January Avalanche Training

KISAR will hold a general membership training on Saturday January 18 covering avalanche transceiver use and avalanche rescue. We will meet at 9:30 AM at Bayside Fire Hall to go over gear and possible training scenarios. The training itself will then likely happen at the golf course in the Buskin Valley. Other topics to be covered are probing and effective shoveling techniques. Required equipment will be a transceiver, probe, and shovel, plus whatever clothing is needed for the weather on Saturday.

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KISAR meeting January 16

KISAR will hold its general membership meeting Thursday January 16 at 7 PM at Bayside Fire Hall.

Following the general membership meeting (7:30 PM) Philip will present a slideshow and lecture on avalanche transceiver theory and use that will lay the groundwork for the scheduled outdoor avalanche transceiver training on Saturday, Jan 18.

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December Rope Training

KISAR will conduct a general membership rope training on Saturday, December 7. We will meet at Bayside Fire Hall at 9 am for some classroom activities and then, weather permitting, will do some field exercises outside around noon. If the weather does not allow for productive outdoor work we may practice rigging systems in the engine bays instead. A full agenda including recommended gear is available as a pdf: Technical Rope Rescue Training Agenda.

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No November meeting

KISAR will not be holding a membership meeting for the month of November. Everyone have a great Thanksgiving!

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KISAR Training November 16

KISAR will hold a training on Saturday, November 16. We will meet at Bayside Fire Hall at 9 AM for a briefing before proceeding to the end of Monashka Bay Road at White Sands Beach for an orienteering and small-team search training at Termination Point.

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KISAR Meeting September 19

KISAR will hold its general membership meeting Thursday September 19 at 7 PM at Bayside Fire Hall.

After the meeting we will go over the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) mobile phone app for search and rescue field operations. This app is a very handy step-by-step guide for most SAR operational steps. We will focus on the Initial Actions section which covers the first 12 hours of a SAR case which is also the subject of Paul Anderson’s Initial Response Incident Commander (IRIC) training. The app costs $2 to download. NASAR¬†Search & Rescue Operations Field Guide

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August Climbing Training

For KISAR’s August training, a number of members headed out to Anton Larsen Bay to rock climb on a granite wall. It required a short boat ride and was mostly meant to be a fun outing but also teach basic top-roping and belay techniques. Beautiful weather and a scenic area made for a fun and productive outing.

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KISAR Meeting August 15

KISAR will hold its monthly general membership meeting this Thursday August 15 at 7:00 pm at Bayside Fire Hall. The Kodiak Deputy Fire Chief , Frank Dorner, will go over both arm and leg vacuum splints that have been added to the KISAR cache.

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KISAR Meeting July 18

KISAR will hold its monthly general membership meeting this Thursday July 18 at 7:00 pm at Bayside Fire Hall. After the meeting Philip T will talk about light-weight camping gear and a proposed backpacking route from Sharatin Mountain to Heitman Mountain which will include multiple route variations, suggested campsites, and bail options.
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July IRIC Training

For July’s training, KISAR is extremely pleased to have Paul Anderson return to Kodiak to teach a course in Initial Response Incident Commander topics of search and rescue. Paul has visited Kodiak to teach search theory and practicals for KISAR before and is always extremely informative, and he literally ‘wrote the book’ on IRIC. The dates will be July 5-7. Contact Steve for more info at 907-539-2299.

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