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    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…
    Callout 03/2019 - Haldon Hill, various locations 14:19 31st January 2019 As part of our role in the multi-agency response to snow events on Haldon Hill just outside Exeter, the team responded in preparation for an expected snow event. Bad weather (snow) was expected to hit Haldon Hill between 15:00 and 18:00 on the 31st January. Team search managers were involved with various briefings with the emergency services and Devon County Council emergency planners earlier in the week and placed the team on standby from midday on the 31st. All agencies prime objective was to keep members of the public and their…
    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…
    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…
    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…
    Julie Dymott and a group of friends each year borrow a field that belongs to one of our team volunteers to host a fundraising bbq for the team. Lots of fun is always had and this year was no different. Young Zach won a private flight, Billy won a big jar of marshmallows by guessing how many there were - keep a close eye on them Billy! Chris arranged an Alpaca walk and the weekend finished with, of course, a cream tea (cream first we hope #justsayin). This year the group of friends raised a magnificent £250 - (which hopefully will be…
    Saturday, 28 July 2018 09:01

    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…
    Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:55

    We don't always train on Dartmoor

    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.  …
    Ann was walking with her friends in the Dart Valley below Dartmeet when she slipped 30 feet on to rocks. The dramatic story of Ann's accident was featured on the current series of BBC1's 'Close Calls on Camera'. The series uses footage from dramatic events caught on camera, interviews those involved and tells the casualty's story from before, during and after the incident.  Ann spent 3 days in Intensive Care after being airlifted to hospital, followed by a lengthy recovery process to get her back on her feet. We are very pleased to report that Ann is actively walking the moors once…
    As a small charity of volunteers, we rely on the generosity of our team members and many supporters to remain operational helping those in need. Shaldon Primary School is one of those supporters who we have become to rely on for the successful running of our annual Templer Way Challenge kindly allowing us to use their minibuses to ferry walkers back to the start and their vehicles. So we were delighted to return the favour and provide them some support for a sponsored walk of their own. Children and parents in Year 6 stepped up to the challenge to undertake a sponsored walk along…
    Local rescuers Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton are gaining a reputation for putting together well run and enjoyable events.  Its 8th Templer Way Challenge fundraising event proved as popular as ever on Sunday despite the weather doing its best to dampen the spirits.   Sold out yet again, 180 participants braved the wet and foggy weather at Haytor early on Sunday morning to take part in the 18 mile sponsored walk to Shaldon walking the historic and beautiful Templer Way Trail. Raising money for the rescue charity that relies on public donation for over 90% of its income, the participants…
    Saturday, 03 March 2018 15:55

    Haldon Hill snow major incident deployment

    Callouts 7, 8 and 9 of 2018. CALLOUT 07 / 2018 - 28th February - 3rd March 2018 'Storm Emma' and the 'Beast from the East' weather events caused a Metoffice Red Warning to be issued for a majority of the County of Devon and the southwest this week. As one of the agencies that forms part of the Haldon Hill Emergency Snow Plan' along with the ful-time emergency services, Devon County Council and the Highways Agency, we were placed on heightened alert for the duration of the expected disruption. Following major incidents in 2009 and 2010 that caused 100's of…
    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

    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…
    Tuesday, 02 January 2018 13:03

    New Year Honours recognition

    We are delighted that one of the founding members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, Alec Collyer, received an MBE in the New Year Honours announced over Christmas. Photo credit: Matt Austin https://mattaustinimages.co.uk/ Alec has been involved in countless searches and rescues in Dartmoor for a staggering 42 years. In 1976 he was one of the founding members of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton Team and continues as an active volunteer to this day. Our Team Leader Keith Lambeth said: 'To say that Alec is an important member of the team is an understatement. In a community that attracts strong and determined characters…
    Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:23

    Team Member Interview - Dr Tas Ali

    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…
    Friday, 01 December 2017 12:08

