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Behind the Log BSAR newsletter November 2015 edition

The November 2015 edition of Behind the Log, Bush Search and Rescue's newsletter, can be downloaded [here] (PDF).

Articles include:
  • Rescue on Mt Bogong, 12 August 2015
  • Mt Erica search, 26 August 2015
  • Change to call-out responses
  • Call-out for missing bushwalker on Mt Burrowa, 6 October 2015
  • Steep Snow and Ice Training– a participant’s report
  • BSAR members involved in the Kangaroo Hoppet

Behind The Log Nov 2015

 

Mt Burrowa search locates missing bushwalker

Fifteen BSAR searchers travelled to Corryong on Tuesday 6 October to participate in the search for a missing bushwalker in the vicinity of Mt Burrowa in the Burrowa-Pine National Park.  

The missing person was spotted by helicopter just as we arrived in Corryong.  

Over 100 people were involved in the search including Police, Parks Victoria, DEWLP and State Emergency Service and BSAR crews.

2015 BSAR Mt Burrowa search

Missing woman located on Mt Erica on 26 Aug 2015

 

5 BSAR attended as search for a missing woman on Mt Erica who was located on 26 August. 25 more were ready to assist but were not deployed as the woman was found.

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Mount Bogong rescue of injured skier 12 Aug 2015

BSAR members participated in the rescue of an injured skier on Mt Bogong on 12 August 2015 in overcast weather and snow showers following a local call-out by Mt Beauty Police.  The rescue involved a stretcher haul from Tadgell Point then down Eskdale Spur to Michel Hut under the supervision of Police SAR.

2015-08-12 Bogong Rescue

2015 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training

BSAR's 2015 alpine training consisted of:

A Dryland Training Day on Sunday 19 July 2015 at Police SAR in Williamstown.  Topics covered included steep snow and ice terrain awareness, roping up, stretcher setup and hauling and avalanche transceiver theory and practice

A Steep Snow and Ice training weekend at JB Plain on 24 - 26 July 2015.  Exercises over the two days included self-arresting, setting up snow belays and a z-pulley haul using an MPD (which replaces a Jumar, pulley and abseil device used in the previous setup),  rescues using avalanche transceivers and probing followed by digging out a simulated buried patient. A simulated search was also conducted near JB Plain.  The simulated lost person was found and evacuated using a sked to haul them back to the camping site.

The weather was poor, snowing at times with occasional strong wind gusts.  
 
2015 BSAR Alpine Training Mt Hotham
 

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

Missing woman at Mount William found

A female bushwalker with overnight gear was reported missing Sunday 16 January 2005 near Mt William in the Grampians. She had separated from her companion to do a “short walk” on the Major Mitchell Plateau and failed to meet up at the agreed rendezvous point.  

2005 BSAR Mt William Search - Group photo.jpg

Injured skier rescued from Mt Bogong

On Tuesday 2nd September 2014 a local call-out was issued for a carry-out of an injured person from Eskdale Spur. Two BSAR members in the North East joined a team of Police, SES, a ski patroller and a paramedic to evacuate the person down the Eskdale Spur track from Michell hut.  
 
Mount Bogong stretcher evacuation

Search at Gormandale - Missing boy found

31 May 2009

BSAR attended the search for  a young boy at Gormandale on the weekend. Gormandale is south of Traralgon. The 3 year old went missing late on Saturday afternoon. Overnight, the Police, SES and CFA volunteers searched for the boy.

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