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.
BSAR’s 2017 training weekend was held on 25/26 March at Korweinguboora.
Rod Costigan led with 43 visitors, prospective and existing members attending, including instructors and organisers.
Duncan Brookes, Eric Krista, Lachlan Shield, Rodney Polkinghorne, Wayne Merry, Roger Palmer and Kirilee Chaplin assisted with planning and running the event. Support from Victoria Police Search and Rescue was also much appreciated with 6 Police SAR members attending.
The training on Saturday included workshops on radios, line searching, feature searching, stretcher carrying and night searching followed by a GPS Rogaine.
The Bush Search and Rescue Annual Training weekend was held on 15-17 July 2016 at JB Plain near Mt Hotham. 61 BSAR members and prospective members attended.
The weekend provided BSAR members and other interested experienced bushwalkers with training in skills for bush and alpine search and rescue. The program included exercises on first aid, treating hypothermia, using Bothy shelters, building survival shelters, evacuating a patient using Sked stretchers, radio use, navigation and night searching.
The BSAR Annual Training weekend was held on 20-21 June in the Fryers Ranges near Castlemaine. Over 90 people participated, including 40 people interested in joining BSAR. It was great to meet many people who will form the next generation of BSAR searchers.
Two buses were provided by Police Transport Branch to transport the large number of participants.
The weekend provided BSAR members and experienced bushwalkers interested in joining BSAR with training in skills for bush search and rescue. The program was active and hands-on for all participants and included:
Saturday 20/6: Workshops, search exercises, night searching
Sunday 21/6: Participation in a Victorian Rogaining Association (VRA) 6 hour Rogaine.
Forty-six BSAR members and potential members took part in BSAR’s annual training weekend held last May at Korweinguboora on the edge of the Wombat Forest. 12 clubs were represented plus a good number of BWV individual members.
The footy pavilion in the recreation reserve at Korweinguboora on the Ballan Daylesford road was an excellent base for the weekend, especially given the cool and showery conditions; “typical search weather”. Members had arrived at Green St Northcote early Saturday morning as they would for a search callout, and on arrival at the “command post” at Korweinguboora immediately prepared for a search in the nearby Wombat State Forest. Given the numbers, three search exercises were conducted simultaneously, each incorporating feature search, line search, patient management and a stretcher carry evacuation.
We had appropriate winter weather conditions for Bush Search and Rescue’s main weekend training event for 2013.
This training was open to all current BSAR members, prospective members and experienced bushwalkers who are considering membership of BSAR and who meet or who are close to meeting the requirements for BSAR membership.
A pre-training evening for new and potential members was held on Monday 15 July in Melbourne to provide background information and an opportunity for participants to ask questions.
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.
Our annual training weekend this year will provide BSAR members and experienced bushwalkers with training in the skills required for bush searching. Participation in a Victorian Rogaining Association (VRA) rogaine on Saturday is ideal for BSAR members as it is a close match to what is expected of us during a search; accurate off track bush navigation in small groups.
This 12-hour event will provide ample opportunity to practise navigation in friendly team environment. If you are unable to register as a team, don’t be put off – we’ll find a compatible partner for you or team for you to join. Sunday will focus on search specific aspects, including a mock search and evacuation.