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.


2018 Incidents

Callouts responded too by our volunteers this year.

2017 total = 32,  2016 total = 37

Total Incidents


  • Missing person found after social media appeal.
    Missing person found after social media appeal. CALLOUT 02 / 2018 - 18:20  8th JANUARY 2018 Our team of volunteers were called out at 18:20 on the 8th January to search areas around Buckfastleigh, including the deployment of our water team specialists to search the River Dart to…
    Written on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 13:16
  • Biggest search in recent years centres around Ivybridge
    Biggest search in recent years centres around Ivybridge CALLOUT 01 / 2018 - 08:00  6th JANUARY 2018 We've been part of one of the biggest searches conducted in recent years all day today looking for a missing male from Ivybridge. Multiple agencies were involved including: - Our own…
    Written on Saturday, 06 January 2018 20:15
  • Search for teenager in Otter Valley comes to a sad conclusion
    Search for teenager in Otter Valley comes to a sad conclusion CALLOUT 32 / 2017 - 09:00  16th DECEMBER 2017 Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton was called to search a number of areas in the Otter Valley between Ottery St Mary and Tipton St John for a vulnerable 15 year old male…
    Written on Saturday, 16 December 2017 15:26


  • New Year Honours recognition
    New Year Honours recognition We are delighted that one of the founding members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, Alec Collyer, received an MBE in the New Year Honours…
    Written on Tuesday, 02 January 2018 13:03
  • Team Member Interview - Dr Tas Ali
    Team Member Interview - Dr Tas Ali In this series of team member interviews, we find out more about what makes our volunteers tick. In this interview we talk to Dr. Tas Ali,…
    Written on Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:23
  • Bovey golfers raise funds for local charity
    Bovey golfers raise funds for local charity A very big thank you to Mel Winter, 2017 Ladies Captain, and all the golfers that supported her nominated charity this year at Bovey Tracey…
    Written on Friday, 01 December 2017 12:08

Support Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Ashburton


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.


dart2ZERO is here to support The Rescue Team with plenty of cheer, home baked cakes and to keep you, their supporters up to date with Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton.
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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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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