Avalanche Training - Training Safety
Safety for all personnel during training is the first priority. At no time
should the concept of burying a live person be treated lightly.
Equal participation in burials is not required. If
someone is uncomfortable or uneasy with the idea of being buried in a
trench or snow cave, there is no problem. All personnel involved with
trainining are encouraged to dig holes, trenches or caves for training. However there
should be no requirement to do so if someone is anxious about the task.
- All persons buried as subject must have a working
avalanche transceiver and radio.
- The person who buries the subject is responsible for maintaining
contact and remaining near the burial site. Radio contact will be checked
at a ten minute intervals, maximum. This person is the site manager and
shall have a working transceiver and radio. They shall not leave the site
without turning over their duties to another person, ensuring that the new
manager has the proper equipment to talk to and locate the burial subject.
- Maximum burial time is 45 minutes. No exceptions unless there are direct
air holes to the surface for the subject.
- For burials deeper than 1 meter, two shovelers should be on site.
- Safety for the dog in a busy ski area is important. Sharp ski edges can
quickly and easily injure a dog who gets in the way of the handler or
another skier. Excellent voice and leash control is extremely important.
The dog snowplow where the dog stays behind/below the
handlerís legs is a good method of control.
- Due to the very public nature of dogs at a ski area, the dog must be
well socialized to other dogs and people. No exceptions.
Click to enlarge: Bruce standing in one of his trademark giant holes. Note that
the access hole to his cave is deeper than he is tall. (24K)
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Text and photos copyright Dan Comden, 1995-2004
Seattle, WA U.S.A.
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