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


  • Mountain rescuers involved in search in Exeter
    Mountain rescuers involved in search in Exeter CALLOUT 10 / 2018 - 18:31  14th JANUARY 2018 Photo: Devonlive The team were deployed searching open areas and watercourses in Exeter yesterday evening searching for a 50 year old vulnerable male.  Working alongside colleagues from North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team and Devon…
    Written on Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:45
  • Haldon Hill snow major incident deployment
    Haldon Hill snow major incident deployment Callouts 7, 8 and 9 of 2018. CALLOUT 07 / 2018 - 28th February - 3rd March 2018 'Storm Emma' and the 'Beast from the East' weather events caused a Metoffice Red Warning to be issued for a majority of the…
    Written on Saturday, 03 March 2018 15:55
  • Body of missing male found in search
    Body of missing male found in search CALLOUT 06 / 2018 - 12:24  15th FEBRUARY 2018 At lunchtime today our team, backed by our colleagues at North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, were called out to assist Devon & Cornwall Police with a missing person search at Longdown on the outskirts…
    Written on Thursday, 15 February 2018 20:46


  • Prepared for a severe weather event on Haldon Hill
    Prepared for a severe weather event on Haldon Hill Following 2 high profile severe weather events on the A38 and A380 at Haldon and Telegraph Hills in 2009 and 2010, (the latter event involved…
    Written on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:24
  • Ivybridge bowlers raise funds for rescuers.
    Ivybridge bowlers raise funds for rescuers. Ivybridge Short Mat Bowls Tournament raises £800 for search and rescue charity The Ivybridge Short Mat Bowls Club held its annual charity tournament on Saturday…
    Written on Monday, 26 February 2018 17:12
  • River Dart training in casualty recovery
    River Dart training in casualty recovery Every week, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers train to make sure they are fully prepared for any incident that they are called to by…
    Written on Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:02

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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