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  • Bovey Tracey Carnival support to Dartmoor charity
    Bovey Tracey Carnival support to Dartmoor charity Wonderful support from Bovey Tracey Carnival Bovey Tracey Carnival has supported Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton as their annual charity this year. And last night team member Al collected a cheque donation for an amazing £1,000 at the carnival committee's AGM at the Dolphin Hotel in Bovey. We are incredibly grateful as our charity relies on donations for over 90% of our income. The team is made up of 100% volunteers, meaning all the money will go directly to helping us help those in need and not on salaries. Team member Al accepts the cheque from the Bovey Carnival Chairman We are not just involved with helping the lost and injured on Dartmoor but increasingly we are called to help Devon and Cornwall Police with missing person inquires across South and East Devon and, on occasions, more further afield. So whether its a lost walker or a missing vulnerable person,…
    Written on Tuesday, 05 November 2019 12:56 Be the first to comment!
  • Landrover Dart52 unpacked
    Landrover Dart52 unpacked Ever wondered about the kit we take to our call outs? Watching Masterchef and everything seems to be a deconstructed something or other, so we decided to 'deconstruct' (or unpack) our DART52 Landrover 110 ambulance. DART52's service in Mountain Rescue begun with the Scarborough and Ryedale team in Yorkshire before she came to Devon to start her service with us. This Landrover, callsign DART 52, has been christened 'Pauline' in memory of one of longest-serving members Pauline Richards who sadly passed away whilst on duty with the team at this year's Ten Tors Challenge. <- Read more ->. Pauline was well known by team members for enjoying a cigarette break outside the back of our Incident Control vehicle during callouts. Naming DART 52 after her seems particularly apt as the vehicle emits a puff of blue smoke out of its exhaust everytime it starts. It makes us smile and we…
    Written on Saturday, 05 October 2019 16:14 Be the first to comment!
  • It's not just about training and callouts
    It's not just about training and callouts More to us than training and rescues “I think it’s wonderful what you do”. Most Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) members will have heard this from members of the public and have replied with modest thanks. But what we do is, in fact, wonderful but not simply in the way that outsiders mean. To be part of the 60-strong Ashburton team is to belong to family which, precisely because it is close-knit, operates so efficiently when called upon to find “the lost, missing, injured and vulnerable”. To strut our stuff effectively involves training most Wednesday nights, more often than not out on the moor, although during the summer we also spend some evenings at Torbay’s excellent Horizon Centre where our 30 casualty carers keep their skills up to snuff. During the winter, every member is required to attend 12 training exercises and six during the summer. Most of us, especially our…
    Written on Friday, 04 October 2019 14:25 Be the first to comment!
  • More than just mountains
    More than just mountains An ordinary Saturday I’m a very ordinary dad and it was a very ordinary Saturday. As a bit of a treat my wife and I thought we’d take the kids to a local café for tea. No sooner had we sat down than there was scream then a crash from the kitchen, next moment one of the kitchen staff came out and all we heard was ‘We need an ambulance straight away - the Clipper Café, Shaldon…’. Lots of people do first aid courses and think they know about first aid. I know that until I joined Dartmoor Search and Rescue - Ashburton I really didn’t practice first aid often enough or use it frequently enough to be calm and competent when it was really needed. After joining the rescue team that all changed and there I was along with my team mates practicing and using first aid on a …
    Written on Friday, 04 October 2019 14:15 Be the first to comment!
  • The challenges of looking for the missing
    The challenges of looking for the missing The worst part of a search The worst part of any search is when the team has failed to find. Eight hours is reckoned the maximum members can search effectively before exhaustion kicks in. At some point the Search Manager in the Dart 02 control vehicle will radio RTB (Return to Base). Because each search party will have been monitoring radio traffic, it is unlikely that this instruction will mean that a missing person has been found by us. We would probably have heard. It may however mean that they have turned up somewhere else, as has happened on more than one occasion. People who rush off leaving friends and relatives to believe that they may be intent on suicide, do not always head off to known areas, classically to a high point before they seek to harm themselves. They sometimes go to friends to bemoan their troubles. Nevertheless, when…
    Written on Friday, 04 October 2019 13:57 Be the first to comment!
