KISAR board member Philip Tschersich put together this video of our training day with the USCG.
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.
USCG HH-60 Jayhawk on Pyramid Mountain
Basket training on USCG HH-65 Dolphin
KISAR member practicing egress from helo on pyramid
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 doing high angle rope rescues
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.
With our Custom Wilderness First Aid class coming up, this month, it would be good to review the basics of patient assessment.
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.
KISAR members were on-hand to provide information about prevention and response to lost children incidents. (photo courtesy USCG Public Affairs)