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Training 20/03 | Police Lost Person Search Managers Course

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On Saturday, 17 of our members made the journey to Haytor in the patch of our sister team Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton.

The Police have been running a training week of 6 days to train up their new LPSM’s (Lost Person Search Managers) one of our member Claire is attending the course as well, later more about her journey. On the last day, they need to run a search for real.

For this exercise, there were members of DSRTP, DSRTT, DSRTA, NDSRT, WCSRT, ECSRT, DCRO, HM Coastguard Search and Rescue, USAR Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue and Devon and Cornwall 4×4 Response.

Police Search Manager, PC Stu Mines said “This exercise was designed to replicate a potential scenario that our services could be called to respond to and the aim is to test the management processes and response to a large-scale search for vulnerable missing people”.

The exercise, the largest of its kind in several years, involved over 150 personnel from seven different agencies. Fourteen search and rescue teams containing almost 100 personnel were deployed into search areas in the Haytor area. Those involved were presented with a number of training scenarios including missing hillwalkers, a walker who had suffered a medical emergency, a fallen climber and a missing child with an injured parent.

All the assets where trow at the trainees at the differed moment in the morning to keep the pressure on after lunch the news come of more misper’s, putting the trainees under even more pressure to put the right assets in the right place to get the good result.

Lucky for the mispers and the trainees, all mispers were found safe, and the trainees are now ready to start a new search in their police job as LPSM.

From all of us at DSRTP, a big well done 👍  sure we will meet again one of the jobs in the future.

We also would like to say a big thank you to RRT (Rapid Relief Team) from Torbay for looking after us the whole day.

We remain operational at this difficult, responding to Devon & Cornwall Police searching for vulnerable missing people.

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