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Saturday, 24 September 2011 13:21

New home for Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton

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New home for Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton

Rescue Centre Grand Opening

On Saturday September 24th, Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Ashburton, held the grand opening of its new Rescue Centre. Its first permanent base in its 35 year history. Up until now the team has relied on the goodwill of volunteers to store its equipment and vehicles. Now, thanks to the Abbot of Buckfast, we have a facility to securely store the rescue equipment, space to dry wet kit as well as meeting rooms to run training lectures.

The Buckfast Abbot blessing the new Rescue Centre
Buckfast Abbot blessing the new Rescue Centre

The day was well attended not just by invited dignitaries, including the Abbot of Buckfast Abbey who conducted the opening service, but also by the general public, supporters and team members and their families who got an insight into what team members do when they disappear in the middle of the night to answer a call for help. An air-sea rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor 22 Squadron provided a flypast to add further excitement to the day and make sure the day would be remembered by the team for a long time to come.

RAF Seaking flypast

After the rescue centre was officially opened, it was time for the impressive official cake to be cut and refreshments to be consumed as the formal part of the afternoon's celebration drew to a close.

Rescue Centre cake
Rescue Centre cake

Guests were invited to have a look around the new facility, ask the team members questions, and take a closer look at the kit that members use to effect rescues.  

The next challenge! The next challenge for the team is to re-equip all its members with new outdoor clothing to replace the ageing jackets and trousers that have been in use for about 10 years. This is expected to cost approximately £17,000 and the team is looking for sponsorship from organisations or businesses, and donations from the public to help with the ongoing costs of running the team.

The team based in Ashburton, Devon, is a registered charity funded by the generosity of the public, that provides a vital search and rescue service in the county. Although the police have the ultimate responsibility for responding to and investigating reports of missing persons, they will often request the services of volunteer Search and Rescue teams, such as the Ashburton based team, to assist in such matters. The team's responsibility covers not just the highland areas of Dartmoor, but also to the fringes of the Devon coast, where the coastguard takes over. Hence their search and rescue operations can cover both rural and urban areas. One key element about the team is that it is a voluntary organisation that relies on the valued time and effort of its team members.

The team also rely on kind donations from industry and the public plus fundraising activities by its members. 

The team members include a wide diversity of professionals, including A&E consultants, social care workers and electronics engineers.


Further information on the work of the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team, Ashburton can be found at the following online resources:

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