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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 A38.com for donating the web design and hosting our website.

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#NationalMapReadingWeek has been announced by OS to take place in October. #GetOutdoors and love #Dartmoor but please stay safe. ...

Got first plastic fiver today soooo under #firstfive #givefive I have decided to donate mine to Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team -Tavistock ...

Fantastic photos. Thank you Sam and John ...

On 21st September, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Tavistock conducted a day-into-night helicopter training with the S-92 SAR helicopter from Newquay. This was a familiarisation exercise with the S-92 as opposed to the outgoing Sea King helicopters. Bristow Helicopters Limited, which operates the search and rescue helicopter service on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, took over the work of 771 NAS at the start of the year and operates at Cornwall Airport Newquay. The S-92 helicopter is the most advanced aircraft in Sikorsky’s civil product line, certified to the most stringent safety requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency. The aircraft’s advanced health and usage monitoring system sets a new level of reliability and enables cutting edge fleet management services. As well as assisting with large-area searches, the coastguard provides vital assistance to Mountain Rescue teams when it comes to evacuating and transporting casualties. Often weather or ground conditions make it impossible to land the aircraft, and the best way to get personnel in and out is by winch. The significant downdraught from the S-92 creates unique challenges for winching – often necessitating the use of a high-line to allow team members on the ground to control the path the winch takes and prevent unwanted movement and spinning as much as possible. Wednesday’s exercise provided team members with valuable experience working within the downdraught and controlling the high-line. Tavistock’s DSRT regularly conducts training such as this with other services and agencies it works alongside in order to maintain readiness and a good knowledge of working practices for when the need arises. There are many other agencies that they work with. These include HM Coastguard, Ambulance Service, Fire Brigade and even the RNLI. It is essential that the team are familiar with other search and rescue sources for when it is needed. 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. The team are entirely voluntary but 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. Tavistock is one of four teams which make up the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team group. The Dartmoor Rescue Group was first formed in Tavistock in 1968, to help provide efficient search and rescue. They are recognised by the Mountain Rescue Council which represents all mountain rescue teams in England and Wales. Nearly 40 years later, DSRT continues to provide support to search for, treat and evacuate people lost or injured not just on Dartmoor, but anywhere they’re needed. Now based in Ashburton, Okehampton, Plymouth and Tavistock, nearly 200 volunteers are available to answer Call-outs at all hours and in all weather conditions. Until recently the service were all one charity. This all changed a few years ago when the service became self-governing. Each team was renamed Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team followed by the name of its home base. The Dartmoor Rescue Group still exists but is now an executive committee whose primary role is to oversee the liaison between the 4 DSRT’s. It is made up from representatives of all 4 DSRT’s. Here you will see a gallery from all the action on the training event. To find more information on the DSRT please find them on www.dsrt-tavistock.org.uk/ John Baldry Sam Whitfield

#22pressups #22veterans Last Night (with help from John Baldry and • Sam Whitfield Photography - SWP) we responded to the nomination for the 22 press-ups challenge. In turn we nominate North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team ...