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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.

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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KISAR February Avalanche Transceiver Training

On Saturday Feb 20, KISAR members met at the Pyramid Pass parking area to conduct a field exercise with avalanche transceivers. We ran through a number of demonstrations of how modern transceivers interpret flux lines and how a buried beacon’s … Continue reading

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KISAR meeting February 18

KISAR will hold its general membership meeting Thursday February 18 at 7 PM at Bayside Fire Hall. This will be our first in-person meeting since before the spike in COVID cases in the fall. With the last official positive test … Continue reading

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KISAR December Termination Point Geocache Training

Last spring when COVID first emerged I created a geocaching course out at Termination Point for our April training as a safe way for members to do something SAR-adjacent when we could not get together for a normal training. I … Continue reading

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KISAR October Training

KISAR members met at the Pyramid Mountain parking area at 10 am and hiked up to top of Jibber Bowl at about 1500’. They assembled the SKED litter and then belayed  a simulated patient down with a harness-mounted belay device … Continue reading

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