Jul 16 2014

Do you have some time on your hands?

Are you retired, semi-retired or just have some time on your hands and looking to help out a charity in the local area? Then we have the opportunity for you.


Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team (Ashburton) are looking for a well organised and motivated volunteer to head up its “Supporters Club”. A successful candidate should have good communication skills; be competent in self time-management and the tasking of others; be comfortable around computers and able to utilise email and word-processing applications. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/supporterschair/

Jun 22 2014

Dartmoor Classic prize draw winners announced

Its been another fabulous day at the Classic with our volunteers working hard at the Feedstation at Princetown and working with the organisers within the Silver Control cell.
The Princetown feedstation on the 2014  Dartmoor Classic Cycling Sportive. A fabulous sunny day

The legendary cyclist Colin Lewis very kindly made the draw in our prize raffle and the results are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/dartmoorclassicprizedraw2014/

Apr 01 2014

Snakebites, burns, hypothermia and broken legs

Thanks to Lucy Atkins and Fi Darby – Westlands School Torquay, Outdoor Education Team who have kindly written a guest post for our blog on their recent casualty experience, along with some of their Ten Tors youngsters, during a search and rescue exercise at our team training weekend.

Sian Lyden, a pupil at Westland School Torquay takes a ride in our stretcher as part of a training wekeend search and rescue scenario
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Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/trainingwkend-032014/

Feb 15 2014

When the rescued become rescuers

Rope team member controls the stretcher on steep groundCatherine, one of our current trainees, talks about the motivation behind her joining the team.

My motivation for joining the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team at Ashburton was directly as a result of having been on the receiving end of their professionalism and dedication, when they hauled my daughter out of the Dart gorge up very steep ground, whereas the NHS and Search & Rescue helicopters had both been unable to safely reach her.  Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/blog-20140214/

Jan 24 2014

Missing walker, Avon Dam with no torch, map & compass.

2nd Callout of the day

Map of Huntingdon Warren showing Heap of Sinners cairnThe second full team callout of the day was issued at 18:25 to search for a female walker who had gone for a walk around the Avon Dam Reservoir on the south moor earlier in the day and become lost.

Our mobile Control Vehicle and team members rendezvoused at Cross Furzes on the Abbots Way and were briefed on the search and individual teams sent out to comb areas where the missing walker was thought likely to be.  Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/callout-20140124a/

Sep 03 2013

Difficult rescue in the Upper Dart Gorge

Lower Leg injury in difficult terrain.

landrover side viewAt 18:00 this evening we were called to assist the Westcountry Ambulance Service with the rescue of a young female casualty who had sustained a knee injury in the Upper Dart Gorge between Dartmeet and Newbridge on Dartmeet.

Access into the gorge is difficult as it is steep sided and thick with gorse and ferns. Progress can be made along the river from both Newbridge and Dartmeet, although it is slow and difficult as slippery and narrow in places, and ill advised when the river level is high. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/callout-20130903/