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    Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:43

    First Experience of the fabled All Night Nav

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    The All Night Navigation Exercise In the second post from the 2016 intake of team trainees, Dave blogs about his first experience of the All Night Navigation Exercise. The event is a right of passage for our team trainees and takes place towards the end of them completing their log book. For the newbies, we invite them along so they can see what awaits them in around about 12 months time and they can see the skill and pressure which will be expected of them. For their first experience though it is very much about enjoyment and getting to know…
    The class of 2016 On Saturday 12th November this year Devon charity Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton held its annual trainee selection day. Following the assessment 5 lucky candidates were invited to join the search and rescue team as trainees, attending their first training evening just 4 days later. Becky, one of the new intake was invited to blog about her first few days in the team and she kindly obliged. Thanks Becky! Read about Becky’s first week below. Becky’s first week. The first day. The first week. Five new trainees with lots of ‘no question is a stupid question’ questions.…
    Sunday, 14 December 2014 13:46

    Trainee Xmas Bash

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    This evening the new Trainees will be demonstrating their organisational and innovation skills by hosting the rest of the team in the annual “Trainee Xmas Bash”. Being a team member is more than just knowing how to search for someone and provide first aid when they are found. As a team we all have to interact and work well together, and so events like this evening, whilst good fun for all involved, are also designed to showcase the new Trainees’ talents in self-organising without supervision, and to show “team spirit”. Traditionally the evening will involve mince pies and mulled wine…
    Friday, 26 September 2014 13:12

    Would you like to join the team?

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    The opportunity to apply to become a Trainee Candidate within Dartmoor SRT Ashburton for this year has closed. To be considered for the 2015 intake please use the Contact Us page and select ‘I am interested in joining the team’ from the list of options. Approaches after this date will be considered for the 2015 intake.
    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…
    Monday, 28 October 2013 13:17

    Trainee selection day 2013

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    On Saturday October 26th we held our 2013 trainee selection day. We are often contacted by members of the public who wish to become members of our team and once a year we run a day designed to assess the capabilities and the ability to fit in to the team of those who have applied throughout the year. We had 16 members of the public who joined us at our Rescue Centre for the 2013 assessment, out of which we were able to offer up to 6 places for this year’s intake. Men and women from all walks of life…
    Monday, 15 April 2013 13:26

    Life as a search and rescue trainee

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    Life as a search and rescue trainee Our blog includes various posts written by our trainees on their experiences in a search and rescue team as well as  different aspects of the training. But up to now, they’ve been all from the guys. So to put that right, newly qualified member Emma (congratulations!) has written about her experience of being part of our team from the initial selection day to earning her ‘team jacket’ Emma’s account of life as a search and rescue trainee…. This weekend I went on my first callout. My phone beeped at me with a grid reference and…
    Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:30

    The fabled ‘all night nav’!

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    For all trainees, the ‘All night nav’ is a right of passage into the team and typically one of the final elements to be signed off in a their logbook before being nominated to become a full member. This year, Lugs has kindly written about his recent experience giving you an insight into what it takes to be part of a search and rescue team. Lugs says ……. The all night navigation assessment is designed to test at night and over an extended period regardless of weather, a trainees navigation skills when tired and under pressure.  The ‘all night nav’…
    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…
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