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.
This Thursday there will be a board meeting at 6:30pm and a general membership meeting at 7:00pm at Bayside fire hall.
John Sikes recently completed an intensive rigging for rescue class and will be sharing what he learned this month. Keep an eye on the calendar and your emails so you don’t miss this training.
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.