    Bovey golfers raise funds for local charity

    A very big thank you to Mel Winter, 2017 Ladies Captain, and all the golfers that supported her nominated charity this year at Bovey Tracey Golf Course. This support will make a big difference to us for the coming year, helping to keep us operational and helping those in need. Thank you!
    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…
    Vital work of Devon rescuers showcased in new film The Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton has launched a film highlighting the vital community service it provides across the county and beyond.   The volunteers are well known for their work on Dartmoor but less so for the wider support they offer in both rural and urban areas across Devon and further afield. With public donations accounting for more than 92 per cent of its funding the group approached Ashburton film-makers Blinkback to help spread the message. Team Leader Keith Lambeth said: 'Although responding to Dartmoor callouts is still our staple…
    In the 3rd of our series of Team Member Interviews, we interview team member and local celebrity Colin the Rescue Otter! Its great to have you in the team Colin. It’s not everyday that a Mountain Rescue team can boost a real celebrity in its ranks! So, now you are settled down with your glass of Devonia Sparkling Water chilled to 7 degrees and your blue M&M’s, i’ll ask you the first question. What is your role within the team and what does it involve? I am the newest member of the swift water team. My role involves helping the…
    This coming weekend is the 2017 version of the Dartmoor Classic Cycle Sportive, probably one of the premier cycle sportives in the UK. Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton has been a charity partner of the Classic for over 6 years and this year we will once again be raffling fabulous prizes in the event draw. Since 2012 over £12,000 has been donated to the team thanks to the generosity of the organisers and participants of the Dartmoor Classic. This amazing support has undoubtedly enabled us to save lives of those in need on Dartmoor and across South and East Devon. Read more…
    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…
    Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:11

    Rescuers visit to Shaldon Scouts

    Recently Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) visited River Teign Sea Scouts(1st Shaldon) at their headquarters near the Ness in Shaldon. During the visit the Scouts were invited to join in with a number of activities. The activities included map and compass work, bandaging and splinting, moving casualties on a stretcher, searching in the dark and using radios. Craig Scollick from DSRT (Ashburton) said ‘ It was great to visit Shaldon Scouts and see their enthusiasm for things we do, I dare say we’ll get a few volunteers from the Scout Group in the future’. Andy Dorey Group Scout Leader…
    Monday, 08 May 2017 15:28

    Team Member Interview - Al Pewsey

    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…
    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,…
    174 walk in heavy rain to raise over £7,500 for vital service An 18-mile sponsored walk has seen over £7,000 raised for the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team based at Ashburton, as 174 people walked from the Haytor Quarry in Dartmoor National Park to Shaldon on the Devon coast. The Challenge, now in its 7th year, raises funds for the Ashburton based rescuers. The charity, which relies on fundraising to keep its team of volunteers fully equipped and prepared to deal with the many incidents it’s asked to attend by the full-time emergency services each year. Alan Pewsey of Dartmoor Search and Rescue…
    Tuesday, 11 April 2017 10:17

    Team Member Interview – Craig Scollick

    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!

    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

    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.  
    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) – 40th Anniversary celebration This November saw the 40th Anniversary of the creation of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton). To celebrate, black ties were tied and posh frocks were worn to a formal dinner where current and, past members and their partners mingled with honoured guests from Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon Fire and Rescue Service and Dartmoor National Park. The event was held in the magnificent surroundings of the Grand Hall of the Dartington Hall Trust. The Grand Hall was first build in the 1400s and this historical location with its vaulted ceiling seemed somehow…
    Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:34