  • HRH Duke of Cambridge visits Devon
    HRH Duke of Cambridge visits Devon Prince William comes to Devon Team member Paula Holbrook along with North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Search Manager Dave Stoneman are waiting to speak to His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge who is visiting the firefighters charity’s Harcombe House centre in Chudleigh, Devon today on Emergency Services Day. Dartmoor Rescue volunteers waiting for HRH Prince William Harcombe House is a specialist centre for health and wellbeing support and supports many firefighters and their families throughout the year. Supporting the mental health of the emergency services Prince William is recognising the work of the Charity in supporting the UK’s fire services community, but also speaking to those who have shown an interest in supporting mental health in the Emergency Services. Paula is representing south west Mountain and Cave rescue teams including Dartmoor Rescue as the Mountain Rescue England and Wales region lead for trauma risk management. Dave is attending…
    Written on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 08:56 Be the first to comment!
  • Rescuers distribute adventure advice
    Rescuers distribute adventure advice Rescuers distribute adventure advice Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton in conjunction with Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) is celebrating the distribution of the latest edition of its safety advice leaflet for walkers, climbers and cyclists. Since the first edition in 2017, more than 50,000 of these simple leaflets have been handed out across England and Wales and the latest edition focuses on making a good day better by planning adventures before you set out. Planning ahead not only keeps people safe but should also help to reduce the number of callouts for volunteer rescue teams. “The idea for a leaflet was initially developed in Cumbria by the regional organisation there, the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association or LDSAMRA for short,” says MREW’s Vice Chair and Operations Lead, Mike Margeson. “When that proved really useful, MREW created a national version and this has gone through a number of…
    Written on Thursday, 01 August 2019 13:40 Be the first to comment!
  • On manoeuvres with the army
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    On manoeuvres with the army Meet our volunteers - Becky Becky joined us in 2016 keen to spend even more time on Dartmoor and do her bit to help others. Living in Torbay and when not wearing her red jacket she's a broadcast journalist who works for the British Forces Broadcasting Service. "I was spending lots of time on the moor with work whether that was with the Royal Marines on exercise or Royal Navy recruits in training. I learnt my basic navigation skills with the marines and then spent some of my own time learning more advanced techniques. So inevitably joining the team was a great idea." She said: "My job involves talking with and listening to people from all walks of life every day so I felt meeting those people out and about in need of our help would be something I would fall quite naturally into doing." The day job She's been…
    Written on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 17:06 Be the first to comment!
  • Our Pauline
    Our Pauline Our Pauline Our team member and friend Pauline Richards suddenly collapsed whilst on duty with the team contributing to the safety cover for the two thousand four hundred young people taking part in this year’s Ten Tors Challenge. Pauline on a training weekend She was an active member of the team and in her time was a hill member, search dog handler, committee member, and in later years worked steadfastly to support our Search Managers in the Incident Control Vehicle.Pauline was one of our most sociable members who spoke to everyone from the newest trainee to the longest serving member. She always had a kind word for those who needed one, and freely helped anyone who asked for her assistance. As a woman who had succeeded in gaining respect in a predominately male world, she made a point of supporting the many other women who have followed her since. She…
    Written on Saturday, 15 June 2019 16:21 Be the first to comment!
  • Winners! SW search and rescue teams celebrate award success.
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    Winners! SW search and rescue teams celebrate award success. Winners! SW search and rescue teams celebrate award success. The best of the South West celebrated this week at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards held under the last Concorde to ever fly at Aerospace Bristol. And we were delighted to be recognised with a special Outstanding Contribution award given to the South West Mountain, Cliff and Cave Rescue Teams for the huge voluntary contribution to looking after visitors as well as their pets. Our team leader Keith said "We are delighted that all the search and rescue teams in the region have been recognised with this award. Our volunteers give up a huge amount of their time to be part of the team fundraising, training and on callouts. It can be very disruptive to family and work life so this award is very much for them, their families and employers, as without their support we wouldn't be able to…
    Written on Saturday, 09 February 2019 09:27 Be the first to comment!
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