2015 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training

2015 BSAR Alpine Training Mt Hotham

BSAR’s 2015 alpine training consisted of:

A Dryland Training Day on Sunday 19 July 2015 at Police SAR in Williamstown.  Topics covered included steep snow and ice terrain awareness, roping up, stretcher setup and hauling and avalanche transceiver theory and practice

A Steep Snow and Ice training weekend at JB Plain on 24 – 26 July 2015.  Exercises over the two days included self-arresting, setting up snow belays and a z-pulley haul using an MPD (which replaces a Jumar, pulley and abseil device used in the previous setup),  rescues using avalanche transceivers and probing followed by digging out a simulated buried patient. A simulated search was also conducted near JB Plain.  The simulated lost person was found and evacuated using a sked to haul them back to the camping site.

The weather was poor, snowing at times with occasional strong wind gusts.  

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Duncan Brookes awarded Emergency Services Medal

Duncan Brookes, a BSAR member for over 42 years, was awarded the Emergency Service Medal on Queens Birthday, 8 June 2015.

Duncan Brookes

The citation is:

Mr Brookes has been a dedicated member of the Bush Search and Rescue Victoria (BSAR) team for over 42 years. He has been the Lead Training Organiser on 10 BSAR Annual Training weekends responsible for numerous duties including managing the organising groups; developing the training programs; arranging logistics; and providing briefings to instructors and participants. More recently, he has provided vital

leadership in the development of the 2012
to 2016 BSAR Strategic Plan and is following up with implementation of several initiatives arising from it including membership management improvements; safety clothing; and creating and improving operational policies. Mr Brookes has participated in over 34 searches and has provided outstanding service to BSAR as a Field Organiser on 19 of these.

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Behind the Log BSAR newsletter May 2015 edition

May 2015 Behind The Log

The May 2015 edition of Behind The Log, Bush Search and Rescue’s regular newsletter, is now published and can be downloaded from [here] (pdf).

Articles include:
  • Call-out for the Staircase Spur, 3 November
  • Welcome to New BSAR Members
  • Search for Missing Boy near Eildon, 4-7 April
  • BSAR Annual Report 2014-15
  • Orange Smoke Flares for BSAR Search Groups
  • Cheaper Gear through VPSA Membership
  • The Test of the Call-out System
  • BSAR Annual Training Weekend, 20-21 June 2015
  • Steep Snow and Ice Training dates for July 2015