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About kisar1986

Kodiak Island Search & Rescue (KISAR) is a non-profit organization whose objectives are exclusively charitable, scientific or educational. Specifically, our purposes are: To furnish highly trained volunteers and dog teams for search and rescue for the benefit and welfare of the community To organize and support the continuing education and training of volunteers, dog teams and support personnel in accepted search and rescue methods. To increase public awareness of search and rescue trained volunteers and dog teams and provide informational and educational programs and demonstrations to institutions, agencies and community organizations.

KISAR December Training

We are partnering with the Kodiak USCG Air Station for our December training. KISAR members will receive a lecture on Air Station operations, helo safety and operations inside and out, how KISAR is likely to interact with the aircraft, personnel … Continue reading

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KISAR November Training

For our November training we had hoped to bring Deb Ajango of Safety Ed down to Kodiak to do a Wilderness First Aid refresher class, but unfortunately some wires got crossed and the class fell through. As a substitute training … Continue reading

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KISAR July Training

We plan on doing an orienteering, area search, small hasty team, and radio comms training on Saturday July 23 at Termination Point. Depending on the number of participants, we will break into as many as 3 groups. The routes, polygons, … Continue reading

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KISAR and the May Monashka area search

This is a brief post to offer some insights into KISAR’s participation in the recent search for Sawyer Cipolla, the 7-year-old boy who disappeared from the residential area at the bottom of Three Sisters Way on May 7. There was … Continue reading

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March Avalanche Level 1

For KISAR’s March training, we partnered with the USCG and the Alaska Avalanche School to bring 3 instructors to Kodiak to conduct a Level 1 avalanche class. In order to encourage the widest range of participation, the 18 students were … Continue reading

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January IRIC Training

KISAR is planning an Incident Response Incident Commander (IRIC) course as our January training. The dates will be January 22nd and 29th. This is a basic search management course for those who are tasked with the initial management of a search.  … Continue reading

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December WFA Training

For KISAR’s December training we brought Deb Ajango of Safety Ed to Kodiak for an intensive weekend Wilderness First Aid course. Deb is an amazing instructor and we always enjoy her deep experience and compelling delivery. KISAR has developed a … Continue reading

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November meeting and training

KISAR will be holding a general membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov 17 at 7:00 PM at Bayside Fire Hall. Following the meeting we will present information regarding a Two Tensioned Rope System (TTRS) . TTRS is the technical rescue rigging … Continue reading

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KISAR March Snow Stability Training

On Saturday March 20, KISAR members climbed Pyramid Mountain to the upper Jibber Bowl and conducted snow stability tests including hand hardness assessments and conducting extended column tests (ECTs). New snow had fallen overnight and during the day but most … Continue reading

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KISAR March Meeting

We were hoping to cover safe avalanche terrain travel, avalanche awareness, and snowpack stability assessment this month. The snowpack is currently rock solid so not very interesting to do stability tests on, but we will tentatively stick to the topic … Continue reading

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