Forty-six BSAR members and potential members took part in BSAR’s annual training weekend held last May at Korweinguboora on the edge of the Wombat Forest. 12 clubs were represented plus a good number of BWV individual members.
The footy pavilion in the recreation reserve at Korweinguboora on the Ballan Daylesford road was an excellent base for the weekend, especially given the cool and showery conditions; “typical search weather”. Members had arrived at Green St Northcote early Saturday morning as they would for a search callout, and on arrival at the “command post” at Korweinguboora immediately prepared for a search in the nearby Wombat State Forest. Given the numbers, three search exercises were conducted simultaneously, each incorporating feature search, line search, patient management and a stretcher carry evacuation.
A rotation of practical workshops on Sunday morning covered tracking and observation, hypothermia field treatment and helicopter extraction requirements. Sunday afternoon was a GPS rogaine. This exercise provided intensive training in the accurate use of the GPS. The dense and relatively featureless pine forests west of the base were ideal for the exercise.
Leading Senior Constable Russell Dehnert from Police Search and Rescue assisted over the course of the weekend, and LSC Mark Braun visited at the conclusion of the search exercises on Saturday. Thanks to the Police Search and Rescue Squad for organising the bus transport, radios and maps.
And finally, to the new and prospective members who attended the weekend, welcome again to BSAR and we hope to see you on a search bus.
Duncan Brookes and Merv Trease for the Organising Team