DARTMOOR SEARCH & RESCUE TEAM

TAVISTOCK

Hasty Running Team

Hasties are runners who have been team members in a traditional role of at least 12 months.  They operate in teams of two or three which results in each member having to be able to take on multiple roles within a search.  Hasties may also be asked to run specific kit to a casualty site too: oxygen, entonox or other medication, splints and additional medical kit.

 

Fitness: both physical and mental fitness are essential; hasties have a proven running ‘pedigree’ which is not based on times or distances in events but more on the ability to keep going, at night, in poor weather for an unknown amount of time.  Generally we cover ground at twice the pace of a walking team.

 

Navigation: Hasties use the normal range of skills to navigate, as well as using handrails and catching features whenever possible.  These techniques allow more time for searching than navigating.  Timing and pacing don’t really work well whilst trying to run and search.  GPS is used to back up our navigation and to home in on a grid reference.  Local knowledge of an area can also be invaluable.  We use OS 1:25,000 and also the 1:40,000 Harveys/British Mountain Maps.  A good knowledge of the moor is also essential – especially with a runner’s eye.

 

Kit: we use smaller back packs on the hill which typically weigh 6-8kg.  This is still a significant extra weight with which to run.  Hasties must carry full waterproofs; spare personal clothing (usually gloves, hat, buff, fleece); a jacket, hat and gloves which may be used by a casualty; very small personal first aid kit; head torch and search torch; casrep, pen, map, compass and notepad; foil emergency bag; food and drink.  Lighter weight climbing helmets are also carried for use with helicopter rescues.  Team equipment may also be carried, such as a group shelter, comprehensive first aid kit, neckbrace, strobe, GPS and other items as deemed necessary.

 

Team Organisation: Hasty team members are all experienced team members and rely on each other a great deal on a callout.  Leadership is fluid and roles are shared.  When encountering a cas-site it is often a highly demanding situation; help may well be a long time in arriving and the team may well be quite stretched.  Therefore high levels of first aid training are required along with casualty site management skills.  Many of the team are medical professionals.

 

Sense of Humour: hasties need a sense of humour - it helps build team spirit and make light of difficult situations (being abandoned by a promised helicopter lift at 11pm on Fur Tor in terrible December weather!)

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