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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 Lads Night In. Raising money to help fight 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 the test came back with a high reading and I was referred to hospital for further checks. Following a biopsy, the results showed that my prostate contained aggressive cancer.”

“At that point I felt the world drop out of me as the impact of the big ‘C’ word hit me. Robotic surgery was soon scheduled to remove my prostate followed up with regular six monthly blood checks and all, I’m glad to say, is now well.”

Martyn is keen for men to speak with their GP about prostate cancer.

“My advice to all is to speak to you doctor about prostate cancer if you have any concerns. A guardian angel looked over me as I had no signs or symptoms but did in fact have an aggressive prostate cancer that was luckily caught in time.”

Martyn is an active member of local charity Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, and on the 25th September, he is going to help another great cause, Prostate Cancer UK,  by holding a ‘Lads Night  In’ with the Ashburton team at their Rescue Centre.

“We’re going to have lots of fun with games, camping and an all night barbecue. Local business have also got involved to donate anything from beer to a portaloo! It should be a great night raising funds and awareness for a really important cause.”

Alan Pewsey the team Fundraising Officer said “Martyn approached me about supporting a team event in aid of Prostate Cancer UK and I thought it was a great idea for on this occasion to support another great cause rather than our own charity. Hopefully the ‘Lads Night In’ on the 25th September will raise awareness of Prostate Cancer and if it helps at least 1 man detect the cancer early when the chance of  a full recovery is at its highest, it would have been all worthwhile.”

You can find out more about Prostate Cancer UK Charity at  prostatecanceruk.org

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.

Major exercise tests emergency services and volunteers

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 got into difficulties after leaving Dartmeet, failing to arrive at the River Dart Country Park. A member of the public who alerted the authorities to the incident had got themselves involved as they slipped whilst ascending steep ground whilst trying to get a mobile signal.

Deployed teams consisting of members of all organisations were then tasked to search areas along the course of the river to locate and rescue the casualties.

Alec Collyer, Ashburton and Dartmoor Rescue Group Chairman part of the organiser team for the event said ” A major full-time / voluntary inter-agency search and rescue exercise is conducted at least once a year and tonight’s proved to be very successful. The Upper Dart Valley is a difficult area for all the agencies involved, hence sharing skills between the full-time and voluntary sector is vital to ensure any potential incidents are dealt with effectively.”

“The casualty sites required different problem solving challenges and they were purposely made awkward to test the teams.’

“Following the event, debriefs are being held to correlate learning from the exercise and the findings  will be used to improve operational procedures across all agencies.”

Alec also highlighted the contribution of the volunteer casualties. “We are very grateful  to all the members of the public who volunteered as casualties. Without them the exercise wouldn’t have been possible or as successful as it was”

Multi-agency exercise - Newbridge

 

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, 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, 

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 of very lovely individuals, groups, societies and businesses who support the team in so many different ways and for so many different reasons. I run lots of presentations to groups and societies talking about the work of the team, get to have my photo taken at cheque handovers, organise fundraising at events like our Templer Way sponsored walk and the Dartmoor Classic and generally keep myself busy representing the team anyway I can.

I also head up the team that runs the team website and social media feeds so that also keeps me busy!

When did you join DSRTA and why?

I was originally part of the Okehampton team in the 1980’s but had to leave when work commitments got in the way. Moving on to 2009, a friend of mine was part of the Ashburton team and he rekindled my interest in rejoining. As I enjoyed my time at Okehampton and the time was right for me to give up some spare time again as its quite a commitment, I applied and was lucky enough to be offered a place as a trainee in 2010.

Tell us about your day job?

I worked as a Presales Technical Networks Consultant, helping businesses to link their sites and offices for communications not just in Devon but across the country. It was not very exciting and I took the opportunity to leave late last year. I'm now having a break before I decide what to do next.

Do you have any other hobbies or interests?

Lots. Cycling (don’t mention bollards!), photography, travel, keeping fit, theatre lighting, walking, climbing (not very good) and water sports.

Choose 5 words which best describe your experiences with DSRTA

Great people. Busy. Very rewarding

Where is your favourite part of Dartmoor and why?

