2021 BSAR search and rescue training at Lyonville, May 15-16

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.

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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.