Behind The Log newsletter for May 2011 available

The May 2011 edition of Behind The Log, Bush Search and Rescue's regular newletter can be downloaded from here [link] (PDF).   There are articles on the Combienbar and Eagles Peaks searches, information about upcoming training events and an interview with Chris Jarvis who stepped down recently as our Equipment Officer.   The 2011 Annual Report and our Media Policy are also included.


Steep Snow and Ice Training 9-10 July 2011 and Dryland Training day 26 June

This year's Steep Snow and Ice training is being held on Mount Stirling on the 9-10 of July 2011 and will focus on steep snow and ice rescue skills in an alpine environment.  A Dryland Training day covering theory and some off-snow exercises will be held in Melbourne on 26 June 2011.  More information and registration details.

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.

The Police Liaison Office role - who, how and why? Merv Trease tells all

Merv TreaseThe Behind The Log editor put some questions to Merv Trease, Police Liaison Officer in Bush Search and Rescue.

Search for missing boy resolved near Ballarat

Bush Search and Rescue were called out for a search for a child missing in the bush near Ballarat, departing Melbourne 07:30 on Saturday 19 March 2011. The boy was found safe and well by searchers at 08:30 before our searchers arrived.

Interested in increasing your radio knowledge? Become a radio amateur

Amateur Radio Victoria, via Robert Bloomfield (a WIA trainer/assessor) at the Eastern & Mountain District Radio Club Inc, is offering Bush Search and Rescue members free training to become a Foundation class Radio Amateur.

This would significantly increase your radio skills and allow access to the wide world of amateur radio.  Efficient use of radios is an important part of searching.

Bush Search and Rescue Victoria Manual now online

Sections of the Bush Search and Rescue Victoria Manual are now available online.  We are working on providing all our manual content online, and a PDF version can be downloaded too.  This is an important resource for Bush Search and Rescue Victoria, and is also used as a reference by other groups and organisations.

Bill Bewsher

Bill Bewsher took on the role of founding Convener in 1949 of the Search and Rescue Section of the Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs, which was later to become Bush Search and Rescue Victoria.  Bill was Convener from 1949 to 1956 and again for a year in 1958-1959.


Bill Bewsher 50th

Bill Bewsher at the BSAR 50th Anniversary Dinner. Photo: BSAR Collection

Stuart Brookes OAM

Stuart Brookes is a keen bushwalker who has contributed much to recreational bushwalking, including long service with Bush Search and Rescue, in Victoria.

Stuart has produced maps of Victoria’s Alpine Area and other popular bushwalking destinations from the late 1940s to the current day.  These maps are regularly updated and provide reliable and detailed information tailored to the needs of bushwalkers.

Stuart was director of Initial Training with the Bushwalking and Mountaincraft Leadership course from 1973 - 77 and chairman of the Bushwalking and Mountaincraft Training Advisory Board 1982 - 85. 

Rik Head awarded Emergency Services Medal

Rik Head, a long serving Bush Search and Rescue member and Field Organiser, was awarded the Emergency Service Medal for a lifetime commitment to search, rescue and safety in the bush and mountains on Australia Day, 26 January 2011.

As a Field Organiser in Bush Search and Rescue Victoria, Rik has been instrumental in implementing and improving many search, management and training methods and systems including the innovative use of technology.

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