The beauty of Dartmoor is it has so much to offer at any time of year and what ever your mood so I have lots of favourite places. However my long time favourite place is Gidleigh Common as it has so much to offer with scenery, antiquities, the River Teign and of course peace and quiet.

Jam or Cream first?

Cream, there is no other way ..... duuuuhh!

The Rolling Stones or The Beetles?

Stones everytime.

Favourite part of being part of the team?

The camaraderie is fabulous and I work with some amazingly talented people. It is great to know that no matter what time of day or night, our volunteers will drop everything to search for somebody they don’t know regardless of the circumstances. It restores your faith in human nature.

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.

Lugs

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, much of which is carried out in house. My extended role as EO includes checking all of our operational kit, ropes, water PPE, radios, medical gases, team bags, cas bags, vacuum mattresses and stretchers to name a few.

2) When did you join DSRTA and why?

I joined DSRTA in November 2011 as a trainee, and received my jacket in January 2013. It had been a long held desire to join the team and took some time(years) to buck up the courage to apply, I’m very glad I did…

3) Tell us about your day job?

I used to fettle wooden dowels for NASA, however due to the demise of the shuttle programme work dried up so I now work as a building contractor…

4) Do you have any other hobbies or interests?

I’ve always had an interest in birds, encouraged by my grandfather who in the 50’s and 60’s maintained bird counts for the RSPB and worked closely with H G Hurrell for many years. I occasionally knock out the odd painting,   trying to complete my collection of The Countryman magazine I’m missing 1927-1930, and have a constantly growing collection of minerals and fossils. Currently looking for an old brit motorcycle to restore, the more knackered the better!

5) Choose 5 words which best describe your experiences with DSRTA

Satisfying, challenging, diverting, poignant, warm.

6) Where is your favourite part of Dartmoor and why?

Mount Misery, pitch black, fog, heavy sideways rain and barely above freezing….

Other than that both the Avon and the Dart. The Avon because I’ve known this river and all her moods since I was a small child. The Dart, from the source of both the East and West Dart to Dartmeet and beyond to New Bridge, sometimes on these stretches you could quite easily be on another planet.

7) Jam or Cream first?

Jam on the left and cream on the right

8) The Rolling Stones or The Beetles?

Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, ACDC, Wagner, Puccini, currently Electro Swing…anything really as long as its not jazz, jazz is just plain wrong..

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

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 arduous shift to give you a sneak preview.

Keep it to yourself mind as it’s a closely guarded secret.  ;-)

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Templer Way 2016 plastic surgeon launch

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 of communities.

‘Plastic Surgeon have given the 2016 Templer Way Challenge a real kick start and we’re extremely grateful for their support,’ said team fundraising officer Alan Pewsey.

‘Now we’re looking forward to the event, our sixth, with great anticipation and hoping to attract plenty of walkers who will have a great day with us.

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‘Everyone will set off from Haytor Quarry and make their way to Shaldon, and the best bit is it’s all down hill!’

‘We usually have about 100 people take part and we’re hopeful we can do that again this year. Registering for the event is via our website at dsrtashburton.org.uk/templerway We’d also like to hear from other businesses if they’d like to follow Plastic Surgeon’s lead and become corporate sponsors, we really do appreciate the help.’

Plastic Surgeon is based in Bovey Tracey but has seven regional centres across the country and employs almost 200 staff.

It specialises in surface repairs to materials such as metal, plastic and render. Customers include major housebuilders, insurance firms and private householders.

Managing Director Rob Mouser said: ‘There are two reasons we’ve chosen to support Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, one is that they’re local and relevant to people here and the other is that we always do things which encourage teamwork among our staff.

‘I’m not sure yet how many colleagues will be taking part but we’re aiming for 20. I’ve done the walk before as have some others but this will be the first time as a company that we’ve sponsored it.

‘It promises to be a great day.’

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.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton's Templer way 2016 fundraising sponsored walk

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 team remaining operational as it is our largest fundraiser of the year, raising around a third of our annual running costs. We get called around 30 times a year to help those in need, not just on the moor, but the lost, missing, injured and vulnerable across Devon and sometimes further afield to major incidents like the recent floods at York. We rely on public donation for over 90% of our funding, so everybody who has taken part or supported this year’s event has effectively helped to save lives.”

