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Are you a local student who wants to save lives by volunteering as part of a search and rescue team?

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Are you a local student who wants to save lives by volunteering as part of a search and rescue team?
by Jade Dyer - Tuesday, 8 November 2016, 9:26 AM

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth are recruiting new members this November. They provide search and rescue coverage for Plymouth and the surrounding areas of Dartmoor. Call outs can range from rescuing injured walkers to searching for missing people. The team have a fantastic bond with each other and give up their free time to help save others. They can be called out to help at any time of the year, at any time of day or night and in all weathers. The nature of their work is not easy; however it is very rewarding to know that you have made a difference, whether that is by saving a life or reuniting someone with their loved ones. Please watch the video that accompanies this post to find out more about who the team are and what they actually do.  

Applicants need to be at least 18 years old, but there is no upper age limit. You need to be able to demonstrate knowledge of Dartmoor and be an experienced and capable walker. You will be given training in the special skills that are required, but if accepted as a member you are expected to have the appropriate kit and knowledge to be self-sufficient on the moor for up to 24 hours.

Please be aware that being part of the team involves a very high level of commitment, as they provide an important, life-saving service for our area. You will need to be able to commit to a considerable amount of training and have good availability for call outs. The team trains every single week in order to maintain its high level of expertise. Please appreciate that this is a serious and important search and rescue team; it’s not just a fun rambling club. However, if you are able to commit then this could be a fantastic opportunity for you.

Another requirement is that you need to be local to the Plymouth area. Unfortunately this means that if you have moved to Plymouth for your course then the team will be unable to consider your application until after you have graduated and demonstrated that you are remaining in the area. The team are a charity so need to know that they are making a good investment with their time and money into a creating a long term member when they train you. Please don’t be disheartened if you are not local to the Plymouth area, as the team usually take on new recruits each year so you could apply in a few years when you have graduated (if you plan to stay in the area).

More information about the team can be found at . Please consider this information prior to applying to ensure that you are able to seriously commit to the team, and that being a member is right for you.

If you would like to apply, please email me at and I will pass on your details to the team’s Training Officer, who will then be in further contact with an application form. The induction day will take place on the moor in November (date to be confirmed).

You can find the video here: