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Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth

The Dartmoor Rescue Group was started in 1968 in the Tavistock area when a small group of local moorland enthusiasts started helping the police with search and rescue on Dartmoor. In due course a recognised official rescue team was formed which became affiliated to the Mountain Rescue Council. Currently the Group consists of four Search and Rescue Teams (SART) based in Ashburton, Okehampton, Tavistock and Plymouth. Each team is a separate charity and is capable of functioning independently. However the teams frequently operate together and so each team is part of the Dartmoor Rescue Group which is a separate charity and which co-ordinates common training, equipment and communications issues and is the main contact point for outside organisations

8 October 2015
South West
Other, Medical, Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth (DSRTP) is a voluntary organisation which is available through the Police and other authorities, to give assistance to those lost or injured in Devon and Cornwall. Members receive training in the care and recovery of dementia suffers. Since January 2012, 50% of callouts have been for casualties with mental health issues. The DSRTP is a registered charity with a membership of fifty.           

2) What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

To ensure that DSRTP members receive appropriate training in the care of those people with dementia.



Member contacts

Colin Sturmer

Chairman - Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth


2. Actions

  • Quality Training

    To source the best training for members of the DSRTP in dealing with dementia in a search and rescue situation.

    Implementation, Delivery

    Update – First Quarter  

    Update – Second Quarter

    Update – Third Quarter

    Update – Fourth Quarter


  • Dementia Awareness

    To ensure that the DSRTP is kept informed of any new developments and techniques in the care of dementia.


    Update – First Quarter  

    Update – Second Quarter

    Update – Third Quarter

    Update – Fourth Quarter