4-6 August. This year’s main training weekend was planned as a snow based programme on the Buffalo Plateau but was relocated to JB Plain to ensure snow cover. Despite the absence of continuous snow even at JB, the programme was comfortably rejigged for the conditions and participants enjoyed a stimulating programme. Training had a strong emphasis on hypothermia, but also included navigation exercises, search technique instruction and practice, and communications. Sunday was devoted to a mock search culminating in patient care and extraction.
22-23 July. This year’s Steep Snow and Ice training weekend was held at JB Plain. Training included; safe snow travel, self-arrest, avalanche rescue, including use of transceivers and probes, patient management and stretcher hauling. The training culminated in a search scenario utilizing the skills practised during the weekend. It was a successful and enjoyable weekend.
23-24 July 2022. Twenty BSAR members completed SSI training at Mount Buller. Training included self-arrest, crampon usage, patient management, avalanche rescue and a demo of stretcher hauling. Our belated thanks to Mt Buller Ski Patrol, Mount Buller Resort Management, Wilderness Response Paramedics and Police Search and Rescue for their support and participation.
4-5 June 2022. BSAR members and prospective members attended the training weekend in the Fryers Range. The training included participation in the VRA rogaine on the Saturday followed by workshops on Sunday. Workshops covered topics including line searching, GPS, hypothermia and communication. Given the various challenges leading up to the weekend, the training organisers are to be commended for their efforts in pulling together an informative program.
Forty two BSAR volunteers attended a search and training weekend at Lyonville. We used the Lyonville Public Hall as a base and we received some great support from the local community.
Everyone was very keen and motivated to get out in the bush after the restrictions encountered during 2020 when we unable to hold any training in the field.
Two Police Search and Rescue Squad Officers provided us with briefings on search organisation and police radios and supported our training.Continue reading “2021 BSAR search and rescue training at Lyonville, May 15-16”
The BSAR Steep Snow and Ice alpine training that was scheduled for 19 Sep 2020 has been cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
An online training seminar covering alpine search and rescue topics will be held on 3-4pm Saturday 3 Oct.
Details will be emailed to all members.