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  • Exercise report from Mid Devon Advertiser
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    Exercise report from Mid Devon Advertiser Steve Pope and Nick Knight from Mid-Devon Advertiser attended one of our training exercises this month, and produced this short video report.
    Written on Friday, 14 April 2023 09:40
  • Search dogs deployed on their first callout
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    Our two search dogs Amber and Binnie were deployed on their first call out yesterday. With their handlers, Paula and Chris, they were two of five dog teams from the South West to pass three days of challenging assessment in five mountain areas in the Lake District recently, after years of demanding training. It has been more than twenty years since we last had search dogs in our team, due to the commitment required to train a dog to such high standards. These air-scenting dogs can cover difficult terrain quickly and detect human scent over very long distances, saving time and, ultimately, lives. 4 of the 5 newly qualified search dogs in the region featured on BBC Spotlight recently - here's a video of the report
    Written on Monday, 13 February 2023 09:45
  • Platinum Jubilee Medals
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    Platinum Jubilee Medals Platinum Jubilee Medals for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Ashburton On Wednesday 29th June, Platinum Jubilee medals, to mark the 70th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne, were awarded to members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Ashburton The medals were awarded, on behalf of the Queen, by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Barlow at a ceremony hosted by Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew of Devon & Cornwall Police at the Police headquarters in Middlemoor, Exeter. The Mayor of Ashburton, where the rescue team has its base, was the final VIP at the event. Jubilee medals have been awarded to more than 30 members of the 60-stong volunteer team as a token of the nation’s thanks. The awards are part of a UK-wide celebration which has seen Jubilee medals given to members of the armed forces and the emergency services, including voluntary mountain rescue…
    Written on Friday, 15 July 2022 08:28
  • Multi agency exercise - Haytor
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    On Saturday 20th March, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton joined a Devon and Cornwall Police led multi-agency missing person and search and rescue exercise at Haytor. At this COVID secure event the Ashburton team were joined by a raft of other emergency services and other volunteer agencies including HM Coastguard (with teams from Teignmouth, Beer and Exmouth), Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue (Urban Search and Rescue Team), our sister Dartmoor Search and Rescue Teams (from Plymouth, Tavistock and North Dartmoor), Cornwall Search and Rescue(teams from East and West Cornwall), Devon and Cornwall 4x4 Response and Torbay Rapid Relief Team UK . Due to the pandemic this has been the first opportunity for critical multi agency training in almost a year and a vital part of ensuring we continue to work to together seamlessly. Police Search Manager, PC Stu Mines said “This exercise was designed to replicate a potential…
    Written on Friday, 26 March 2021 09:35
  • Callouts for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton more than doubled in 2020.
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    Callouts for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton more than doubled in 2020. New figures show a 58% rise in the number of shouts for the voluntary team who are relied on by the emergency services for searching and technical rescues among other expertise. August was the teams busiest month with 10 callouts. 28 incidents were on Dartmoor National Park, 16 in other rural environments and a further five were in an urban setting. The team supported the ambulance service on nine occasions, including offering a technical rope rescue for a seriously injured climber. They also responded to the recent flooding in Notter helping evacuate residents from their homes. The more ‘routine’ callouts included searching for injured walkers on the moor and others who misjudged their navigation abilities. Alongside the significant rise in call outs, the team is contending with a 50 percent loss in fundraising. The pandemic has forced…
    Written on Sunday, 17 January 2021 17:59
  • Talking to BBC Radio Devon about the team’s 40 years saving lives
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    Talking to BBC Radio Devon about the team’s 40 years saving lives Talking to BBC Radio Devon about the team’s 40 years saving lives 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 and what’s ahead for the next 40 years. Click on the green play button to play the clip (duration 10:31). You can also open the clip in the Vocaroo application allowing you to scroll through the clip rather than having to listen to it all. Just click on ‘Vocaroo’ If the embedded application doesn’t appear then you can hear the interview via the following link CLICK HERE Order your copy of our 40th anniversary book. Our new book ‘Ramblings of a Rescue Team’ is a collection of accounts of real rescues from our 40 year history. Not only is it THE stocking filler to have this Christmas, each book purchased raises…
    Written on Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:08
  • Missing 16-year-old spotted entering the River Dart