    Mountain Rescue Casualty Care Success

    Congratulations to the 16 team members who passed their Mountain Rescue Casualty Care assessment at the weekend, especially to those taking it for the first time. The MR Cas Care assessment is an advanced qualification above the standard levels of first aid competence that all our members have to have. The team now has 34 qualified advanced ‘Cas Carers’ within the team, which is something we are very proud of. The success is testament to the time and effort put in not just by our volunteers to train, revise and take the exam, but also to our Medical Team lead…
    Newton Abbot College raises over £9,000 for Devon charity of rescuers. Newton Abbot College was proud to present its chosen charity for the academic year 2015-16, Dartmoor Search and Rescue (Ashburton), a cheque for an incredible £9066.23. The amazing total reflects a year of dedicated fundraising by the College, including sponsored swims, non-uniform days, student-led fundraising drives, tutor group challenges and the Lynmouth to Teignmouth walk undertaken by staff and students in July. A cheque for the total was presented to Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton in front of 200 students and staff. The final total was revealed to a thrilled Alan Pewsey,…
    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton’s  ‘dart2ZERO’ Supporters Club held it’s annual ‘Supporters Cream Tea’ to thank the public for all the support they give throughout the year. The day turned out to be a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon, and the team’s rescue centre was the ideal setting for tea, cake and of course scones. The team, this year celebrating its 40th Anniversary, relies on the public for around 92% of its funding, so public support is vital to keeping the rescuers operational. Apart from having a natter over a cuppa with team members, the team’s specialist vehicles and equipment was on display giving…
    Park and Ride and rub shoulders with Team Sky and Team Dimension Data! On September 9th, the Tour of Britain professional cycle race visits Devon when riders, from 21 teams (including, subject to last minute changes,  Dimension Data, Sky and Team Wiggins), leave Sidmouth on stage 6 of the race to cycle the 150 Km to a mountain finish at Haytor, in a repeat of the Haytor summit finish which was a highlight of the 2013 event. We are delighted to have been invited again to be part of the event and will be running a ‘Parke and Ride’ facility from Mill…
    Park and Ride to the Haytor Finish of Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain On September 9th,  Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain professional cycle race visits Devon when riders, from 21 teams (including, subject to last minute changes,  Dimension Data, Sky and Team Wiggins), leave Sidmouth on stage 6 of the race to cycle the 150 Km to a mountain finish at Haytor, in a repeat of the Haytor summit finish which was a highlight of the 2013 event. We are delighted to have been invited again to be part of the event and will be running a ‘Park…
    Following a presentation to the Rotarians based in Bishopsteignton earlier in the year by our Fundraising Officer, we opened the doors to our Rescue Centre to give them a hands on insight to our work, equipment and vehicles. The visit proved a great success and following the tour, the team was presented with a cheque for £500 by club President Chris Cullen. Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey said ‘We are very grateful to Chris and his colleagues for this fabulous donation. It was a great pleasure to welcome the group to our Rescue Centre and give them a better idea how…
    Thursday, 12 May 2016 09:26

    Ten Tors Behind the Scenes

    For over 40 years, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton has been supporting the annual Ten Tors Expedition. Over 2,400 young people taking on the challenge of Ten Tors over 35, 45 or 55 miles, as well as the Jubilee Event that gives those with additional challenges the chance to get involved. We camp at Sittaford Moor Gate for the weekend and this short video gives a behind the scenes look of what we get up too.  
    Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:06

    Ten Tors 1978 – One from the archives

    The short piece of cine film was taken on the Ten Tors 1978 event when the team was deployed on standby at Quintins Man after previously being at Okehampton Camp. Thanks to Alec Collyer for giving us this glimpse into the team’s history.
    Tuesday, 26 April 2016 08:41

    Templer Way Challenge 2016. The best yet!

    Charity walk raises £11,000 for Ashburton rescuers An 18-mile sponsored walk has seen over £11,000 raised for Dartmoor Search and Rescue, as 150 people walked from the Haytor Information Centre in Dartmoor National Park to Shaldon on the Devon coast. The walk was aimed at raising funds for the Dartmoor Search and Rescue team based at Ashburton, a voluntary organisation and registered charity, which relies on fundraising to keep its team fully equipped and prepared to deal with the many emergencies it attends each year. Craig Scollick of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton said: “This event is very important to the…
    With the trusty old Seaking being replaced, the team along with the remaining Dartmoor Rescue teams, undertook a familiarisation exercise this evening with the Merlin helicopter in preparation for Ten Tors. It’s a completely different beast to the Seaking and important we are trained in how to work with them safely. Thanks to the crews from RNAS Yeovilton for their valuable time.  
    Monday, 07 March 2016 09:36

    The secret life of a Search Manager

    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…
    A BOVEY TRACEY firm has delighted members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton by becoming headline sponsors for the charity’s 2016 Templer Way Challenge. The deal could result in as much as £5,000 from Plastic Surgeon Fine Finishers with management pledging to match funds raised by staff who undertake the 18-mile sponsored walk on sunday April 24. That amount could make serious inroads into the £20,000 it takes to keep the lifesaving volunteers able to respond to the 35 or so shouts they receive each year. Last Christmas their expertise was even called for in Yorkshire when floods devastated a number…
    Staff and students at Newton Abbot College are celebrating an incredible start to their fundraising efforts for the academic year by presenting a cheque to the College’s chosen charity, Dartmoor Search and Rescue – Ashburton, for £570.99 following the huge success of their student-run Christmas Fayre on December 11 2015. The annual Fayre, a highlight in the College’s calendar, is organised and run entirely by students; stalls included homemade baked goods, craft creations, face painting, hook-a-duck, book stalls and many more. More than 150 local primary school pupils were invited to the College to take part in the day, which included craft workshops in the Art…
    Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:21

