Mobile phones for communications in the bush

Mobile phones can often be used for communications in the bush and other remote areas.  It is recommended that parties carry at least one mobile phone.

All mobiles are not equal.  Do some research to determine which mobile phone will be the best for the places you are likely to use it.

Search for missing person at Combienbar

A man was reported missing near Combienbar in East Gippsland on Sunday 5 December 2010.  Bush Search and Rescue were called to participate in the search with our first group of 14 departing Melbourne at 2:00am Monday 6 December 2010.

Rescue of injured walker at Eagles Peaks 4 December 2010

A bushwalker was reported injured after a fall near Eagles Peaks, a remote area above the Howqua River, on Friday 3 Dec 2010.  Bush Search and Rescue were called out for a rescue operation and departed Melbourne at 1:00am on Saturday 4 December 2010. After a brief stop at Mansfield Police Station, we were driven up to 8 Mile Gap in Police and SES four wheel drives. We started walking at about 6am.

The weather was fine and sunny after yesterday's storms.  We arrived at the summit of Eagles Peaks and met the Police Search and Rescue and SES team that had departed before us led by Senior Sergeant Greg Paul.

Behind the Log - November 2010 out now

The November 2010 edition of our newsletter, Behind the Log, is out now. This edition contains details on the Lake Mountain search, the winter training earlier this year and our recent automated callout testing.

Missing woman found at Lake Mountain 12 July 2010

The missing person has been found.  Michael Haynes and Mel Morcom are seen returning to base. 12 July 2010 11:50am A woman who was reported missing overnight near Lake Mountain has been found safe and well.

She had spent the night lost after visiting Alps Lookout alone at around 3pm the previous day. On her return to the car park the track became difficult to follow and she eventually veered off the proper track.

Steep snow and ice dryland training day

Bush Search and Rescue members with steep snow and ice skills attended a "dryland" training day in Melbourne to learn some theory and practice steep snow and ice skills including using avalanche transceivers (in South Surrey Park), roping techniques, equipment review and stretcher rigging and hauling using a z-pulley system. Participants were also trained on our latest radio technology.


Linda Beilharz reaches the North Pole

Linda BeilharzLinda, a current and active BSAR member, and her husband Rob Rigato successfully skied to the North Pole in April this year after a strenuous 55 days. At the North Pole they were helicopered out to the Russian Barneo Station and from there on to Svalbard, Norway by the last plane for the season. Linda becomes the first Australian woman to have skied from the edge of the land to the North Pole, and the first to have done the same trip to the north and south poles.

Efficient Snow Removal during Avalanche Rescue

Avalanche Rescue TechniqueWith the recent good snow falls and the upcoming training weekend, here's a good article that covers efficient snow removal when finding persons after an avalanche.

June 2010 issue of Behind the Log out now

The June 2010 issue of our newsletter Behind the Log is out now. This edition contains details on our recent searches as well as our upcoming training event.

2010 winter training including steep snow and ice

The BSAR Training Weekend is was held at Mt Hotham on 24-25 July. Melbourne members travelling to Bright on the Friday night, then met with members from Gippsland and the North East at JB Plain.

This year Steep Snow and Ice (SSI) training was concurrently with the Winter Search Training on the Saturday followed by combined training on the Sunday in the JB Plain area, which was also where we camped overnight.

The weekend was very successful with participants gaining new skills or reinforcing existing skills. At total of 51 participants attended, with 21 being new to BSAR.

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