It will be 2 years since Jim Grelis passed away on 7th June 2017. His loss is still felt deeply by family members and friends but he still lives on in our hearts. To honour his memory, join us on one of Jim’s favourite events: The Albert Parkrun, Melbourne.
BSAR is 70 years old on 6th May 2019.
We don’t know the names or the clubs of the 11 volunteer bushwalkers who left the Russell Street Police Headquarters in 2 trucks early on Friday 6 May 1949 for Port Welshpool. There they boarded a fishing ketch and were landed on the east coast of Wilsons Promontory to join the large search for a missing bushwalker.
Sun 10 March: Twelve BSAR volunteers were called out to a search for two missing walkers on Mount Buffalo. Search tasks included walking tracks and prominent features.
Mon 11 March: An additional 22 BSAR volunteers joined the search. The missing people were not located at the conclusion of the day.
Tue 12 March: 19 BSAR volunteers responded to a 3rd call-out and joined the search. The missing people were located alive and well at around 11:30 am. All BSAR members returned to Melbourne.
Our search tasks included easy walking tracks, large rock formations, alpine meadows, some peaks, scrubby gullies and rivers.
BSAR has long encouraged members to participate in Rogaines and many members do so regularly.
We now offer you a voucher to cover your entry fee for one Rogaine per year.
Please note that you must receive the voucher before you enter the event.
Bill Brand, former Officer in Charge of the Search and Rescue Squad, passed away on the morning of Monday the 17th of September 2018. Bill Brand was one of the founding members of the Search and Rescue Squad and served at all ranks up to Inspector until his retirement in the mid-1980’s.
Bill Brand was a great friend and supporter of BSAR.
The funeral service was held at Heritage Funerals, 733 Boronia Rd Wantirna, at 10 am on Tuesday the 2nd October 2018.
2 October 2018, by Duncan Brookes
Thank you to the Brand family for the opportunity to pay tribute to Bill on behalf of the bushwalkers; “The Bushies”.Continue reading “Vale Bill Brand”
I will be representing BSAR at the Backcountry Ski Festival at Falls Creek this weekend 1 – 2 September.
BSAR members participating are free to wear BSAR safety clothing if they wish.
You can view the extensive program of events and book online here
The program on Saturday includes intros to telemarking, backcountry snow shoe tours, snow camping, navigation and beacon searching with tours in the afternoon
The program on Sunday includes resort skiing (you’ll need a lift ticket) and 4-5 hour backcountry tours.
I hope to see you there!
Regards, Peter Campbell
Convener, Bush Search and Rescue Victoria
17:58 Tue 28 Aug 2018. BSAR search call-out issued for missing person in North East Victoria
09:00 Wed 28 Aug 2018. Thirteen BSAR members participating in search for missing 86 year old man near Bright.
12:15 Wed 28 AUG 2018. BSAR involvement in the search for missing person near Bright has concluded. Missing person found deceased.
BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training was held on 27 – 29 July 2018 at the Razorback.
View the news report video by 9 News
11:00 Sun 1 Jul 2018. BSAR search call-out issued for missing person near Noojee.
13:15 Sun 1 Jul 2018. Call-out cancelled, missing person found.
BSAR’s annual training weekend was held on 23-24 June 2018 at Chewton, with 28 members, 23 prospective members and 6 Police Search and Rescue attending in delightful June weather.
On Saturday our new and prospective members completed an induction session while experienced members participated in group leader scenarios covering hypothermia treatment, stretcher carry and helicopter evacuation.
The afternoon moved to the focus of this training; navigation. Skills were developed and practiced with the GPS and in bush navigation using map and compass. The evening included a night navigation session to put those skills to the test.