The important role of search and rescue volunteers

Finding the lost missing injured and vulnerable

All images copyright of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton

Dartmoor Search and Rescue team members finding an injured walker

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton specialise in finding the lost, injured and vulnerable

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton is a volunteer search and rescue charity, affiliated to Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW), who find the lost, missing injured and vulnerable, not just on Dartmoor but across Devon and to major incidents nationally.

Called out by the Police, ambulance and fire service, the team responds to 30 – 40 incidents a year both on land and in the water. Whether it’s an injured walker or kayaker, a flood incident, a lost child, or missing person such as somebody with dementia or an individual intent on taking their own life, we will respond 24/7 to help those in need.

Professionally trained in all areas of search and rescue

Dartmoor Rescue volunteers undergoing navigation training

Dartmoor Rescue team members undergoing navigation training

Professionally trained in all areas of search and rescue including as search management, advanced casualty care, swift water rescue, and steep ground rope rescue and access, the team trains weekly adopting the latest good practice and techniques.

Relies on public donation to remain operational

Dartmoor Rescue volunteers stretchering an injured walker at night

Dartmoor Rescue volunteers stretchering an injured walker

With next to no statutory Government funding , the charity relies on public and business donations for over 92% of its income and purchases and maintains its own equipment, vehicles and medical supplies and drugs.

Become a supporter

Support Dartmoor Rescue and join their supporters club dart2ZERO

Support Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton

The team is recruiting team supporters to join their supporters club dart2ZERO. All the fun but without the training and callout commitments. If you have some spare time and would like to get involved they’d love to hear from you. You can contact them via their website at www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/contact

You can make a donation to support their work helping those in need here: DONATE

So much more than mountains?

Modern Mountain Rescue Teams are ‘So much more than mountains’. It’s not generally known that hey also play a key part in helping the Police finding missing people in rural and urban areas. Watch the film below to find out more about the role Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton plays in finding those with mental health problems and illnesses such as Dementia and those intent on taking their own life.

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