He continued: ‘The event has become more and more popular with numbers increasing each year to walk the historic trail. We see lots of familiar faces returning as well as plenty of new faces too. Word seems to get around as to what an enjoyable walk it is and with the added attraction of having the support of team members walking the route and providing safety cover, it gives members of the public a great opportunity to not just enjoy a fabulous walk, but find out more about the life saving work we do by talking to team members along the way”

Bovey Tracey’s Mayor Ulli Arnold set the walkers on their way for the event, which is now in its 6th year.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton's Templer Way fundraiser

The main sponsor of this year’s event was Plastic Surgeon, a nationwide surface repair specialist with headquarters in Bovey Tracey. The team at Plastic Surgeon contributed £5,358 of the £10,000 total with the staff raising funds that the firm then topped up to add to the total.

Team Fundraising Officer Alan Pewsey of Dartmoor Search and Rescue said: “We are very grateful to the team at Plastic Surgeon who have played a huge part in the success of this year’s event. Their enthusiasm has been infectious with the event being the most successful fundraising event we’ve ever put on, raising almost £10,000 so far with more donations expected to come in.  We loved having them involved and we are very grateful for all their fantastic support.”

Rob Mouser, Managing Director of Plastic Surgeon said: “Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton do a terrific job and often under very difficult circumstances. It’s important that they get the right funding to carry out their work and we’re absolutely delighted to be helping them. It’s a really worthwhile cause and we’re proud to be involved.”

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton's Templer Way fundraiser

Alan Pewsey concluded: “We’d like to extend a very big thank you to all the participants, their supporters, team members, Plastic Surgeon and Sibelco who have also sponsored the event again this year. Early feedback we have had from participants and team members alike is that they thoroughly enjoyed the day and we will definitely be looking to run the event again in April 2017.”

For more information on Plastic Surgeon, please visit http://www.plastic-surgeon.co.uk/

Photo album of the event 

Templer Way 2016

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.

training2

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 by Dr Rich and Dr Tas, who put in a considerable amount of their own time to train our volunteers to the standard required.

We extend our congratulations to the volunteers who also took the assessment from other teams across the region.

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 fitting to represent the endurance and resilience of the rescue team. We were extremely grateful to the Dartington Hall Trust for the donation of the use of the grand hall for this event.

Dartmoor rescuers celebrate 40 years saving lives with a gala dinner at Dartington Hall

As the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) Chairman, Alec Collyer said at the event :

‘1976 saw the formation of the Ashburton team which had a handful of members and a few bits of gear in a drying shed behind Ashburton Police station. Today we have 60 members ready to respond 24/7 and 365 days/year using equipment and undertaking training which in some cases would be unrecognisable to those who joined the team all those years ago’. Alec closed his speech in toasts to absent friends, a recognition of the support we all receive from family, friends and organisations enabling us to do what we do and to the future of the team.

Alec modestly forgot to mention he was one of those early starters when he was in his late teens and he is still an active hill member and Hill Party Leader.

Standing in for the Chief Constable was Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, Commander, Alliance Operations Department, Devon & Cornwall Police. In his speech he said:

‘It was an honour to attend the 40th anniversary of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton), For 40 years DSRT Ashburton have worked very closely with the police to ensure the public are safe when visiting and working on Dartmoor, and more recently I have seen DSRT Ashburton helping the police in the urban areas of Devon as we look for missing people. I have always found the DSRT Ashburton volunteers to be very professional and dedicated in what they do. They turn out, day or night, regardless of the weather conditions. Our communities can be rightly proud of these people and I look forward to our close relationship continuing through future decades’

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton celebrates its 40th anniversary with a gala dinner at Dartington Hall

Ian Lowcock, Team Leader of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) recognised the ongoing contributions made by the current team members and also recognised those contributions given by past team members including a past controller (search manager) Les Scull who at a sprightly 94 was the oldest of the past members to attend.

As a current member who has clocked up a mere 10 years with Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) it felt a real privilege to attend the event and reflect on all that we achieve as a group of volunteers from disparate backgrounds but all harbour a love of the outdoors and a desire to give something back to their community.

