The Police Search and Rescue Squad turns 60

Congratulations to the Victoria Police Search and Rescue Squad on turning 60 this year.

Victoria Police SAR logo

Over 60 current and former members of the Squad recently attended a reunion at Williamstown to celebrate.

Two special guests were Police Deputy Commissioner Crisp and Stuart Brookes OAM, a foundation member of BSAR and Field Organiser and Police Liaison Officer for many years.

Stuart was invited to attend because of his and BSAR’s role in the period leading up to the formation of the Squad in the mid 1950s.

Stuart’s remarkable account of that period in the history of BSAR and Police SAR, can be read here.

Senior Sergeant Barry Gibson retires

BSAR members with Barry Gibson

Bush Search and Rescue members attended a farewell for Senior Sergeant Barry Gibson on 30 June 2016 for his retirement from Police Search and Rescue after 33 years of notable service with the squad. 

Barry has been a great friend and supporter of Bush Search and Rescue. We have greatly appreciated Barry’s leadership on numerous searches over the years and the excellent support and encouragement he has provided to BSAR training events and more broadly to the organisation.

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Missing walker found and rescued near Mt Shillinglaw

An experienced hiker who set off a distress beacon in Victoria’s alps yesterday afternoon was found safe on Friday 13 May 2011.

Police found the 30-year-old Alphington man at 8.20am on Friday, 19 hours after he set off the distress signal on rugged Mount Shillinglaw, about 60 kilometres south of Mansfield.

Senior Sergeant Lyn Holland, from Mansfield police, said the man had become disoriented as freezing temperatures and snow descended on the mountain about 1pm on Thursday.

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