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Technical notes and details on searching

SPOT tracker SOS instructions (pdf).  These notes explain the use of the police SPOT tracker to call for assistance if other communicaiton options have failed for a BSAR search group.

Line Searching instructions (pdf).  Instructions on the BSAR method for line searching. 

Probe searching technique

This technique is suitable for use in areas along tracks and roads where there is very dense bush. The theory behind the technique is that if a searcher cannot penetrate the bush beyond a certain point then neither can a lost person hence the area beyond can assumed to be searched. It was found to be very effective in the dense bush at Tanjil Bren in the recent search for 29yo Ben McFarlane who was lost in the area.

The technique for probe searching is:


If you want to report a lost person in Victoria, please call 000 and ask for Police.

How to join Bush Search and Rescue Victoria

Prerequisites for joining Bush Search and Rescue

2015 BSAR Training FryerstownAs a prospective member you need to:


This page contains links to documents for BSAR members.

Member Claims

Mount Dom Dom search

Bush Search and Rescue participated in the extensive bush search at Dom Dom Saddle in March 2008. During the last week of March BSAR joined Police, VicSES, Country Fire Authority, SAR Dogs Australia, Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water in the large-scale search for 57yo Warren Meyer who went missing from a four-hour bushwalk on the morning of Sunday 23 Mar 2008 in the Dom Dom saddle area, NE of Melbourne.

King River search December 2007

The King River search was on December 9, 2007.

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