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    Missing 16-year-old spotted entering the River Dart Missing 16-year-old spotted entering the River Dart The team were called around 22:00 on Friday 5th August to assist Devon & Cornwall Police in looking for a 16 year old male reportedly entering the River Dart having shed all his clothing. Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers were tasked to search the Staverton branch-line and various land based areas, whilst the MCA & RNLI focused on the water environments. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service decided to wait for daylight to put boats in the water following their risk assessment, departing around 1am following searches earlier that evening. MCA personnel continued riverbank searches alongside the Police Dive Team until around 2am. DSRT Ashburton members were stood down around 05:00 having exhausted regions of woodland and field systems identified as high-probability areas. Our team duty Search Manager said: “DSRT Ashburton covered a lot of ground overnight during the 6hr deployment,…
    Written on Saturday, 06 August 2016 11:04
  • Difficult helicopter winch from Dart Valley
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    Difficult helicopter winch from Dart Valley Difficult helicopter winch from Dart Valley A full team callout was issued at 18:10 on Friday 8th July to assist the SW Ambulance Service with the recovery of a walker who had slipped and fallen 20m on to rocks in the Upper Dart Valley. Team members walked from the Newbridge car park with the necessary equipment into the casualty site on river left near Bellpool Island to assist paramedics who were on site. The lady had sustained multiple injuries in the fall and was lying on rocks close to the river edge. It was quickly determined that assistance would be required from Rescue 924, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) S92 search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay to relay the lady to hospital. The casualty received medical care on site and was transferred onto our vacuum mattress as a precaution against any potential spinal or neck injury. Due to…
    Written on Saturday, 09 July 2016 11:10
  • Extraction of unconscious teenager
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    Extraction of unconscious teenager Extraction of unconscious teenager Early this morning the team were called out to New Waste near Cornwood to assist our colleagues at DSRT Plymouth to search for a Duke of Edinburgh award team lost in Dartmoor National Park. The D of E team had called the ambulance service and reported that one of their members was unconscious. The team were located by helicopter and all members were air-lifted off the moor and our volunteers were stood down. Press articles Plymouth Herald:
    Written on Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:23
  • Headline sponsors announced for annual Templer Way Challenge
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    Headline sponsors announced for annual Templer Way Challenge Headline sponsors announced for annual Templer Way Challenge Registration for the 2016 Templer Way Challenge is now OPEN. Register at 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 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…
    Written on Friday, 26 February 2016 11:24
  • Bad weather catches out Two Moors Way Walkers
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    Bad weather catches out Two Moors Way Walkers Bad weather catches out Two Moors Way Walkers On Tuesday afternoon our duty search manager was contacted by the police who had concerns for two walkers who had dialled 999 after getting disorientated and cold in horrendous weather on the south moor. The pair of walkers had set off from Ivybridge in the morning heading towards their accommodation in Scorriton, as they left the Two Moors Way to join the Abbots Way the weather closed in and they became lost. After making contact with the walkers our search manager was able to determine their location and initiated a limited team callout. Shortly after 1430 four team members in two Land Rovers drove the 12km along the Puffing Billy Track to Crossways where the walkers were found sheltering in the old explosives hut. Although cold, one individual was wearing shorts, the walkers were safe and well, hot tea was administered and…
    Written on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 11:26
  • Dartmoor walker stranded with no map or compass
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    Dartmoor walker stranded with no map or compass Dartmoor walker with no map, compass, torch or whistle requires rescue The team were called at 19:04 this evening by Devon and Cornwall Police to search for a lost walker in the Pupers Hill area of South Dartmoor. A rapid response from our volunteers meant we had teams out on the moor by 19:40 and the casualty was found safe and well by our volunteers at 20:10. The individual had left his car at Ludgate for a walk on the moor at 4pm this afternoon. Unfortunately he had no map or compass and as visibility and daylight soon deteriorated, he soon became lost and disorientated. He also had no whistle or torch, essential safety equipment when walking on the moor, so could not signal his location to rescuers. As weather conditions was good with light winds, our members homed in on the area he was suspected to be in, found…
    Written on Monday, 18 January 2016 11:28
  • Devon volunteers home from devastating York floods
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    Devon volunteers home from devastating York floods Devon volunteers home from devastating York floods We are very pleased to say that Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers alongside those from North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Tavistock, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Plymouth and Exmoor Search & Rescue Team have been stood down, debriefed and are on their way back to Devon tonight. Dave Underhill, an Ashburton team search manager deployed to York said “We have been given such a warm welcome by the people of York and we have been deeply touched by their generosity towards us. We hope that our deployment has been of help to the local community and that we have made a positive difference to them, helping them to get through the awful flooding they have endured. We thank them and wish them well with the task of getting their homes and business’ back to…
    Written on Tuesday, 29 December 2015 11:32
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