12-13 September. BSAR members assisted in the search for a man missing near Winton Wetlands near Benalla.
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.
12 July. BSAR members assisted with a search for a man missing from Golden Beach.
4 July. BSAR members assisted in the search for a man missing from Kinglake area.
BSAR joined over twenty emergency services at the 2023 Emergency Services Expo in Jamieson on Sunday 23rd April. Our participating members found this a rewarding experience, both as an opportunity to explain BSAR’s role to the public and as an opportunity to meet and learn from members of other emergency service agencies.
BSAR wishes to thank the Expo organisers for providing this opportunity.