In case of emergency, dial 112 or 999 and ask for the Police
- Emergency food – glucose sweets, biscuits, nuts etc.
- Map 1:25,000 and compass – and know how to use them.
- Emergency whistle – six blasts every minute is the recognised distress signal.
- A working torch and spare battery's. Powerful enough to signal with to help us find you.
- Small first aid kit.
- Plastic Survival bag.
- Dry spare clothing in a plastic bag (and put your mobile phone in one too).
- Good ankle supporting boots are a must.
- Waterproofs are also a must for Dartmoor!
Be aware of the standard distress signal……blow/flash SIX times a minute on a whistle/torch, the answer is THREE blasts/flashes. We use horns that are quite distinct from a whistle and carry well in the wind to attract your attention.
As the leader of a group, you will have to decide on the best course of action in the event of an accident:
Whoever goes for help should make a written note with the following information:
As soon as possible, contact the police who co-ordinate all land-based rescue services and have the authority to mobilise all the services. You may need to stay close to the ‘phone to be interviewed by the leader of the mountain rescue team.