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Contacting Us

To contact the team please email by clicking upon the appropriate link below:

Mountain Rescue Video


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.

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DSRT Tavistock at Meavy Oak Fair

The weather was absolutely stunning yesterday at the Meavy Oak Fair. DSRT Tavistock volunteers looked after the field parking and entrance/exit manoeuvres which became challenging at times!

Thank you to everybody who gave a donation - it made the sunburn worth it!

Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Dartmoor where we lay our scene....

With best wishes for your wedding day Ian (Tavistock Team) and Catherine (Okehampton Team).

CALLOUT: We were called at 16.28 this evening to assist the ambulance service with an incident on Wapsworthy Common

A 16 year old girl was unwell and could walk no further. We deployed from Baggator Gate in rain and very poor visibility, which was down to 20 metres at times. We located the girl sheltering in a tent with another 16 year old girl. Following assessment of their condition by a team doctor one was transported by stretcher and the other walking, escorted by team members, back to an ambulance at Baggator Gate.

During the evacuation we were told by the girls that they were part of a four person Duke of Edinburgh team. Two boys had gone for help as they had no phone contact with their team manager. The girls were transferred to the care of the Ambulance service for transport to Derriford Hospital and we redeployed.

Following many attempts to get more information about their original route and check points the boys were located back at the first casualty site. They had failed to locate their team manager and so returned to the tent. We escorted them and carried all their team kit back to be transported by LandRover to Baggator Gate to reunite them with their team manager.

DSRT Tavistock Water Rescue Training

6 members of the Tavistock Team further enhanced their water-rescue skills and experience this week by passing an RYA Powerboat level 2 course at Jupiter Point in the Antony Estate near Torpoint.

The 2-day course was brilliantly run by the Royal Navy and was enabled by great support from Babcocks. We are incredibly grateful to them for their time, technical expertise, enthusiasm and banter. 2-6-heave!

DSRT Tavistock Ropework Training
After some excellent search & rescue training with live casualties last night in the evening sun, the Team transferred to Great Staple Tor and fog for some ropework training designed to allow us to access and rescue people on isolated tor stacks, amongst other scenarios.

A good evening's training by all the volunteers.