour Rogaine – Saturday 27 October
Fitting “Navlight” electronic bracelet used for checkpoint scoring
Rogaine briefing just before departure
Search and Rescue Training – Sunday 28 October
Jim Gargan briefing BSAR members
Duncan Brookes briefing BSAR members on search procedures
Rod Lawlor leading GPS training
Peter Briggs providing map reading instruction
Patient care and first aid
SKED stretcher carry after line search
The final debrief