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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 for donating the web design and hosting our website.




Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Tavistock shared Sheepstor Hub's photo. ...

BURRATOR RESERVOIR ROAD TO CLOSE OVER FIVE DAYS THE road around Burrator Reservoir is to be closed for a maximum of five days to allow more surface dressing works. A Temporary Restriction notice has been issued by Devon County Council for the roadworks to begin this week on Thursday April 28th, lasting until Monday May 2nd. The road will be closed to all traffic - from Burrator Lodge all the way around to Byeways Corner - see map below. There is no alternative route. Signs have been erected warning of long delays so it might be advisable to avoid the area and Sheepstor village completely until the work is over.

CALLOUT: We were called by DSRT Plymouth at 13.15 to assist in the search for a 48yr old male who was deemed to be at risk. There was concern for his safety as he suffers from several medical problems and had been missing from a residential care home since late the previous evening. An extensive search of woodland and farmland to the immediate north of Plymouth was carried out by members of both teams, including two search dog teams. The Teams were stood down when the subject was located at around 15.45 in a farm outbuilding. ...

There's another opportunity to get your copy of Pete Swaine's wonderful book "Walkham - a walker's guide to a beautiful Dartmoor valley".

We'll be at the Rescue Centre in Abbey Rise, Whitchurch Road, Tavistock tomorrow morning (Saturday 16th April) from 9am - 1pm.

The book costs £20 per copy and Pete is very kindly donating all profits to the charity. We are a voluntary organisation and are entirely funded by donations and grants.

The 130-page fully illustrated, A4 hardback book will grace the home of anyone who knows and loves the stunning scenery of Dartmoor and the Walkham Valley. 8 walks that cover the length and breadth of the valley are descibed, along with maps and pictures, giving a thorough insight to the thousands of years of settlement and industry that this most picturesque of valleys has lived through.

More collection dates will be announced in the next couple of weeks. If you live further afield, then you can drop us an email at and we can pop a copy in the post to you. Our website is .

In the mean-time if you want to make a separate donation to the team, you can text 'DART03 £2 / £5 / £10 etc' to 70070.

More footage from Sam Whitfield Photography. ...

HD - Some video footage I managed to capture with the GoPro on Thursday. The Gopro camera was attatched to a stake which was stuck into the ground. It was positioned just outside of the circular rotors. FULL IMAGE GALLERY ON THE FOLLOWING LINK -

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Tavistock shared • Sam Whitfield Photography - SWP's post. ...

Last night Dartmoor Rescue Group were on a familiarisation training exercise with 846NAS from RNAS Yeovilton. The exercise took part at Pork hill which is located on Dartmoor. Training is essential for both parts who will be supporting the ten tors this year. More coverage on this later on...