KISAR meeting March 19 canceled

As a volunteer public service organization dedicated to protecting the safety, health, and welfare of our island community, it is doubly incumbent on us to exercise the utmost caution and best practices in these (and all) circumstances. The Kodiak Island Borough’s Coronavirus mitigation plan has closed some nonessential public buildings, and Chief Rue has closed the Bayside Fire Hall’s training space until further notice. With this in mind, KISAR is suspending general membership meetings and will evaluate outdoor training opportunities on a case by case basis.
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KISAR meeting February 20

KISAR will hold its general membership meeting Thursday February 20 at 7 PM at Bayside Fire Hall.

Following the general membership meeting (~7:30 PM) Chris Bruno will present a slideshow and lecture on avalanche awareness including snowpack, weather, terrain, and human factors.

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KISAR and USCG Avalanche Training

KISAR has been proud to work with the USCG Air Station Kodiak for years to extend their reach and effectiveness in non-maritime SAR cases. As part of an ongoing training coordination effort, KISAR is offering avalanche awareness, snowpack assessment, and avalanche rescue training to pilots and rescue swimmers. The first phase was a 3-hour seminar at Hangar 3 to demonstrate the theory and use of avalanche transceivers in an avalanche rescue scenario.

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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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Flagging the course following flux lines in towards a transceiver:

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Explaining and demonstrating a single-rescuer, single-burial scenario:

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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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