SPECIALIST SKILL TEAMS
DSRT Tavistock comprises around 45 callout members who have different skillsets and experience, above and beyond that of being a MREW Hill Party Member. All team members have to undergo training to achieve the standards required to be a member of Mountain Rescue and are the back-bone of the team.
MREW Cas Carers are trained to a high level of remote medical care provision. Continued training is given by the team’s many doctors and healthcare professionals.
Hasties have, amongst other skills, extensive experience in trail running and are deployed by search managers to search possible routes a missing person may have taken when travelling light.
The Rope Team is trained to carry out rescue on steep ground and on crags, where rope systems and potential stretcher hauls have to be rigged safely and in difficult conditions.
DSRT Tavistock currently has four operational Search Dogs. Both dogs and trainers have undergo years of training before being qualified as operational in MREW.
Advanced off-road driving is a crucial requirement of the team, with some members undergoing Advanced Driver Training for the team’s two 4×4 vehicles.
The Water Team undergoes extra professional training to meet international rescue standards, alongside the Fire Service.