HELO Training Video

KISAR board member Philip Tschersich put together this video of our training day with the USCG.

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Coast Guard Helo training

This weekend we partnered up with US Coast Guard to do some Helicopter training in the mountains around Kodiak. Purpose of this training was to get more familiarized with operating with the Cost Guard in a winter environment. KISAR spent the day practicing ingress/egress into helicopter while under power in a mountain landing scenario.  Members also practiced being raised and lowered  from helicopter in the rescue basket.  Thanks to the the US Coast Guard for their partnership and including us in there training.

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USCG HH-60 Jayhawk on Pyramid Mountain

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Basket training on USCG HH-65 Dolphin

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KISAR member practicing egress from helo on pyramid

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KISAR training with Alaska Avalanche school

KISAR members took part in a two day training with the Alaska Avalanche School this past weekend.  Over the two days members worked on improving there high/low angle rope skills.

KISAR members working on raise and lower systems for high angle rescues

KISAR members working on raise and lower systems for high angle rescues

KISAR members doing high angle rope rescues

KISAR members doing high angle rope rescues

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KISAR Training with USCG

KISAR members training with USCG on helicopter operations and procedures

KISAR members training with USCG on helicopter operations and procedures

KISAR members rappelling off of Fourth of July peak.

KISAR members rappelling off of Fourth of July peak.

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Performing an Avalanche Beacon Search

Kodiak Search & Rescue is sponsoring an
Alaska Avalanche School Awareness and Rescue class.

Thursday December 12. 7pm At the Kodiak Refuge Visitors center.

There is no cost, and the presentation is open to the public.

This is a great class for everyone, from the novice to experienced back country traveler.
It is also an opportunity to ask questions and tune up your skills.
Topics covered will include;
* Safe travel skills in avalanche terrain
*Recognition of avalanche terrain
* How snow pack stability, terrain, weather and you as the avalanche trigger contribute to avalanche occurrence.
* Actions to take as a survivor and rescuer.

Each year more experienced people get caught in slides! Why? Enthusiasm ! Simple mistakes! If you have questions about this class or KISAR contact Steve at 539-2299.

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Wilderness Patient Assessment

With our Custom Wilderness First Aid class coming up, this month, it would be good to review the basics of patient assessment.

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KISAR Involved in Akhiok Search

Search ends for missing Akhiok man

Published: November 1, 2013 The Associated Press

KODIAK, Alaska — Volunteers and emergency responders have ended their search for a missing 20-year-old man from Akhiok (AH’-kee-ahk) on Kodiak Island.

Brandon Phillips on Oct. 26 left the village 150 miles southwest of the city of Kodiak on an all-terrain vehicle and said he was going to hike. He was reported missing that night.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters tells the Kodiak Daily Mirror that as many as 30 people searched for Phillips after the Coast Guard conducted weekend searches from the air with an infrared camera.

Searchers found Phillips’ ATV, two backpacks and a kayak.

They also found an oar floating in nearby water.

Troopers say Phillips may have fallen out of the kayak and died of hypothermia.

Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily MirrorImage

 

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KISAR Adds CERT Role to Duties

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At the request of local emergency agencies, KISAR board members voted to register as a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This will be a parallel organization to our main search group. KISAR members will now be available to provide assistance in local disaster response events. This role fits well, as KISAR has been a member of Bayside Fire Department’s “Fire Corps” for the last two years.
More information regarding our CERT team can be see on the DHS provided website.

KISAR members should complete the 80 minute Online CERT course (IS317), in preparation for the in-person class to be held early next year.

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KISAR Participates at 2013 Base Kodiak Welcome Aboard

KISAR Participates at 2013 Base Kodiak Welcome Aboard

KISAR members were on-hand to provide information about prevention and response to lost children incidents. (photo courtesy USCG Public Affairs)

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June 2013 General Meeting

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Our June meeting on Thursday, June 20, will be helicopter training at the USCG Air Station. We will be familiarizing ourselves with the Coast Guard Helicopters for future trainings and missions.
If you have any questions please contact a KISAR board member or email KISAR1986(AT)gmail(dot)com.
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