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.
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.
Flagging the course following flux lines in towards a transceiver:
Explaining and demonstrating a single-rescuer, single-burial scenario:
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.
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.
KISAR will not be holding a membership meeting for the month of November. Everyone have a great Thanksgiving!
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.
KISAR will hold its monthly general membership meeting this Thursday August 15 at 7:00 pm at Bayside Fire Hall. The Kodiak Deputy Fire Chief , Frank Dorner, will go over both arm and leg vacuum splints that have been added to the KISAR cache.
KISAR will hold its monthly general membership meeting this Thursday July 18 at 7:00 pm at Bayside Fire Hall. After the meeting Philip T will talk about light-weight camping gear and a proposed backpacking route from Sharatin Mountain to Heitman Mountain which will include multiple route variations, suggested campsites, and bail options.