Craig Scollick

Hill Party Leader

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)

BBC Radio Devon - SW Mountain Rescue response to the York floods

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.

BBC Radio York - Mountain Rescue’s contribution to the York floods

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

helicopter

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 Dartmoor Rescue team members to train with. Our group consisted of members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)  and from our sister team Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Plymouth).

merlin helicopter

Ten Tors for those who don’t know is an annual event on Dartmoor which is organised and checkpoint per by the military where 2,400 teenage children aged between 15 and 18 walk 35,45 or 55 miles over two days and have a wild overnight camp in the middle. It’s a real challenge for the young people as they are unsupported by adults with the best teams training for the 5 months leading up to the event.

merlin 2

The role of the four Dartmoor Rescue teams is to provide rescue cover and should the situation arise the Royal Navy Merlins are on standby as air assets to support a serious casualty evacuation.

merlin 3

Back to our flight and sadly it was cut short due to low cloud, it was Dartmoor after all, but we still had a great opportunity to train with the Royal Navy crew in preparation for May. The shortened flight meant surprisingly I was home for tea which isn’t usually the case on MR events. While eating with  my family I enthused about my exciting flight and and was humbled by the response of one of my teenagers who looked up, grunted and said ‘not another helicopter story dad’ and returned uninterested to his food.

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Craig Scollick
Hill Party Leader
Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)

All photo credits: Roger Hyde, DSRT Plymouth. Thanks Roger

 

In the 3rd of our series of Team Member Interviews, we interview team member and local celebrity Colin the Rescue Otter!

colin the Rescue Otter. One of 100 Moor Otters spread throughout the Dartmoor NAtional park as part of the public art project raising money for conservation of the moor.

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 team with their water searches. I do have to try and not to be distracted by all the lovely fish if we are on a call out I get the hard stare from my team mates if I do! Sometimes if I’m really hungry which is most of the time this can prove to be very difficult.

When did you join DSRTA and why?

I joined the team in March 2017. Someone promised me lots of fish. Yet to appear to be honest!

Tell us about your day job?

During the day I like to meet my fans and responding to all my messages on twitter this can be quite tiring so I try and get some sleep before my night job which involves a lot of fishing.
I have several types of fishing rods. Sometimes if I’m REALLY hungry I cast them all out in one go. I’ve just ordered a new one from Amazon I have quite a collection now
maybe some day I can show you.

Do you have any other hobbies or interests?

I’m top of the league at the Dartmoor Otter Pebble twisting association so mainly practising my pebble skills oh and a bit of fishing

Choose 5 words which best describe your experiences with DSRTA

Wet, Hungry, Hard Stare (I know that’s two but it needs to be pointed out) and did I mention hungry

Where is your favourite part of Dartmoor and why?

My Lips are sealed! Its a secret! I’m not going to say just in case there are other otters reading
this who might come along and steal my fish!

Jam or Cream first?

Oh no! Just Fish thank you. Got to keep my waist line down otherwise pebble twisting becomes
impossible.

The Rolling Stones or The Beetles?

I like the stones but not sure about beetles I think they taste a bit funny. Yuk!
 
 
Colin the Rescue Otter is one of 100 otters that are in 94 locations across Dartmoor National Park this summer from June to September as part of the Moor Otters Public Art Project. 
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.

Dave

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’ 

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.

craig

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 family of the person(s) we are looking for. Based on the information they receive they will allocate search areas and then divide our volunteers into teams to carry out searches in those areas.
I’m also a member of the Hasty Team which is a small group within the rescue team who are regular runners and enjoy running on Dartmoor in all conditions. We offer the search managers the opportunity to deploy a small fast moving team of fell runners with light packs to quickly check moorland paths or rapidly go to a casualty if they are at a known location. Typically our hasty team members have also passed their Mountain Rescue Casualty Care qualification and can assess and stabilise an individual before the main team or a helicopter arrives.

When did you join DSRTA and why?

My family and I moved to Devon in 2006 and after a lifetime of climbing and hill-walking with friends I thought that joining DSRTA would be a great way of giving back and also meeting like minded people.

Tell us about your day job?

