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How We Help You

Callout 2018

  • 32 Incidents
  • 15 Callouts
  • 07 Standby
  • 16 Others

32. 10/09 18:36hrs

This must be one of the quickest incidents we have had. We were called by the Police regarding a missing lady fron the Salcombe area only to be called so 5 mins later informing us to stand down as she had been found safe and well. If only more were like this!

31. 28/08 21:31hrs

We were called during are training evening by DSRT Tavistock as they had reports of a male who had gone camping and the Police had concerns for him. The team were placed on standby and after many phone calls the Police decided we weren’t needed so both teams were stood down

30. 31/07 21:22hrs

Whilst the team were training a call came from the Police regarding a man who was reported missing. Whilst we contacting the Police a report came in he was safe and well. No further team involvement

29. 16/07 18:52hrs

The Police called as they had concerns regarding a 44yr old gent. As our Search Manager was liaising with the Police, reports came in he had contacted his mother, with this in mind the Polce made contact with our Search Manager when they were confident he was safe. No further action from the team required​

28. 10/07 13:30hrs

We were called by the Police as they had concerns for the welfare of a man who had been missing for some time. As Tuesday is our training night it was decided to suspend this and transfer our efforts with this search near to the Tamar Bridge. As the team were arriving at the RV the Police called to say of a possible sighting in Derriford Hospital, a officer was attending to confirm. With this sighting confirmed the team stood down to continue with their training

27. 08/07 15:17hrs

The Ambulance Service required our assistance with a possible casualty evacuation near to Great Knats Head. The team where called and our colleges at DSRT Tavistock where placed on stand by to assist if required. Due to the casualty condition the Air Ambulance was deployed and took the casualty straight to Derriford.

26. 27/06 00:57hrs

Our assistance was requested by CSRT along with DSRT Tav to help search for a missing woman near Looe. The search teams from DSRT Plymouth, Tavistock and Cornwall searched areas of woodland and farmland with the assistance of the Coastguard,and air support from the Police and the MCA Search and Rescue units until 07:00hrs . DSRT Ashburton were called to carry on. The lady was eventually located by the Police

25. 18/86 14:08hrs

We were contacted by the Police, as a family had called in stating they were lost in thick mist. As they thought they were in the Cox Torv area and this is covered by DSRT Tav, this incident was passed to them.

24. 08/06 01:24hrs

The Police contacted as they had growing concerns for the welfare of a female teenager from Plymouth. As the Police were still making enquiries our Search Manager kept in communication with them as the team weren’t called straight away. After further information the Police were happy withe situation and our Search Manager eventually went back to bed at 05:00hrs!

23. 06/06 17:20hrs

The Police contacted us for help with a casualty for the Ambulance Service. This was situated near Avon Dam so passed to DSRT Ash

22. 02/06 01:47hrs

Even if the Police phone goes of and it’s a false alarm the Search Managers still has to respond to the Police just to check if our attendance is required, in this case it wasn’t. So back to sleep!

21. 31/05 11:37hrs

The Ambulance Service have been keeping us busy with another call to help an injured lady down a very steep track near Bickleigh. The lady was treated by the Paramedic then transported using our stretcher and ropes to make the transition back to the road safe, as the track was very steep and slippery in places

20. 29/05 15:47hrs

Another call from the Ambulance Service, this time it was out of our area and passed to our colleagues DSRT Tav. As with these type of calls our Search Manager monitors the situation with the other team just in case the other team requires assistance

19. 05/05 17:32hrs

The team were contacted by SWAST asking for our help to extract a casualty from the Dewerstone near Shaugh Bridge. The team were called to help the HART team and Ambulance crew who were in attendance as the terrain is difficult to carry a casualty out on a stretcher

18. 01/05 11:35hrs

We were alerted by the Police regarding a driver who had a collision and had left the scene. This was found to be out of our area, so this was passed to colleagues CSRT/DSRT Okehampton

17. 24/04 22:40hrs

We were called by our colleagues DSRT Tav as they had reports of a military person missing. The team were put on immediate stand by as was our training evening to alert everyone of the pending call out. As information became clearer this was potentially a search into the night with both teams working together. The marine had missed a checkpoint in misty conditions on a solo navigation exercise. As search progressed the MCA Search and Rescue Helicopter was asked to assist in the search. Luckily for him and us, he was located by a Hasty team well of his intended route. A good result for both teams working together which could have been a lot worse for the marines

16. 20/04 12:30hrs

We were called as the Police were rather concerned for the welfare of a young boy who had gone missing. As the team were being mobilised the Police called back to inform us the young boy had been located to great relief to all concerned.

