Training on Three Sisters: A mock call out for a missing person last seen at the ITN trail head. After a briefing members were split into three teams each taking a different rout to the middle sister. Teams then camped in the north bowl with foggy damp conditions. In the morning teams swept the area practicing critical separation using GPS and paper maps for clues that had been placed. Once all clues had been found teams hiked out.
Meeting at Bayside firehall at 7:00pm
John Cry (a biologist with ADF&G) will give a bear safety talk with emphasis on back country and camping awareness.
Dicky will detail the July 21-22 planned overnight exercises.
All members are encouraged to attend, non-members who are interested in search and rescue are welcome.
A great class with Deb Ajango! Two days of learning how to deal with emergencies in the field, and how to recognize if it’s a “BIG” deal or a “little” deal.
Learning to clean and bandage cuts
Have to get those cuts clean!
How to improvise a forearm splint.
Upcoming training for July and August slots are going to be an overnight full gear camping trip and a simulated rescue.
The overnight will consist of a hike to the camp site with a full 24hr pack. Objectives include: navigating, testing members overnight gear, team building, and skills assessment of members.
The simulated rescue will include a search for the “KISAR Dummy”, patient assessment, packaging, and retrieval. The training officer will give initial incident briefing to searchers, and supply updates for the situation as the training plays out.
The training officer will work on finding dates that work for most members.
KISAR is hosting a wilderness first aid class June 23rd and 24th. This is a 20hr class with hands on learning from professional instructor Deb Ajango. There are a limited number of slots available for members of the public @ $150, on a first come first serve basis.
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