    A Big Noise for Charity

    Big Noise Chorus, Ashburton’s new pop and rock choir, brought their fantastic foot-stomping concert of popular classics to the Methodist Church in Ashburton with songs from Ben E. King to Amy Winehouse and Queen. The concert raised over £500 for team funds that will go towards helping those in need and effectively help to save lives.  Some of our volunteers gave a demonstration of some of the equipment we use along with a brief talk on the sort of work we do. Big Noise Chorus is a network of 4 community pop/rock choirs around the South West raising money for charity with their highly popular…
    Thursday, 31 December 2015 20:36

    The Quite Amazing People of York

    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  
    Wednesday, 30 December 2015 20:24

    York Floods and the pending Devon weather

    Now that Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers deployed to the York Flooding major incident are back home in the county, Matt Woodley interviews Ashburton Search Manager and Dartmoor Rescue Group Secretary Dave Close as he reflects on the floods and the pending Devon weather that is predicted.      
    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.
    Ashburton member and DRG Secretary Dave Close, along with Roger Hartley from Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue, talk to BBC Radio York about the involvement of  Mountain Rescue in the York flooding major incident.  
    Devon Vintage Car Club has been supporting us alongside our colleagues at North Dartmoor Search and Rescue throughout the year as its supported 2015 charities. Following this support we were delighted to attend a cheque presentation at Ivybridge where both teams received cheques for £1250. With a fine collection of classic vehicles – including 2 search and rescue Landrovers obviously, members of the club handed over cheques to each of the 2 teams. The photo shows team member Rob White collecting our cheque on behalf of our team. Team Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey said “It’s great to be nominated by businesses…
    Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:52

    Newton Abbot Rotarian’s help to save lives

    We extend our appreciation and thanks to the Newton Abbot Rotary for the magnificent £1,750 donation to the team following their Golf Day at Dainton in September. We were lucky enough to be selected as one of the beneficiaries from the day which was followed by our Fundraising Officer attending a cheque presentation to receive the donation last week. We would also like to extend our appreciation to Santander in Newton Abbot who have very kindly agreed to match fund the Rotary donation meaning a total of £3,500 will be making it’s way to our bank account. Alan Pewsey our Fundraising Officer…
    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.  
    Monday, 14 September 2015 16:02

    Team strengthens bond with its supporters

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton has strengthened the bond with its supporters with the launch of a new Supporters Club, dart2ZERO. On Sunday September 13th the team opened its Rescue Centre doors to celebrate the launch of the club. Cream tea was served followed by a guided tour around the team’s specialist vehicles and equipment to thank supporters for their amazing support throughout the year. The volunteers who assist Devon’s emergency services when people go missing or become injured in remote locations, rely on the public for donations to continue its 24 hour service that can be life saving. It’s not just about…
    Last night a large multi-agency search and rescue exercise took place on the River Dart at Newbridge, Dartmoor. A problematic area for communications consisting of rapid river levels increases, steep ground and difficult access. Teams from Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were joined by voluntary sector Mountain Rescue Teams including Tavistock, Plymouth, Exmoor and Ashburton. The objective of the exercise was to promote inter-team working and best practice, as well as to test major incident handling at Bronze and Silver levels. The scenario included 5 casualties who had decided to construct a homemade raft and…
    Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:13

    Lads Night In supports Prostate Cancer UK

    Update! Martyn and his colleagues raised almost £400 for Prostate Cancer UK during their Lads Night In.   Martyn, 61, Ashburton, Devon. A few years ago team member Martyn was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Martyn picks up the story …. “I had made an appointment with my GP for a general health check, and a good friend told me to ensure I talked about a check for prostate cancer, something I was completely unaware of at that point. The doctor gave me a PSA blood test and all was well and I was monitored over the following months. One month…
    Monday, 10 August 2015 16:25

