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    Saturday, 28 July 2018 09:01

    Celebrating 125 years of volunteering

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    Celebrating 125 years of volunteering with Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton In 1993 John Major was the UK Prime Minister, Bill Clinton became President of the United States, mobile phones were the size and weight of a brick, Jurassic Park (the original) was showing in cinemas and the Channel Tunnel was still a year from opening. 1993 was also the year that five members of the public decided they would like to volunteer with Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton. Here we are 25 years later and Paula, Kelvin, Julia, John and Ian are all still active members. To mark this…
    Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:55

    We don't always train on Dartmoor

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    We aren’t always training on the moor. Last night we were in the South Hams in S Devon training on the water at Aveton Gifford. The village sits alongside the River Avon, also known as the River Aune. Why do we train there? Well there is a tidal road that is submerged by the incoming tide that on spring tides is covered for about two hours before and after high tide. This gives us conditions that are the nearest we can get to recreating a flooding incident, such as when we were called to the York Floods major incident in 2015.  …
    Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:24

    Prepared for a severe weather event on Haldon Hill

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    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 Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton rescuing motorists), where drivers and their passengers were stranded for up to 8 hours following heavy snowfall, emergency response agencies have collaborated on a response plan so as to be fully prepared should a similar weather event happen again. Photo credit: Pete Sherman, DSRT Ashburton. DSRT response to Haldon Hill snow event 2010 The first event overnight on the 5th February 2009 saw around 200 people being rescued from their…
    Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:02

    River Dart training in casualty recovery

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    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 the full-time emergency services. The team doesn't just rescue walkers, climbers and the vulnerable on land, they also have a water rescue capability to respond to swift water incidents involving water sport enthusiasts, flooding events and searches for vulnerable missing persons that may involve watercourses. Of course, the team are on-call 24/7 so need to undertake training at night as well as during the day to reflect the incidents they are called to.  Hence last…
    Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:23

    Team Member Interview - Dr Tas Ali

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    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, currently the Chair of our team.     1) What is your role within the team and what does it involve? I am the Chairman of the committee that manages the business of the team. It is a huge privilege to be considered to be fit 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…
    Over the last two weekends, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers alongside sister Dartmoor teams Tavistock and Plymouth,  and representatives from Exmoor and Cornwall search and rescue teams,  attended a training course funded by the LIBOR financial fines which have been made available to Mountain Rescue for 'train the trainer' activities. The volunteers participated in the regional rollout of Mountain Rescue England and Wales Rope Rescue Operator Instructor courses delivered by climbing equipment manufacturer Lyon Equipment. The course focussed on being able to execute safe and effective rope rescues and to cascade that training to their teams. The course attendees refined…
    Ten Tors Support – every year for 40 years! On the Saturday afternoon during the Ten Tors event this year, history was made for one of the Dartmoor Rescue teams and in particular one of its stalwart volunteer members. Each year at Okehampton camp the military organisers recognise those organisations and volunteers who have supported the event for 10, 20 and 30 years. This year, as part of this quiet and understated presentation, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) and in particular one of their volunteers, Alec Collyer from Shaldon, were recognised for 40 years of continuous support to the…
    Monday, 08 May 2017 15:28

    Team Member Interview - Al Pewsey

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    In this series of team member interviews, we find out more about what makes our volunteers tick. For our fifth interview we talk to our Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey,  What is your role within the team and what does it involve? 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. It’s a fabulous job to have because I get to meet lots…
    Monday, 08 May 2017 15:09

    Team Member Interview - Andrew Luscombe

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    In this series of team member interviews, we find out more about what makes our volunteers tick. For our fourth interview we talk to Andrew Luscombe, affectionately known as Lugs, the custodian of our team equipment and vehicles. 1) What is your role within the team and what does it involve? 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, this includes dealing with insurances, MOT’s plus any repair work,…
    Tuesday, 11 April 2017 10:17

    Team Member Interview – Craig Scollick

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    In this series of team member interviews, we find out more about what makes our volunteers tick. For our second interview we talk to Craig Scollick, a team member for over 10 years. What is your role within the team and what does it involve? 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. After we’ve arrived at a callout our search managers will be briefed by the Police and friends or…
    Thursday, 09 March 2017 16:21

    Not another helicopter story dad!

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    There we were in a perfect arctic huddle on a remote hill side in southern Dartmoor waiting for the aircraft. We heard the rotor noise and the helicopter landed amidst a flurry of dead grass. In no time at all we had the thumbs up and were walking towards the helicopter for our training flight. Rather than the Maritime and Coastguard Agency or an air ambulance aircraft this time it was a Royal Navy Merlin from 846 squadron RNAS Yeovilton. It was on a familiarisation flight in preparation for the Ten Tors event in May and they wanted some friendly…
    Tuesday, 07 February 2017 10:18

    Team Member Interview – Dave Close

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    In this series of team member interviews, we find out more about what makes our volunteers tick. For our first interview we talk to Dave Close, otherwise known as El Presidenti. What is your role within the team and what does it involve? 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. This can take many forms; including the taking of minutes at Committee/Team meetings, circulation of information across the membership, liaising with organisations and members of the public approaching the team etc. When did…
    Ramblings of a Mountain Rescue Team. Hill Party Leader Steve Jones and Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey talk to BBC Radio Devon’s Shep on the past 40 years for the team and what’s ahead for the next 40 years.  
    Monday, 07 March 2016 09:36

