February 21 Meeting

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. 
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January avalanche rescue training

Following the general membership meeting Thursday, January 17, Philip T presented a slideshow lecture on avalanche transceiver theory and use. The following Saturday, January 19, KISAR led an on-snow field practical on avalanche beacon search techniques for locating buried victims. Topics covered were basics of avalanche scene assessment and then initiating a rescue using beacon signal search, coarse search, and fine grid search. Single and multiple burial scenarios were covered. We also practiced avalanche probing techniques and efficient shoveling strategies.


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KISAR Meeting Thursday January 17th

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.

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December Training with Joe Stock

Joe Stock from the Alaska Guide Collective in Anchorage came down to Kodiak for 4 days of avalanche and ropes training with KISAR. Joe gave a public avalanche safety and awareness seminar at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge visitor’s center on Thursday. He then spent Friday at the Kodiak High School speaking with students about avalanche safety and awareness. Over the weekend Joe led KISAR in a rope rescue rigging training first at the end of Monashka Bay Road on Saturday, and then on Pyramid Mountain on Sunday. Skills covered were avalanche transceiver use, knots and safe anchor systems, lowering a rescue litter (basket) and attendant on a main line with a secondary safety belay backup, and then raising the litter, attendant, and a patient back up the slope via a “Z hoist” with a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Similar topics were covered in inclement weather on Pyramid Mountain and also included setting snow picket anchors and equalizing them.


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November training

Members responded to a mock call out where a hiker had fallen off a cliff. A hasty team was dispatched while other members assembled gear that might be useful. After the hasty team found the patient they relayed scene information enabling the rest to bring the necessary gear to their location. A high angle lift was performed and the patient was packaged and transported to the trail head.  

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Oct wilderness first aid refresher

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.

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Sept. 29 Taining

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.

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Saturday Orienteering at Termination Point

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.

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Orienteering and Search Navigaton

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.

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Rope training with John Sikes


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.

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