Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 2013 Update

This fall the Big Sky Search and Rescue team has continued to work on their skills while responding calls for rescues of injured people in the back-country. In September the Big Sky team held a joint training with the Gallatin Valley Search and Rescue team at Ousel Falls. The training focused on Kootenay Highline rescues which would be called into play should an injured party be located in a canyon and the most effective and efficient method of extraction would be up rather than down the canyon.

Ousel Falls Highline Training (BSSAR/GVSAR) from Chris Ebeling on Vimeo.

Over 25 people participated in the day long training where highline skills, communications, teamwork and problem solving were all enhanced. Teamwork, commitment and skill competency is what makes Big Sky Search and Rescue so powerful in their endeavors. In addition to the Kootenay highline training in September,
the Big Sky team held training on patient assessment; wound and hypothermia management and back-boarding. In October, the team held a rescue exercise for a injured person in the Kirchner Park area. This was a late night exercise where all the equipment was utilized, including navigation via GPS; Teton litter; suck sack; medical gear and lots of sweat. These types of exercises are quite valuable to ensure the Big Sky team is familiar with the equipment and prepared to use it in any situation.

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