    Control Vehicle Appeal - BBc Radio Devon

    Search Manager Keith Lambeth talks to Fitz about the success of our Control Vehicle Appeal and the work of the team.  
    April 2015 and 95 walkers enjoy the 5th annual 18 mile sponsored Templer Way Challenge in aid of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton. A beautiful day for the walk that starts at Haytor Quarry in Dartmoor National Park and follows the historic Templer Way trail to the sea at Shaldon. The good news is it’s predominently downhill! Thanks to all who took part and helped to raise £4,659.38 for team funds. Especially important this year as our Incident Control Vehicle has a major rust problem that means it is uneconomic to repair. Hence we need to find an additional £20,000…
    Monday, 29 June 2015 12:27

    Rescuers launch urgent appeal

    Control Vehicle Replacement Appeal The race is on to find a replacement control vehicle. Our specialist volunteers, who provide round the clock emergency cover 365 days a year, just managed to get our ageing van through its last MoT. But now, due to a major rust problem, there’s no option other than to find a new one and get it kitted out with specialist radio and computer equipment in time for the autumn. Without the vehicle,  the ability to respond to the 35 or so shouts we get each year will be severely hampered. Our team’s Vehicle Officer Andy Luscombe said we either needed help raising…
    Monday, 22 June 2015 12:32

    Cyclists support rescuers

    The Dartmoor Classic is one of the premiere cyclosportive events in the UK organised by the Mid Devon Cycle Club (MDCC), with participants attempting one of 3 routes of up to 160KM across Dartmoor typically on the 3rd Sunday in June. The event has become so popular that this year 4,000 cyclists registered. Our volunteers play a part in the running of the event by feeding riders as they pass through the Princetown feedstation and also providing expertise and resources for the event Silver Control. Al Pewsey our Fundraising Officer also acknowledged the amazing support we get from the organisers. “We are very…
    Monday, 20 April 2015 12:36

    Walkers enjoy a fabulous day

    Sunday 19th April and 101 people congregated in bright sunshine at the Haytor Information Centre with the objective to walk the 18 miles to Shaldon on the Devon coast in aid of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team at Ashburton. This year was the 5th year running the event has been put on in aid of the charity rescue team.  Walkers were launched on their way by team member and event organiser Craig Scollick. Craig said “This event is very important to the team remaining operational as it is our largest fundraiser of the year. We couldn’t continue to provide our…
    Our Templer Way Challenge has received a £500 kickstart from minerals firm Sibelco. On Sunday April 19 up to 150 people are expected to tackle the 18-mile Templer Way from Haytor Rocks to the mouth of the River Teign. Starting at 9am participants should reach The Green, Shaldon, some five – seven hours later. Money donated by sponsors and well-wishers will help generate the £15,000 it costs each year to keep the 24-hour team of voluntary emergency responders on the road.  Alan Pewsey, fundraising officer for the team, said: ‘Our Templer Way Challenge is now in its fifth year and we are…
    Saturday, 28 February 2015 12:42

    From moor to sea in aid of rescuers

    Sunday April 19th 2015 sees Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton running its popular Templer Way sponsored walk fundraiser. The event now in its 5th year is becoming increasingly popular as participants walk the 18 miles from Haytor Quarry to Shaldon along the historic Templer Way to raise funds for the search and rescue volunteers.  The team is called out 30-40 times a year to search for the lost, missing, injured and vulnerable not just on Dartmoor but across Devon in all weathers anytime of day or night. The team of volunteers need around £15,000 of donations from the public…
    Thursday, 09 October 2014 12:54

    Multi agency response at Hackney Marshes

    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

    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.
    Sunday, 15 July 2012 13:33

    Queen's Jubillee Medal Presentation

    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. http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/teignmouth-post-december-2012/   
    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…
    Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:38

    Ten Tors 2012

    Newly qualified member Alan writes about the 2012 edition of the annual Ten Tors Expedition held on Dartmoor, and the team's involvement. His article is reproduced below in his own words.   The second weekend in May every year is 'The Ten Tors Weekend' when 2400 14 - 19 year olds tackle 10 tors on routes of either 35, 45 or 55 miles over 2 days. Not forgetting the Jubilee event where another 300 or so youngsters with varying degrees of disability tackle their own Ten Tors.  Although I have been involved with Ten Tors on and off in various…
    Saturday, 24 September 2011 13:21

    Grand opening of Rescue Centre

    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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