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Mountain Rescue Video

Welcome to DSRT Tavistock.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue exists to help the police and other related rescue organisations to locate, render appropriate assistance and evacuate missing persons to a place of safety.

Our services are entirely voluntary and in particular demand in situations where weather conditions are poor and the location of the missing person is unknown. All team members are highly trained in a variety of skills ranging from First Aid through to Navigation, searching techniques and radio operation.

Individual search teams are coordinated through a team leader who is in constant radio contact with the controller coordinating the search effort. We work closely with the police who initiate calls to us in situations where our services may be required.

Tavistock is one of four teams which make up the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team group.

Please follow the links provided above if you require further information.

Watch this space for details of our activities and fund-raising events. If you wish to contact us or can offer assistance with our voluntary work, please e-mail us.

Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation or are aware of any fund-raising functions which you believe may be relevant, please contact our fund-raising officer.

We would like to thank for donating the web design and hosting our website.





Coop Sponsorship

We are proud to announce that we have been selected to receive funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund. For the next 6 months, every time Co-op members buy branded products and services, 1% of your spend goes to a local cause. We need your help – the more support we get, the more funding we could receive. So if you’re a Co-op Member, log in to your Co-op Membership account and choose us. If you’re not a member, please join and support us!


Water Training With New Boat

DSRT Tavistock had an excellent evening's training on the River Tavy with the new boat and stretcher, putting to use some of the equipment purchased with the DfT grant for inland water rescue award.

This equipment allows us to respond to rescues in water environments - rivers, lakes, reservoirs but also floods. The team could be deployed anywhere in the country to help other rescuers deal with floodwater search & rescues.

Professionally trained, but all volunteers.

Dartmoor Search & Rescue Merlin Helicopter Training

Wednesday saw all four Dartmoor Search & Rescue Teams - Tavistock, Plymouth, Okehampton and Ashburton - take part in crucial Merlin helicopter training as preparation for Ten Tors 2017. A great evening of training with a beautiful sunset.

Our thanks go to the Royal Navy Merlin crew.

Six of DSRT Tavistocks graded and trainee dog handlers attended Aprils SARDA England national training course on Dartmoor yesterday and this weekend. A beautiful sunny day ensured lots was achieved. ...

Dogs from across England and Wales descended on Dartmoor in April 2017 for their monthly training weekend, including two search dogs and their handlers from Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Plymouth. Team member Rob Heath discusses their extraordinary life-saving work. Video captured by the BBC Spotlight crew who filmed some of the training.