Whistles

A whistle is essential equipment for searchers to carry.  It is also recommended that individuals carry a whistle  on trips to remote areas.  It is important to use a whistle that has a rating of 100 decibels or higher so that they can be heard from long distances when used.  Some examples are whistles rated above 100 decibels are below.

 

Fenix nw20 whistle

2013 Emergency Services Volunteer Leadership Forum

Eight Bush Search and Rescue Victoria members attended the 2nd Victorian Emergency Services Volunteer Leadership Forum held in May 2013. The event sponsored by the Emergency Services Foundation (ESF).  Around 170 delegates from around Victoria attended, including CFA, SES, Volunteer Ambulance Vic (CERT Teams), Red Cross, other regional Search and Rescue organisations, and BSAR.
 
 
The BSAR attendees were Paul Phillips, Trevor Key,  Eric Krista, Geoff Williams, Wayne Merry, Peter Campbell, Rod Costigan and Murray Irwin.
 

2013 Bushwalking Victoria Distinguished Service Awards for BSAR members

Four long-serving Bush Search and Rescue members had their contributions to search and rescue, bushwalking and the wider Victorian community acknowledged when they received Distinguised Service Awards from Bushwalking Victoria in July 2013.
 
2013 Bushwalking Victoria Awars to BSAR members
John and Faye Retchford, Donna and Duncan Brookes, Stuart Brookes, John and Monica Chapman, Beverly and Merv Trease.
 

Avalanche transceiver searches

Avalanche transceivers (also known as avalanche beacons) can be used to locate someone who is buried in the snow. Time is of the essence when locating and rescuing someone buried by avalanche.
 
The basic message is that to survive an avalanche you have to be rescued within 15 minutes. As rescue services will usually take at least half an hour to arrive on the scene this means the people you are travelling with are the ones who will rescue you.
 
Your life depends on carrying and being proficient in the use of avalanche transceivers and having snow probes and shovels. In ideal conditions it will take around 5 minutes to locate a victim with a transceiver and 10 to 15 minutes to dig them out from the average depth of burial which is 1 meter.
 
 
Digging out an avalanche victim during training
 

BSAR Steep Snow and Ice Training 2013 at Mount Buller

The 2013 steep snow and ice rescue training was conducted over two weekends, the first day on Sunday 18 August was a Dryland session at the Police SAR Williamstown compound. The second day, at Mount Buller on was Sunday 1 September, was on the snow training specific for Steep Snow and Ice (SSI) skills. 
 
 
Note: Steep Snow and Ice rescue skills are not required for bush and normal Winter searches.
 

BSAR softshell jackets

BSAR hi-vis softshell jackets were first issued to members in 2013.  They complement the BSAR hi-vis safety shirt, beanie and cap.

BSAR Softshell BSAR Softshell jacket

These jackets were provided through the funding support of the JJ Gardiner Trust, via the Alpine Search and Rescue Victoria club, the Victorian Department of Justice, and Bushwalking Victoria.  BSAR is very grateful for the generous support that enabled its members to be so equipped.

Improvised body harness

An improvised harness can be made from two slings to secure someone if necessary during a rescue.
  • Sling for leg seat harness: 4m  to 4.3m
  • Sling for chest harness 2.5m to 2.8m
The following pictures illustrate the sequence to make the improvised harness.
 

Setting up a Z pulley for stretcher hauling rescue

  • This equipment is used for stretcher hauling on steep snow and ice terrain
  • These instructions are indicative and may be varied in the field
  • Escort attached to the Safety line is NOT illustrated
  • All ropes are static ropes (e.g. Blue Water 11m)
  • Z pulley setup for rescues will be supervised and checked by Police Officer in Charge

 

Z-Pulley

 

Presentation to Army Reserve training day

Bush Search and Rescue was asked to present at a land search and rescue training activity for the Reserve Response Force (RRF) at Simpson Barracks in Watsonia on Saturday 1 June 2013.  The RRF is the Force Element that has been the basis of the Austalian Defence Force's response to fires and floods in recent years.

BSAR presenation to Army Reserve Response Force

Winter search training weekend Lake Mountain July 2013

We had appropriate winter weather conditions for Bush Search and Rescue's main weekend training event for 2013.    

This training was open to all current BSAR members, prospective members and experienced bushwalkers who are considering membership of BSAR and who meet or who are close to meeting the requirements for BSAR membership.  

A pre-training evening for new and potential members was held on Monday 15 July in Melbourne to provide background information and an opportunity for participants to ask questions. 
 
 
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