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Saturday, 14 November 2020 09:13

Recognising 37 years of service

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A Presentation for 37 years service to Dartmoor Search & Rescue Ashburton to Rob Dixon 

Rob Dixon presentation

Seen here in a photograph taken back in August 2020, our members rep Jim Webster presents a platinum award certificate to Rob Dixon, along with his favourite 10year old whiskey.
Below are just a snippet of Rob’s many memories accompanied by a few of his achievements compiled by Jim.
Rob joined the team in 1982 whilst farming on the Moors, and became training officer in 1983 - 1986 insisting that he was volunteered for the position when a relative rookie in the team.
He became a team leader as it was then (now Hill Party Leader) in 1985 and then went on to become Chair from 2000 - 2003 supported by Pauline Richards as a very capable secretary during this time, who sadly passed away last year.
During the foot & mouth disease (FMD) outbreak of 2001 there was no access to the Moor for several months. To assess trainees who had been unable to complete their Winter training in early 2001 due to FMD, Rob ran the first, and now infamous all night navigation assessment that Summer. It is also with a smile that Rob remembers having all the team back to his farm near Cross Furzes for a fried breakfast after an all night search & rescue.
From his 37 years in the team Rob recalls several landmark events:-
  • 2001 we acquired the ‘fire engine’ control vehicle
  • 2003 we took on the first Paramo clothing, jacket & trousers issued to the team
  • The section acquired its first Land Rover, a petrol engined ex-army ambulance in the late 1990’s - early 2000’s.
On a personal level, Rob qualified as Mountain Leader in 1999, he commenced work within Defra nationally, in training and assessing with the National Navigation Awards Scheme (NNAS) to Gold Award. He went on to coach many hill party members to success at the highest level under this scheme. Rob also set up and ran the first training corp, ‘The Navcorp’.
In what spare time Rob had left over he managed to climb a few Munro’s. In what was a mostly Winter habit, by 2010 he had climbed them all.
Rob will continue to be missed by the team but it is quite possible that you will bump in to him on the Moor some time, or even on the top of a Scottish Mountain.
* A big thank you to Rob, from all your friends and fellow team members, we wish you all the very best
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