15. 16/04 11:51hrs

As we were being stood down from incident 14 , our Search Manager met with the Police regarding their concerns for a middle aged gent from Plymouth. The team were called and worked with members of DSFRS to search many area’s north of Plymouth until darkness. We were stood down with the view of resuming the next day. Fortunately the Police found the gent the next morning.

14. 15/04 23:35hrs

Police called to discuss their concerns for a missing young man. Our Search Manager spent the next 2-3 hours at a local Police Station, it was decided after the Police continued with their enquiries the team where placed on standby and then eventually being called to Plymbridge Woods. We where stood down shortly after as the Police had found the young man

13. 09/04 22:46hrs

Police called to discuss reports of flares from the Western Beacon area. After lengthy discussions it was decided to send a mobile Police unit to check the area and we called back after an hour to check there were no reports of anybody missing

11.-12. 18/03 07:00hrs

Police call to discuss with our Search Manager plans regarding the severe weather. It was decided to have the team available at our R Centre with 4×4 capabilitiy. We were tasked to travel the A38 to Dean Prior to assess the situation as this area proved troublesome before. At the same time we called by DSRT Tav to assist them with a missing gent at Burrator. As the team arrived reports came in the gent had returned to his car safe and well so our team returned to the R Centre. We were stood down and returned to our homes only to be on a state of readiness throughout the night

10. 02/03 12:25hrs

Continuation of severe weather team placed on Stand by for possible tasking to help Police and other Emergency Services. As it happened we weren’t required further.

09. 01/03 13:19hrs

We were called by the Police for resources available for possible deployment due to the weather conditions. The team were put on Stand by and numbers and resources available passed to the Police. Then at 21:20hrs we were tasked to Sourton along with DSRT Oke and DSRT Tav too assist with stranded drivers on the A30. After many hours chaperoning drivers of the A30 and escorting them to safety at Okehampton Community College in challenging conditions we made our way back to Plymouth. I believe we were the only people travelling as we were all in 4×4 vehicles!!

08. 15/02 12:47hrs

We were called by DSRT Tav again, this time to assist with a stretcher carry as they had been called by the Ambulance Service with a injured male on the moor near Postbridge. As the team were on route reports came that the Air Ambulace was in attendance so the the team were stood down

07. 15/02 05:45hrs

We were called by DSRT Tav to assist with the search for a middle aged male. As our Search Manager was discussing options the team was just about to be called when reports came in regarding the safe return of the gent

06. 06/02 14:26hrs

We were called by the Police who had concerns for the safety of a missing Ivybridge man. The team where placed on stand by whilst our Search Manager meet with Police. The team were called to make the best of the remaining light and as the team were traveling to the call out the gentleman returned safe and well

05. 03/02 16:22hrs​

We were called by our colleagues at DSRT Tav to assist them with a stretcher carry of a young girl who had suffered a leg injury. As the weather wasn’t that good with rain and poor visibility helicopter evacuation wasn’t an option. So it was left to members of DSRT Tav and DSRT Ply to stretcher her off the moor

04. 27/01 19:45hrs

We were called by the Police as a concerned member of the public reported flares over a moorland area. After lengthy conversation with the Police we decided to review the situation after the Police had made enquiries to the military as this was most probably the cause. The incident was closed after a hour as there where no reports of anybody missing

03. 06/01 07:00hrs

The plan for a combined joint Call Out involving DSRT Ply, DSRT Ash, Police, DSFRS was placed into action. With a massive turnout of more than 100 members of the public, we conducted searches of farmland, woodland and moorland from Ivybridge up to Hartford. Although there a potential sighting of the gent, nothing positive came of it. Searched up until 17:00hrs when we were stood down as the light was fading. We were later told on Monday he had made contact with a family member and was being cared for – a happy end considering how long he had been missing

02. 05/01 09:10hrs

One of are members local to the area had a report from a farmer of a man wanting to camp in a remote woodland area north of Hartford. After discussing this with our Search Manager and the Police a small team of 3 DSRT Ply members went to the remote woodland. There was no evidence of anybody staying there so the plan for the next day was going to go ahead

01. 04/01 08:22hrs

Our Search Manager was called by the Police with regard to a 35 yr old male who had been missing from his Ivybridge home. After a lengthy phone call it was deemed advantageous to have a meeting at Middlemoor Police HQ with all concerned. DSRT Ply, DSRT Ash, Police and DSFRS discussed options and came up with a search plan to be actioned for Saturday if the missing person hadn’t been found