DSRT Tavistock - 2018 Callouts.

6th Jan (1) Two of our Team's SARDA search dog handlers took part in an extensive multi-agency search for a 32 yr old male who had been missing since 29/12/2017. The search covered a large area of farmland and moorland around the Harford area near Ivybridge. It was suspended at the end of the day without the subject being located.

3rd February (2) We were called at 15.37 to deal with an incident on the Moor, south of Fox Tor. A 14 year old girl who was part of a Ten Tors training exercise had fallen and injured an ankle and was unable to walk. The Team deployed from Peat Cot, along with members of DSRT Plymouth. A hasty walking team went directly to the site to assess and treat the casualty, while a larger support group took out the rest of the equipment and stretcher. The casualty was then transported back to our R.V. in heavy rain and darkness, and then handed over to school staff.

4th February (3) We were called by the Police at 10.26 to assist in the search for a male deemed to be at high risk. He was reported to be despondent and had been missing from home for three days, believed to be sleeping rough in woodland. As team members arrived at the RV point in Yelverton we were stood down as the subject had just returned to his home address.

16th February (4) The Team were called at 05.30 to assist the Police in the search for a 42 year old male, missing from Walkhampton. As members arrived at the control point we were stood down as the Police had located the subject, safe and well.

16th February (5) At midday we were called again by the Police to assist the Ambulance service with the evacuation of a 75 year old male who was believed to have suffered a stroke whilst walking near Krap's Ring in Bellever Forest. As members arrived the casualty was evacuated by the Devon Air Ambulance and we escorted his companion back to her car.

21st February (6) The Police called us at 17.41 regarding a missing high risk female, who's vehicle had been located at Sheepstor. Before the Team were deployed we were stood down as the subject had been located and an Ambulance was en route.

1st March (7) The Team were put on standby at 18.00 to assist with problems occurring due to the severe winds and heavy snowfall. At 21.00 we were tasked by the Police to go to Sourton Cross to help with the evacuation of motorists in over 200 lorries and cars, stuck on the A30 between Launceston and Sourton Cross. Only 4-wheel drive vehicles were able to make the journey, which was hampered by many abandoned vehicles and in places 2 metre deep drifts of snow. Two JCB's were cutting access through the worst drifts as we approached, and without them the road would have closed. En route members assisted in digging out some cars already stuck in drifts. On arrival at the service area at Sourton we were tasked with checking on the welfare of the stranded motorists and then forming up convoy groups to be escorted to a welfare centre established in Okehampton College. Our colleagues from DSRT Okehampton and Plymouth were also involved in these tasks as well as digging out some vehicles and evacuating occupants of cars stuck on the road from Sourton toward the Manor Hotel. We left the scene at 03.00 to return to Tavistock.

2nd March (8) We were requested by the Police to be available to provide 4x4 vehicle assistance to SWASFT, in situations where they could not access incidents because of the snowy and icy conditions.
At 14.45 we deployed a 4x4 unit with 2 man crew, including a Casualty Care qualified member, to Princetown where icy surfaces were like a skating rink, to attend a patient who was experiencing serious breathing problems. He was transferred by our LandRover to an ambulance that had managed to reach Princetown. We then escorted the Ambulance as far as Yelverton, for transport to Derriford Hospital.
At 21.37 we were called to provide care to an 83 year old lady in Tavistock, who also was experiencing breathing difficulty. Her oxygen saturation was low, so Oxygen was administered and she was cared for until SWASFT Paramedics arrived to take over.

18th March (9) Just after midnight we were called by the Police to assist the Ambulance Service. A serviceman had collapsed during a night exercise near Baggator and help was required to get him to the Ambulance. Members were called out to attend, but were stood down en route as the casualty had been loaded onto the ambulance.

18th March (10) At 13.40 one of our LandRover ambulances with a crew of two members was deployed to Sourton Cross, to assist our colleagues in DSRT Okehampton who were involved with aiding traffic management and driver welfare in the snow on the A30. They assisted the Police at several accidents and walked sections of the highway checking on stranded motorists. At around 21.30 our members set off to return to Tavistock, as there was no further traffic movement on the A30 due to the snow and icy conditions, with around 80 vehicles unable to progress further. Over 80 motorists were escorted to spend the night in a welfare centre set up in Okehampton College. It took two hours for our team to reach Tavistock, having to make detours on several roads to find a way past abandoned vehicles and impassable snowdrifts, finally reaching home ten hours after starting their callout.

18th March (11) Just as the above vehicle deployed to Sourton we were alerted by the Police to undertake a search for a lost lone male walker, somewhere on the moor in the region of Burrator. Team members were deployed, along with some of our colleagues from DSRT Plymouth and a SARDA dog team, to search in driving snow over open moorland near Sheepstor and Yellowmead Down. While contacting Police for any updated information we were told that the subject had reached his car, and was safe and well. We therefore stood down.

5th April (12) At 12.22 the Police called us to assist the Ambulance service with the evacuation of a casualty from the slope just below Brentor Church. A gentleman had slipped on the wet ground and sustained an ankle injury which prevented him descending from the tor. A stretcher party was deployed to the incident and recovered him to a SWASFT ambulance in the car park. The casualty later contacted to express his thanks and to let us know that the hospital had confirmed that he had a fracture which required a plaster cast.

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