Duncan Brookes awarded Emergency Services Medal

Duncan Brookes

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

Behind the Log BSAR newsletter May 2015 edition out now

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

May 2015 Behind The Log

Premier, Minister for Emergency Services and family thank emergency services workers

BSAR searchers and other emergency services workers directly involved in the search for Luke Shambrook over Easter were thanked in State Parliament on Wednesday 22 April by Premier Daniel Andrews, the Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett and Luke's parents. The thanks for our efforts was warmly appreciated.

Premier Daniel Andrews BSAR

Premier Daniel Andrews and BSAR members


BSAR Training Weekend - Fryers Ranges 20-21 June 2015

The BSAR Annual Training weekend was held on 20-21 June in the Fryers Ranges near Castlemaine.  Over 90 people participated, including 40 people interested in joining BSAR.  It was great to meet many people who will form the next generation of BSAR searchers. 
2015 BSAR Training Fryerstown
Two buses were provided by Police Transport Branch to transport the large number of participants. 
The weekend provided BSAR members and experienced bushwalkers interested in joining BSAR with training in skills for bush search and rescue.  The program was active and hands-on for all participants and included:
  • Saturday 20/6: Workshops, search exercises, night searching
  • Sunday 21/6: Participation in a Victorian Rogaining Association (VRA) 6 hour Rogaine. 

Missing boy found in Lake Eildon National Park after five day search

Tuesday 7 April 2015

The search for Luke Shambrook in Lake Eildon National Park resulted in him being found alive after a five day search.

BSAR on Fraser National Park search

A total of 63 BSAR members contributed to the search effort including 55 searchers, 2 Police Liaison Officers and 6 Peer Supporters. A BSAR searcher found the boy's hat in dense bush during a line search on day four.  He was spotted by helicopter on day 5 then carried out to safety. Frank Zgoznik, BSAR Field Organiser

Remote area communications

Peter Briggs AO BSAR Field OrganiserThis article provides information for parties visiting remote areas to make informed choices on systems suitable for communications, including during an emergency.  

Prepared and published: Bush Search and Rescue Victoria. A0002548Y.   Date last updated: 12 March 2015. Version: Draft, undergoing review. 

Note: Communication/emergency alerting systems are no substitute for planning, good bush and navigation skills, appropriate fitness and sound leadership. Bushwalking and ski trips should be based on participant’s skills and experience, and the party should be of sufficient size and ability.  Meeting these basic requirements for safety should ensure the planned activity is safe and enjoyable. External assistance should not be required except for unusual or unexpected circumstances.

Emergency + Smartphone App

Triple Zero emergency plus app
Australia’s Triple Zero Awareness Working Group has developed a smartphone app for iOS and Android devices to:
  • Provide the caller with information about when to call Triple Zero
  • Provide the caller with information about who to call in various non-emergency situations
  • State Emergency Service (SES) (132 500)
  • Police Assistance Line (131 444)
  • Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000)
  • Health Direct Australia (1800 022 222)
  • National Relay Service
  • Assist the caller to dial the relevant number
  • Display the GPS coordinates of the phone's location that the caller can read out to the emergency operator.
The app is free of charge and available for download from iTunes (iOS) and Google Play (Android) app stores    

Behind the Log BSAR newsletter October 2014 edition out now

The October 2014 edition of Behind The Log, Bush Search and Rescue's regular newsletter, is now published and can be downloaded from [here] (pdf). 

Articles include:
  • Mt Bogong rescue on the Staircase Spur, Jul 14
  • Mt Bogong search for missing snowboarders, Jul 14 
  • Mt Bogong evacuation of injured skier, Sep 14
  • BSAR search pick up points
  • Steep snow and ice training on the Razorback
  • BSAR members compete and win medals in the Emergency Services Games

October 2014 Behind The Log

Police Search and Rescue training at Mount Arapilies

A video of Victoria Police Search and Rescue training at Mount Arapilies.

Avalanche safety

This article provides information about avalanches and safety advice for avoiding them.  Avalanches can and do occur in Australia. Always remember: the avalanche doesn't know that you are an expert.  
Ski patrollers in resorts assess avalanche risks and conduct control measures when necessary, but groups travelling in the backcountry are responsible for their own safety. 
Avalanche debris Champex valley Switzerland
Avalanche debris visible in Champex valley, Switzerland on the Haute Route. Note ski tracks to the right.

Avalanche Types

There are four main types of avalanches: slab, cornice, wet snow and powder.
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