The following technical notes are provided for searchers reference. Some can be downloaded onto mobile devices for reference in the field or when offline.
Search equipment – what to bring
Search call-outs – how BSAR members are called out.
SPOT tracker SOS instructions (pdf) – explain the use of the police SPOT tracker to call for assistance if other communication options have failed for a BSAR search group.
Line Searching instructions (pdf) – the BSAR method for line searching.
BSAR- Garmin Oregon quickstart guide – standard BSAR profile now on all BSAR GPS units, so no adjustment to the settings is required.
Radio Quick Reference Notes (pdf) – short and useful summary of radio procedures. Added August 2009.
Searching for people with a psychiatric illness – Bush Search and Rescue is sometimes involved in searches for people with psychiatric or other medical conditions that can effect behaviour.
Sound/light searching – a quick and efficient method using whistle, voice and light to attract the attention of a responsive lost person at night and then listen or see a response from them.
Steep snow and ice rescues – a specialist skill set within Bush Search and Rescue for members who have undertaken specific training and who have the appropriate equipment such as ice axe, crampons, helmet, rope and carabiners.
Notes for equipment equipment no longer in use
- GPS Setup Notes (pdf) for the Garmin HCx (model no longer in use)
- GPS Guide for BSAR (pdf) Guide to BSAR searchers on the use of Garmin Etrex HCx units (model no longer in use)
- BSAR Manual
- Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)
- Mobile phones for communications in the bush
- Walksafe Guidelines, Bushwalking Victoria
- SnowSafe – A Guide to Safety in Australia’s Alpine Areas
- Emergency Management in Australia – Triple Zero (000)
Last Updated on March 25, 2021