BSAR annual training at JB Plain 15-17 July 2016

BSAR 2016 JB Plain training
The Bush Search and Rescue Annual Training weekend was held on 15-17 July 2016 at JB Plain near Mt Hotham.  61 BSAR members and prospective members attended.

The weekend provided BSAR members and other interested experienced bushwalkers with training in skills for bush and alpine search and rescue. The program included exercises on first aid, treating hypothermia, using Bothy shelters, building survival shelters, evacuating a patient using Sked stretchers, radio use, navigation and night searching.

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2015 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training

2015 BSAR Alpine Training Mt Hotham

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.  

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BSAR Training Weekend – Fryers Ranges 20-21 June 2015

2015 BSAR Training Fryerstown
The BSAR Annual Training weekend was held on 20-21 June in the Fryers Ranges near Castlemaine.  Over 90 people participated, including 40 people interested in joining BSAR.  It was great to meet many people who will form the next generation of BSAR searchers. 
Two buses were provided by Police Transport Branch to transport the large number of participants. 
The weekend provided BSAR members and experienced bushwalkers interested in joining BSAR with training in skills for bush search and rescue.  The program was active and hands-on for all participants and included:
  • Saturday 20/6: Workshops, search exercises, night searching
  • Sunday 21/6: Participation in a Victorian Rogaining Association (VRA) 6 hour Rogaine.

BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training at The Razorback, September 2014

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on 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.

Training organisers: Eric Krista, Peter Campbell 

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback
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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.
  

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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.
 

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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.

Training weekend near Eldorado, October 2012

Sixty participants took part in BSAR’s annual training weekend held on 27-28 October 2012 in the Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park near Eldorado in north east Victoria.  In stark contrast to last year’s training in the Wombat Forest, we enjoyed marvellous spring weather.  Fifteen BWV Clubs were represented, plus a number of BWV individual members.  It was especially pleasing to welcome 22 prospective members, many from the Melbourne, Monash and RMIT Universities, on their first BSAR training event.

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