I’m the director of a small management consultancy business where we offer project and programme management to our clients. This means that I spend most of my time in an office either talking to people or looking at plans and spreadsheets. Periodically I also get the chance to swap the office for Dartmoor and help teach and assess individuals for national hill-walking qualifications.

Do you have any other hobbies or interests?

With a busy job, a wife, 3 school age children and my involvement in DSRTA there isn’t a lot of time for much else. I do however try to stay fit for the times when I do get the chance to go climbing or hill-walking. As my children have been working their way through the sections in the local scout group my wife and I also help out at scout camps and other scout events.

Choose 5 words which best describe your experiences with DSRTA

Rewarding, challenging, exciting, inclusive & addictive.
Where is your favourite part of Dartmoor and why?
Now that’s a hard question…I really like the more remote parts of the moor, or at least the parts that feel that way. I’d say the area around the middle of the south moor from Ryder’s Hill in the north to Three Barrows in the south and bounded on the west by Erme plains and the east by Grippers Hill. I love the quiet in this area and I’m always surprised and intrigued by both the ancient and the industrial archaeology.

Jam or Cream first?

Has to be cream – is there another way?

The Rolling Stones or The Beetles?

Having seen them at a gig in Manchester it has to be the stones.

Team Nickname?

Affectionately known as ‘Futbrudge’ pronounced in an outrageously bad Scottish accent.

Many thanks Craig.

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.

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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 Ashburton said: “This event is very important to the team remaining operational as it is our largest fundraiser of the year, raising around a third of our annual running costs. In 2016 we were called 37 times to help those in need. The people we help are not just walkers and climbers on the moor, but the lost, missing, injured and vulnerable, such as those with dementia and mental health problems,  in rural and urban areas across the county and sometimes further afield. We rely on public donation for over 90% of our funding, so everybody who has taken part or supported this year’s event has effectively helped to save lives.”

He continued: ‘The event has become more and more popular with numbers increasing each year to walk the historic trail. We see lots of familiar faces returning as well as plenty of new faces too. Word seems to get around as to what an enjoyable walk it is and with the added attraction of having the support of team members walking the route and providing safety cover, it gives members of the public a great opportunity to not just enjoy a fabulous walk, but find out more about the life-saving work we do by talking to team members along the way’.

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There was extra excitement this year as Colin, the Rescue Otter made a special appearance. Colin, painted by talented local wildlife artist Ayse Rifat, is one of 100 otters that will be seen across Dartmoor from June this summer as part of the Moor Otter public art initiative which aims to raise money for the national park. Rescue team member Andrew Luscombe said ‘Ayse approached the team with her idea of a Rescue Otter and we were delighted her idea was accepted. We think he looks fabulous and we are very grateful to the project for allowing us to give the public a sneak preview at our Templer Way event. We are looking forward to seeing Colin and all the otters across Dartmoor this summer, as they will be raising valuable funds to enable the park to continue conserving the landscape for current and future generations to enjoy.’

Alan concluded: “We’d like to extend a very big thank you to all who have supported our Templer Way Challenge again this year. Early feedback we have had from participants and team members alike is that they thoroughly enjoyed the day, despite the heavy rain, and we will definitely be looking to run the event again in April 2018.”

Links:

Moor Otter Public Art Project: www.moorotters.co.uk

Ayse Rifat – Wildlife Artist: www.ayserifat.co.uk

Recent team callouts ……

It is a little known fact that volunteer Mountain rescue Teams such as Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, don’t just cover areas of mountains or wild country. We are a resource available to the Police, ambulance and fire services 24/7 and can assist in rural and urban searches as well as flood rescue.

You can read more about how Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton helps to rescue those in need, regardless of whether they are residents or visitors to Devon below:

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 Ten Tors event.

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Ten Tors, for those who don’t know, is an annual event on Dartmoor which is organised and check-pointed  by the military where 2,400 teenage children aged between 15 and 18 walk 35, 45 or 55 miles over two days and have a wild overnight camp in the middle. It’s a real challenge for the young people as they are unsupported by adults with the best teams training for the 5 months leading up to the event. The role of the four Dartmoor rescue teams is to provide rescue cover should this be required during the event.

