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  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Stories of hairy hands, pillow mounds and parliaments
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    Stories of hairy hands, pillow mounds and parliaments Stories of hairy hands, pillow mounds and parliaments From hairy hands to pillow mounds and parliaments; we had them all at our third sell-out Dartmoor in the Dark guided walk on Saturday. After two really successful 'Dartmoor in the Dark' night walks at Haytor and Hound Tor, we changed venues at the weekend to Two Bridges leading five groups of walkers out to Wistman's Wood for a slightly spookier walk complete with several 'stories' told at designated stopping points along the way. Teams walked just over three miles starting at the Two Bridges Hotel. Stops included Crockern Tor, Littaford Tor and of course, Wistman's Wood, with a supper in the pub to look forward to after the walk. Fundraising officer, Ashley Rubens, was behind the third in our Dartmoor in the Dark series. He said: “Most of our training and callouts occur after dark, especially during the winter, so we…
    Written on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 18:35 Be the first to comment!
  • Volunteer Doctors enhance medical care for casualties
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    Volunteer Doctors enhance medical care for casualties Volunteer Doctors enhance medical care for casualties Last night's training exercise was a joint agency exercise where we worked with BASICS Devon volunteer professional Doctors who specialise in expert medical care where lives hang in the balance. A scenario involving a fallen climber stranded on a difficult to access ledge was set on Haytor Rock, and 2 separate water-related incidents around the pond at Haytor Quarry involving a deteriorating hypothermic casualty and another who needed an emergency leg amputation due to a foot entrapment in the water and a deteriorating cardiac condition. Team members and BASICS Doctors worked alongside each other to effect smooth rescues with expert casualty care being received on-site at the casualty locations. Our Team Leader Keith said: 'The exercise was designed to get a better understanding of the skills of each organisation and how best we can work together to ensure the best outcome for the…
    Written on Thursday, 18 October 2018 11:34 Be the first to comment!
  • Volunteers and emergency services at Devon major incident
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    Volunteers and emergency services at Devon major incident Volunteers and emergency services at Devon major incident Today the team took part in a multi-agency exercise that simulated a major incident involving multiple casualties. Volunteer search and rescue teams from across the region, supported by Devon & Cornwall 4x4 Response volunteers, worked alongside the full-time statutory services including the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team, SW Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Devon and Cornwall Police. The exercise took place in Kingsteignton and included professionally made up casualties with very realistic injuries. Thanks to Sibelco for allowing the exercise to take part in their quarry and DC Police for organising. A very worthwhile afternoon that promoted the expertise of all the teams involved and how best we can all work together - not just on major incidents but also on the day to day incidents we respond to on a regular…
    Written on Sunday, 16 September 2018 22:02 Be the first to comment!
  • Major investment to bring vital radio network into 21st century
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    Major investment to bring vital radio network into 21st century Major investment to bring vital radio network into 21st century WESTCOUNTRY lifesaving volunteers are hoping a new prize draw will give them a flying start towards funding a major upgrade to bring its radio communications into the 21st century For decades the radios used by members of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team in Ashburton have hardly changed. The Ashburton team has had to retire 15 of its VHF radios but still needed to communicate effectively when responding to the 35 callouts for the lost, missing and injured it receives each year. it took the opportunity to look at how it communicates and found digital technology could bring many advantages. so is fundraising towards a target of £45,000 to convert to a digital network. Prize Draw The solution is a £1 prize draw running from now until December 14th with prizes including top quality outdoor equipment, experience tickets and wine,…
    Written on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:50 Be the first to comment!
  • Celebrating 125 years of volunteering
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    Celebrating 125 years of volunteering 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 impressive milestone, we interviewed them to find out why they joined, why they have stayed and what has changed over the last quarter of a century. The common reason all five joined the rescue team is a love for the outdoors and an unconditional desire to give something back. Kelvin…
    Written on Saturday, 28 July 2018 09:01 Be the first to comment!
  • Water rescue training prepares volunteers for flood incidents
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    Water rescue training prepares volunteers for flood incidents Water rescue training for flood incident responses 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. There are lots of things to be aware of for our team members during flooding and the tidal road allows us to train so that we are well prepared for any events we are called too. Water and flood rescue is a…
    Written on Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:55 Be the first to comment!
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