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2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training at The Razorback

We held our Steep Snow and Ice training this year amidst spectacular scenery on The Razorback on 5 to 7 September 2014.  

 

The training covered roping up, travelling roped, using a z-pulley with the new MPD, avalanche rescue using transceivers, shovels and probes, climbing with ice axe and crampons, low angle haul of the sked and some skiing and snow shoeing.  Twenty 23 members attended.

We had a wonderful view of the sunset from our camp near Diamantina Hut.

We thank Victoria Police Search and Rescue and Transport Branch and Mount Hotham Resort Management for their support of this training event.

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

The Razorback and Mt Feathertop

 

Peter Briggs AO

Peter Briggs AO is a BSAR Field Organiser and a retired Rear Admiral.  Peter Briggs is leading a team of Australians on a mission to preserve the WW1 submarine AE2 as part of the Silent Anzac Project.

Peter Briggs BSAR Field Organiser

BSAR Field Organiser Peter Briggs on a different type of search - for submarine AE2

Peter Briggs

BSAR Field Organiser and Retired Rear Admiral Peter Briggs is leading a team of Australians on a different type of search - a mission to preserve the WW1 submarine AE2 as part of the Silent Anzac Project.

Peter previously led a dive survey in October 2007 that found the 99-year-old submarine to be in "remarkably good shape".
 
HMAS Ae2 submarine
HMAS AE2 in Sydney, circa 1914. Source: Australian War Memorial
 
The well-preserved submarine was sunk by Ottoman gunfire off the Turkish coast in 1915.  HMAS AE2 was an E-class submarine of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and was the first Allied submarine to penetrate the Dardanelles strait in a bid to secure the Gallipoli Peninsula.
 

Behind the Log BSAR newletter May 2014 edition out now

The May 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:
  • South Viking Call-out, 23 March 2014
  • Welcome to New BSAR Members
  • BSAR Training Weekend, 3-4 May 2014
  • BSAR 2013-14 Annual Report
  • Preliminary Training Advice Steep Snow and Ice

Training Weekend in Korweinguboora, May 2014

Forty-six BSAR members and potential members took part in BSAR’s annual training weekend held last May at Korweinguboora on the edge of the Wombat Forest.  12 clubs were represented plus a good number of BWV individual members.
 
The footy pavilion in the recreation reserve at Korweinguboora on the Ballan Daylesford road was an excellent base for the weekend, especially given the cool and showery conditions; “typical search weather”.  Members had arrived at Green St Northcote early Saturday morning as they would for a search callout, and on arrival at the “command post” at Korweinguboora immediately prepared for a search in the nearby Wombat State Forest. Given the numbers, three search exercises were conducted simultaneously, each incorporating feature search, line search, patient management and a stretcher carry evacuation.
 
 

BSAR call-out to South Viking missing hiker

Saturday 22/03/2014 4pm. Bush Seach and Rescue was called out for a 4am departure from Melbourne to assist Police Search and Rescue searching for a missing person in the South Viking region of the Alpine National Park.  

Sunday 23/3 1.01pm. Missing woman located by the police helicopter at 10:00am on Sunday and winched to safety.

BSAR team at search conclusion
BSAR team at search conclusion

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David Reid awarded OAM for services to bushwalking

 

David Reid OAM

David Reid, Past President and Board Member of Bushwalking Victoria, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2014 Australia Day honours for services to bushwalking.

This award is recognition of many years of dedicated advocacy and service on behalf of all bushwalkers.

David was also President of Bushwalking Australia from 2010 to 2012 and supported the formation of the organisation in 2006.   David was a strong supporter of Bush Search and Rescue Victoria.
 

 

ICE your mobile phone for emergencies

Here is a simple informal protocol you can use with your mobile phone or tablet to assist communication with your next of kin during an emergency situation.

If you are in an emergency situation and not conscious, first responders may access your mobile phone.

If your phone is unlocked, they may check its address list for an "ICE" contact to get information about you and who they should contact.

VicEmergency - emergency warnings for fire, flood, storms, power outages and other incidents

VicEmergency is a single all-emergencies website for Victorians.
 
VicEmergency is Victoria's primary website for emergency warnings for fire and flood and provides a single source of information and advice to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.
 
The site has a real-time Google Map display with emergency events including fires, floods, storms, power outages, hazardous material incidents and traffic incidents. It also includes important planning and recovery information on fire and flood.
 
VicEmergency website for Victorian emergency information
 
 

ResQLink Personal Locator Beacons

ACR ResQLink PLBs are the smallest PLB available, weighing in at only 130 gm.

These 406 MHz beacons enable search organisations to pinpoint a person in distress to within 100 metres.

ResQLink PLB

ReqQLink PLB

 

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