KISAR will hold its general membership meeting at 7:00 PM at Bayside fire hall this Thursday, Feb 21. The meeting will be very short.
Following the meeting John Sikes will walk us through what to expect from the training on this coming Saturday (Feb 23). The plan for Saturday is to rig a high line lowering system to help a litter negotiate a complex cliff face. Skills will include rigging a high line, a lower system with a main and modified belay line, and rigging a litter with an attendant. These concepts will be illustrated on the white board in the fire hall on Thursday evening. We will also continue to practice clear communication between members on the rope system. All members are encouraged to attend both the orientation on Thursday evening as well as the field practical on Saturday.
KISAR will have its January general meeting at Bayside Fire Hall at 7 PM on Thursday, Jan 17. One of the items on the agenda will be officer elections.
Following the general membership meeting Philip will present a primer on avalanche transceiver use that will lay the groundwork for the scheduled outdoor avalanche rescue training on Saturday, Jan 19.
We had a great wilderness first aid refresher course. Over two days we learned more about patient assessments focusing on start to finish details. We also covered patient packaging and how to safely transport patients.
Joint training with the USCG was canceled due to operations the hilo crew had overnight. Instead a scenario was set up where KISAR received a call from a hiker who was injured in the Fort Ambercrombie State park. Members were split into two groups and had to locate the subject, asses his condition, and extract him from the park.
KISAR members Participated in an Orienteering and area search training at Termination Point. The training focused on using a combination GPS and map/compass to navigate to points of interest, practicing critical separation searches for clues, and in-field team management.
Orienteering and search navigation training will be led by Philip at Termination point Saturday Sept 15th. Meet at Bayside firehall at 9:00am. Duration 5-6hrs.
Members will navigate a course set out using a combination of GPS and maps. Members will also practice search tactics/clue finding.
John Sikes led KISAR members through high angle lowering and raising of a litter. Members set up a main line and a belay line, packaged Dicky in the litter and lowered him with an attendant. Then members set up a 5 to 1 system for raising the litter back up. Focus was on new techniques John had learned and team communication during an event.