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    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton

    We are a search and rescue charity of 60 volunteers on call 24/7 dedicated to assisting the emergency services with the search and rescue of the lost, missing, injured and vulnerable including those with dementia, mental health illnesses and children.

    Without volunteer search and rescue teams like us, the emergency services would not have the resources to devote to the search and rescue of missing or injured loved ones.


    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton provides a professionally trained resource on a full range of incidents, including missing person enquiries, steep ground, swiftwater rescues and flooding, across Dartmoor and the south west, and to major incidents across England and Wales

    Our highly trained team of volunteers are on call to help those in need 24/7 for any emergency.



    The search and rescue team at Ashburton relies on public support for over 92% of its income.

    Without your donation, the team would cease to be operational and the emergency services would not have enough resources to search for those in need.


    2019 Incidents

    Callouts responded too by our volunteers this year.

    2018: 37 incidents
    2017: 36 incidents 
    2016: 40 incidents

    Total Incidents
    Recent Callouts


    • Search finds body at Watcombe
      Search finds body at Watcombe Callout 14/2019 -  Watcombe Beach, Torquay,  08:49 22nd May 2019 The team were called out by Devon and Cornwall Police to assist in an on-going search for a missing male in the Watcombe area. This multi-agency search involved the National…
      Written on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 21:07
    • Vulnerble woman search in Decoy Country Park
      Vulnerble woman search in Decoy Country Park Callout 12/2019 -  Decoy Country Park, Newton Abbot,  02:20 26th April 2019 The team has been searching throughout the night for a vulnerable lady reported missing giving concern for her welfare in Newton Abbot. Park and woodland around Decoy Country…
      Written on Friday, 26 April 2019 12:00
    • Fire crews and volunteers tackle 12 separate blazes across seven miles of south Dartmoor.
      Fire crews and volunteers tackle 12 separate blazes across seven miles of south Dartmoor. Callout 11/2019 -  Ryders Hill,  13:54 24th April 2019 Fire crews and volunteers are tackling 12 separate blazes across seven miles of south Dartmoor. Photo credit: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. BBC News article: 7 team members were…
      Written on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 07:16


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    Have a look at a few of our team members. We range from search and rescue specialists to fundraisers.

    Craig Scollick
    Craig ScollickHill Party Leader
    I’m a Hill Party Leader – that means I’m one of a number of our volunteers who has gone through the Hill Party Leader training and is in charge of a team of volunteers during a callout.
    Dave Close
    Dave CloseTeam Secretary
    I’m presently the Team Secretary, tasked with ensuring a smooth flow of information both to the members within and responding to enquiries from outside. I'm also a callout member and Swift Water Rescue Technician
    Al Pewsey
    Al PewseyFundraising Officer
    Apart from a callout member I am also the team Fundraising Officer. We rely on the general public for around 92% of our funding so my main role is looking for opportunities for raising funds and liaising with our supporters who are vital to us remaining operational.
    Dr Tas Ali
    Dr Tas AliTeam Chair
    I am the Chairman of the committee that manages the business of the team. It is a huge privilege to do this for such a talented group of people. I have responsibility for the management, rather than the operational side of our work. These aspects are often intertwined, so I end up working closely with the Team Leader on most issues.


    Without our sponsors and fundraisers we wouldn't be able to help so many distressed and missing persons. We are extremely grateful for their support.

    Moorgate Vets is a fabulous supporter of our annual Templer Way Challenge
    We are very grateful to Blinkback for the amazing promotional film they've created for us
    ThinkTank Creations provide the team with graphic design, branding and logo advice and expertise. We are very grateful to them


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    Dartmoor Search & Rescue Ashburton relies on the public for around 92% of its funding each year. Please consider making a donation or arranging a fundraising event as you can make a real difference. Thank you.

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