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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.


    2018 Incidents

    Callouts responded too by our volunteers this year.

    2017 total = 32,  2016 total = 37

    Total Incidents
    Recent Callouts


    • East Devon search for missing young person
      East Devon search for missing young person Callout 32/2018 - Newton Poppleford / Tipton St John. 18:43 10th December 2018 The team were called at 18:43 to search for a high risk juvenile missing person who had been missing since the early hours in the Tipton St…
      Written on Monday, 10 December 2018 21:35
    • Search at Dartmouth following RTC
      Search at Dartmouth following RTC Callout 31/2018 - Dartmouth. 13:32 27th November 2018 CALLOUT: We were called out today at 1332 to search for a high risk missing male in the Dartmouth area, who may have been injured after a road accident. Teams deployed to…
      Written on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 08:25
    • Injured motorcyclist
      Injured motorcyclist Callout 30/2018 - Manaton. 14:37 26th November 2018 The team were called at 1437 today to assist the South Western Ambulance TrustsT with the extraction of an injured motorcyclist from a difficult to access location. Whilst the team were en…
      Written on Monday, 26 November 2018 18:09


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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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