Emergency Services Foundation – 2013 scholarships

There is an opportunity for BSAR members to apply for an Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) scholarship.

The Emergency Services Foundation was established following the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. It operates as a trust to provide immediate support for those who suffer hardship as a result of the death of a family member or injuries sustained in the line of duty.

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BSAR Training Weekend notice 27-28 October 2012

BSAR Training

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.

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Tribute to Bill Bewsher

A gathering was held in Melbourne on Thursday 19 July at the Retreat Hotel in Abbotsford to celebrate the achievements and life of Bill Bewsher.

Many tales and memories were shared of Bill’s remarkable contributions to education, the Bushcraft and Mountain Leadership (BMLC) course, Bush Search and Rescue, the Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs (now Bushwalking Victoria), Melbourne University Mountaineering Club, his quest for the first ascent of Federation Peak in South West Tasmania, and his leadership and exploration at the Australian Antartic Base.

Bill’s achievements have been recognised in part by the naming of an Antartic mountain, a Tasmanian pass and Tasmanian lake after him.

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