BSAR’s annual training weekend was held on 23-24 June 2018 at Chewton, with 28 members, 23 prospective members and 6 Police Search and Rescue attending in delightful June weather.
On Saturday our new and prospective members completed an induction session while experienced members participated in group leader scenarios covering hypothermia treatment, stretcher carry and helicopter evacuation.
The afternoon moved to the focus of this training; navigation. Skills were developed and practiced with the GPS and in bush navigation using map and compass. The evening included a night navigation session to put those skills to the test.
43 BSAR members attended; 10 on their first BSAR event and 8 members travelling from regional Victoria.
4 members of the Search and Rescue Squad participated.
The training included:
Tour and talk at the Police Search and Rescue facility
GPS and Police radio field exercise around the Williamstown waterfront
Search group leader workshop.
The Williamstown waterfront provided a good venue for a GPS and Police radio skills field exercise. The radio element was structured around search groups reporting specific information to the command post at each control.
Search group leader workshops, built around group discussions of scenarios based on actual BSAR search events were very well received.
The BSAR ski skills training day was held at Mt Stirling on Saturday 26 August 2017 for all BSAR members keen to acquire or improve their ski skills. Six BSAR members and three Police SAR members attended.
Activities included some basic instruction, skiing to and around the summit, some steep slope skiing then a return ski run to Telephone Box Junction
Steep Snow and Ice alpine training was held on 29-30 July 2017 at Mount Buller.
The training included travelling in alpine environments, snow and ice safety, rescue techniques, using crampons and ice axes, holding falls when roped and a demonstration of haulage equipment for steep terrain.
Our thanks to Mount Buller CFA for allowing us to use their facility and dodge the very strong winds that came in on Saturday Night.
Thanks also to the Mount Buller Ski Patrol for their support and hospitality.