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Dartmoor Rescue Group
The Dartmoor Rescue Group comprises 4 teams to cover the 365 square miles of Dartmoor and beyond.
The Teams support each other and often work together when needed. The four teams provide a search and rescue service for not only Dartmoor, but all of Devon and Cornwall, and also work with the Cornwall and Exmoor Search and Rescue teams.
The members of Dartmoor Rescue Group, like those in the overall Mountain Rescue organisation are all volunteers. However, they are professionally trained in searching, navigation, casualty care, search dog handling and swift water rescues.
See each Team's website for details of our training and rescue work.
Peter Hosking from the RBS South Devon Pensioners presented DRG Chairman Alec Collyer with a cheque for £101 from their Xmas lunch Draw last week, many thanks to everyone who attended.
The Dartmoor National Park Authority has put together a brand new exhibition celebrating the work of Dartmoor Rescue Group. Its aim is to show how the four teams that make up DRG work as volunteers trained to the highest standards to rescue lost and injured people.
The exhibition includes information boards, videos and equipment from the past and present.
Running from Early August until October 2nd 2019, the exhibition is free and open daily between 10am and 5pm, with free entry. Come along and learn about the "Heroes of the Moor".
Earlier in the year, the 36 Teign students who participated in Ten Tors 2019 took part in a Sponsored Walk called the ‘Esh Challenge’. This annual event forms part of the Ten Tors training and takes place in memorial of Esh Rampuri. Esh was a science teacher at Teign School for 21 years and had helped out with the Ten Tors training for 19 years. He was well loved for his dry sense of humour and for the fact that he would always go out of his way to help wherever he could. Sadly, he passed away not long after his retirement in 2007 and so the ‘Esh Challenge’ was set up in his honour.
This year the event involved the students walking 28 miles in one day over difficult Dartmoor terrain for charities of their choice. For 2019, the fundraising took place for Devon Air Ambulance and Dartmoor Rescue; two charities whose work are essential to Devon and the Ten Tors movement.
Toby Mason (Year 9) was one student who took part. He said: “My brother told me this was a challenging walk – it is famous at Teign School! We enjoyed it on the day as the weather was better than what we had faced on other walks!”
Representatives from the charities were asked to come to Teign School on Wednesday 19th June to accept the money raised on the walk. The students collected a staggering £1360 which was divided equally between the two chosen charities. Headteacher, Suzannah Wharf and the school’s Ten Tors Leader, David Bere handed over the sponsor money alongside ten students who completed the walk.
Alec Collyer MBE (Chairman of the Dartmoor Rescue Group) said, “All four Dartmoor rescue teams are reliant on donations. Each team takes £20,000 per year to run and we get no statutory funding. Therefore, donations such as this are essential for us to continue to provide a service.”
Our sincere thanks go the the Commodore and members of Saltash Sailing Club who chose Dartmoor Rescue Group as their charity of the year and raised an amazing £360. Thank you!
Congratulations go to all the PenMaCRA Teams who together have been awarded the "Outstanding Contribution to Tourism" award at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2018/2019 at Aerospace Bristol. PenMaCRA is the regional body of Mountain Rescue (England and Wales) and comprises the teams of Dartmoor Rescue Group as well as those for Cornwall and Exmoor, MR Search Dogs and the Devon Cave Rescue Organisation.
Throughout the year the Dartmoor Rescue Group is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
Civic leaders from all over Devon joined members of Dartmoor Rescue Group at County Hall for a special celebration.
See the full report here: DRG 50th Anniversary Celebration.
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