2018 Annual Training at Chewton – June 23-24

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.

2018 BSAR training Chewton

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.

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BSAR training day in Williamstown

Getting ready for the radio and navigation exercise
Getting ready for the radio and navigation exercise

 

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.