KISAR members boarding a Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter during recent familiarization training.

KISAR general meetings occur on the 3rd Thursday of each month, changes will be sent via e-mail.

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January 19th:

Avalanche rescue and transceiver training (weather permitting). A presentation at the KISAR meeting January 17th will cover how avalanche transceivers work, basics of avalanche scene assessment, initiating a rescue using signal search, coarse search, and fine search, followed by probing technique. It is strongly recommended to show up to the presentation if you plan on attending the training. Saturday’s training will cover more topics in depth including shoveling strategies and multiple burial scenarios.

December 8th -9th:

Joe Stock from Alaska Guides Collective will be doing avalanche training. There will be an indoor lecture as well as beacon/shovel/probe technique, safe snow travel, and light rope rigging for rescue. Dec 6th Joe will host a lecture designed as an introduction to basic snow awareness emphasizing avalanche danger open to the public.

November 17th:

Weather permitting outdoor mock rescue focusing on search tactics and patient assessment.

October 27th-28th:

Deb Ajango will do a wilderness first aid refresher for KISAR members.

Sept 29th: (update)

Coordinated Training with USCG. Members will meet at the USCG Base gate at 8:45am (car pool if you can). At 10:00am members will fly to high alpine and begin simulated search. Once the subject has been found members will call for a USCG helo pickup and practice working with flight crew to evacuate the subject. Optional overnight stay at KISAR hut. Bring 24hr packs (even if you do not plan on staying the night) and all appropriate gear.

Sept 27th:

Static H60 Orientation at Air Station Kodiak

Sept 15th (weather dependent):

Orienteering /Search Navigation at Termination Point w/Phillip T

August 16th:

Board meeting will start at 6:30pm and the general membership meeting at 7:00pm at Bayside fire hall.

August 18th (tentative):

John Sikes will lead a ropes session. He recently completed a rigging for rescue intensive course and will be sharing what he learned.

July 21-22 Training exercise:

This will be an overnight exercise with full 24hr ready packs. Objectives include team building, gear assessment/usage, and traveling under load as a group.

Thursday July 19th 7:00pm:

KISAR meeting at Bayside fire hall. Will feature a bear safety discussion by John Cry (ADF&G). All members are encouraged to attend, and non-members interested in Search and rescue are welcome.

Sat May 19th 2018 9am:

Meet at Bayside Fire Station at 9am, be prepared to go to Pillar for training if weather permits.

Jun 23rd-24th 2018:

KISAR will be hosting Wilderness First Aid training. There are a limited number of open slots for members of the public and will cost $150 each. Please contact KISAR if you are interested in participating in this training.