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    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 you join DSRTA and why?

    I joined DSRT Ashburton in 2007. Having moved to the area in 2004 (from London), I was looking to

    give something back to the walking community. Mindful that although not personally needing

    mountain rescue during my trips to the Lakes/Nth Wales in my youth, friends of mine did get lost on

    Dartmoor and were most likely assisted by the DRG back in the 1980’s.

    Tell us about your day job?

    Rachel (my wife) and I run a hostel for the homeless in Torquay. We manage two properties that

    provide emergency temporary accommodation for those made homeless, which can happen for a

    variety of reasons, not always within their control. We only accept referrals from the local council,

    and can accommodate families, couples, single men & women from aged 16 upwards. Residents

    stay for a short period of time so as to get back on their feet and progress independent living

    arrangements. Duration of stay depends largely on their personal circumstances, and can range

    from a few days to several months.

    Do you have any other hobbies or interests?

    For two years prior to joining the team, and for four years during, I was involved in Scouting in

    Torbay and enjoyed kayaking, sailing and power boating alongside all that you’d traditionally expect

    from the movement; however, since also taking on regional and national roles within Mountain

    Rescue England and Wales, these responsibilities have been handed to others. I am a keen walker

    around the SW, regularly spend time in Scotland in February (much to Rachel’s anguish)

    experiencing winter climbing conditions, have a dog (Maddie) and two young grandsons, so I’m kept

    pretty busy and (mostly) out of trouble.

    Choose 5 words which best describe your experiences with DSRTA

    Professionalism, support, dedication, teamwork, family.

    Where is your favourite part of Dartmoor and why?

    Difficult to pinpoint one particular area, but if pushed I’d have to say the Dart gorge and

    surroundings; I’m a big fan of water.

    Jam or Cream first?

    Growing up in London, cream was either for pouring on jelly, or squirted from a can onto a

    knickerbockerglory; however, being partially adopted by Devon (as much as anyone can be not born

    here), cream first.

    The Rolling Stones or The Beetles?

    Rolling Stones and beyond, the heavier the better really.

    Team Nickname

    Dave has reached the lofty heights of Secretary for Mountain Rescue England and Wales. Hence his team nickname ‘El Presidenti’ 

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