In the 57 year history of the event very few organisations and even fewer individuals have been recognised for 40 years of support and the current volunteers of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) are rightly proud of their heritage. The volunteers continue to look forward to their annual support of the event alongside their sister Dartmoor rescue teams and other voluntary organisations. At a recent Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) Annual General Meeting, the team formally recognised Alec Collyer for this continued support to the team and to the Ten Tors event.

Keith Lambeth the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) Team Leader said ‘One of the great privileges of being part of this team is the people you get to meet. Alec’s service to the team in general and ten tors in particular is an inspiration to us all’

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Alec Collyer of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) said ‘Over the years we’ve seen all possible weathers thrown at us and the participants. From snow to rain lashed gales to baking sunshine. Teams are so much better equipped and trained nowadays, in the “old days” Ten Tors was often the first time some teams had ever seen Dartmoor, those teams had a bit of a shock. I intend to collect a 50 year supporter’s medal’

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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.

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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 said ‘ The Scouts had a great time learning new skills when Dartmoor Search & Rescue recently visited our Shaldon HQ; it was really good of them to come along for the evening and let the scouts get hands on with some specialist equipment. On behalf of all the Scouts a big thank you for a fantastic evening’

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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.

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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 about the prizes below.

TOP Prize – A custom built Aske bike worth over £2,000

Simon Aske is going to custom build a bike for the lucky winner, giving them a unique steel frame bike designed around them. Aske Bikes produce hand-made steel frames with a custom geometry for every customer. The main objective of Aske Bikes is to give the customer a personal frame using personal desired steel as well as a choice in paint work.

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The bike components for the Dartmoor Classic top prize are being donated by Madison UK. We think, you’ll agree that this is an awesome prize for any cyclist. https://www.colin-lewis.co.uk/aske-bikes/

We are extremely grateful to MDCC, the Dartmoor Classic organisers Madison UK and Simon Aske for donating such a fabulous top prize and the ongoing support to the team.

2nd Prize – Luxurious Bovey Castle golf and lunch package worth £400

Enjoy a round of golf on Bovey Castle’s Championship 18 hole golf course and two courses in Smith’s Brasserie for four people. www.boveycastle.com

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The lovely people at Bovey Castle have kindly supported the team with Dartmoor Classic prizes for many years and we are extremely grateful for them for the support again this year.

3rd Prize – Paramo Ciclo Light Jacket worth £160

The Ciclo is ideal for very active outdoors people who cycle in all weathers and would like a jacket suitable for other activities too. www.paramo-clothing.com 

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The Ciclo Light is ideal for active outdoors people who cycle in all weathers and would like a jacket suitable for other activities too.

If you enjoy cycling and high energy activities in all weathers, you need a versatile jacket for wind and rain protection, which also removes perspiration and condensation and allows you to keep cool when working hard.

The cycling-friendly design is combined with Nikwax Analogy Light fabric for optimum comfort. It provides waterproof protection plus moisture and temperature control in one weight-efficient garment.

Paramo has been an active supporter of our team for many years and we would like to extend our thanks to them for the amazing ongoing support.

4th Prize – Enjoy a day at the beautiful Powderham Castle with a Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children).

Powderham Castle is set in a beautiful deer park on the stunning Exe Estuary and is the home of the Earl and Countess of Devon and the family ticket will give you access to the house and gardens. www.powderham.co.uk

5th Prize – ‘Gold Trek and Taste’ at Sharpham Wine and Cheese.

Enjoy a self-directed tour of the vineyard together with an informal tasting of our wine and cheese. The vineyard is set in a stunning location on the bank of the River Dart producing world class wine and cheese. www.sharpham.com

Thanks to all the above organisations and business’ for their wonderful support to our fundraising efforts this year. Without this support the team would cease to exist and our ability to help those in need and essentially save lives, would be seriously impeded.

You can buy your tickets, just £1 a go, from our team members who will be at the Registration Village at Newton Abbot racecourse on Saturday afternoon 1st July from 12:30 and Sunday 2nd July between 11:00 – 16:00. They will also be available from our team stand that will be next to Colin Lewis Cycles in the village. The draw will be made over the PA around 16:00 on the Sunday afternoon. All lucky winners will be contacted very soon afterwards with their prizes.

Good luck to all participants, it’s going to be another fabulous event.

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