    The secret life of a Search Manager

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    Team Roles. Episode 1, the Search Manager We are often asked by members of the public about the different roles there are in the team, and what tasks are undertaken by these roles. Well, in the first of this series on team roles, we introduce you to the secret World of a Search Manager. So what goes on behind the closed doors of our search control vehicle? We take you into their new office, our freshly fitted our new Control Vehicle complete with all mod cons,  while the duty Search manager had zipped out for a quick break during a particularly…
    Thursday, 31 December 2015 20:36

    The Quite Amazing People of York

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    Heart FM interview Ashburton Search Manager and Dartmoor Rescue Group Secretary Dave Close about the wonderful welcome volunteers received from the people of York during the devastating major floods during Christmas and New Year  
    Our Search Manager Dave Underhill talks to BBC Radio Devon’s David Sheppard about the SW Mountain Rescue teams involvement in the Yorkshire Floods major incident. Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, Tavistock, North Dartmoor and Plymouth as well as Exmoor Search and Rescue have around 50 of their volunteers deployed in the York area.
    Sunday, 15 November 2015 15:55

    6 Landrovers Donated to Southwest Rescue Teams

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    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service donate 6 Landrovers that are now surplus to their requirements to Dartmoor and Exmoor Search and Rescue Teams. On a typical Dartmoor drizzly day in November, all the team’s got together to officially accept the Landies before undertaking a group training exercise.  
    Thursday, 09 October 2014 12:54

    Multi agency response at Hackney Marshes

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    A major multi-agency search and rescue for four people from an inflatable boat, a drunk man staggering into marshes and a teenager falling off a bridge took place last night – but it was all part of a training exercise. A major multi-agency search and rescue for four people from an inflatable boat, a drunk man staggering into marshes and a teenager falling off a bridge took place last night – but it was all part of a training exercise. Organised by Dartmoor Search and Rescue – Ashburton, the exercise took place at Hackney Marshes, Newton Abbot, and involved multiple casualty…
    We use a variety of equipment and tools to help in the process of search and rescue, and as you’d expect, technology is playing a bigger part. One such tool is SARLOC©  that helps to find lost walkers and climbers by sending a simple text message to a mobile phone. SARLOC© – A method for locating lost climbers and walkers SARLOC© is a system developed by Russ Hore who was a member of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation for over 20 years, served 2 years as the teams chairman and is the IT Coordinator for the North Wales Mountain Rescue Organisation. Russ introduced North…
    Wednesday, 30 April 2014 13:17

    Technology in Search and Rescue

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    This report by John Danks appeared on BBC Spotlight on April 24th 2014. It follows the team on a training exercise and delves into some of the technology used by the team on search and rescue such as SARMAN, SARLOC and Viewranger smart mapping.
    Saturday, 15 February 2014 13:15

    When the rescued become rescuers

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    Catherine, one of our current trainees, talks about the motivation behind her joining the team. My motivation for joining the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team at Ashburton was directly as a result of having been on the receiving end of their professionalism and dedication, when they hauled my daughter out of the Dart gorge up very steep ground, whereas the NHS and Search & Rescue helicopters had both been unable to safely reach her.  She had sustained a knee injury while jumping in the river and was unable to walk.  We sat and waited for about 3 hours while the emergency services decided…
    Sunday, 15 July 2012 13:33

    Queen's Jubillee Medal Presentation

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    In recognition of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Jubilee Medals were presented to members who had been in the team for 5 years or greater recognising their contribution to their local community. Needless to say the team as a whole is very proud of the work we do and proud that this medal has been presented in recognition of individuals who have volunteered for an extended period of time. Medal's were presented on July 15th at the team rescue centre near Ashburton The following article appeared in a December 2012 edition of the Teignmouth Post.   
    We are very proud to announce that team member Ian Ridley has summited Mount Everest early on Friday the 1st june on his second attempt. Huge congratulations to Ian from the whole team.   News article courtesy of the Herald Express, Torquay. Ian first attempted Everest a few years ago from the north of the mountain. Unfortunately on that occasion he was defeated by illness. This time however he managed to avoid illness, but instead had challenging weather conditions to deal with that threatened the whole expedition on various occasions.  The weather did mean that some expeditions did have to…
    Thursday, 26 April 2012 13:38

    What it means to earn the ‘Team Jacket’

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    Alan, one of the 2010 intake of trainees, recently qualified and elected in to the team as full member. Here he writes about what it means and the hard work involved. The article is reproduced below in his own words. In the early to mid 80’s, I was part of the Dartmoor Rescue Group, Okehampton Section until work commitments got in the way. About 2 years ago I decided the time was right to rejoin so I applied to join the Ashburton Section of the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team. Times have changed somewhat as in the 80’s the training…
    Saturday, 24 September 2011 13:21

    Grand opening of Rescue Centre

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    On Saturday September 24th, the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Ashburton Section, held the grand opening of its new Rescue Centre. Its first permanent base in its 35 year history. Up until now the team has relied on the goodwill of volunteers to store its equipment and vehicles. Now, thanks to the Abbot of Buckfast, we have a facility to securely store the rescue equpiment, space to dry wet kit as well as meeting rooms to run training lectures.   The day was well attended not just by invited dignitaries, including the Abbot of Buckfast Abbey who conducted the opening…
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