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.


2017 Incidents

Callouts responded too by our volunteers this year.

(2016 total = 37)

Total Incidents


  • Kayaker trapped by partially submerged tree
    Kayaker trapped by partially submerged tree CALLOUT 31 / 2017 - 10:05  7th DECEMBER 2017 Just after 10 am this morning, the team were called to assist at an incident where a kayaker had been reported as trapped under a tree whilst paddling in the Upper…
    Written on Thursday, 07 December 2017 18:08
  • Greator Rocks evacuation with Devon Air Ambulance
    Greator Rocks evacuation with Devon Air Ambulance CALLOUT 30 / 2017 - 13:10  26th NOVEMBER 2017 The team were called out earlier today to assist the South Western Ambulance Trust with the evacuation of 2 reported casualties near the Houndtor Medieval Village. Members began to arrive at…
    Written on Monday, 27 November 2017 20:45
  • Search for teenager in Lustleigh
    Search for teenager in Lustleigh CALLOUT 29 / 2017 - 01:36  1ST NOVEMBER 2017 Devon and Cornwall Police raised a callout request to the team at 01:36 alongside other agencies including an NPAS (National Police Air Service) helicopter early on Wednesday morning. A teenager had…
    Written on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 12:50


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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.
Andrew Luscombe
Andrew LuscombeEquipment Officer
I am currently the team’s Vehicle Officer and Equipment Officer. My role is to ensure that all our vehicles are roadworthy and the kit within them is operational and up to date with a full checklist being completed weekly.


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We have a range of merchandise available and lots more information on how you can help DSRT Ashburton.


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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