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About us

The DCRO is a voluntary organisation, everyone on the call out list gives their time, effort and expertise for free. Therefore the running costs of the organisation are limited to equipment purchase and replacement, equipment insurance, training etc.

The members contribute towards the upkeep of the DCRO but these is inevitably a shortfall and so moneys have to be raised outside of the organisation. The DCRO would like to express its appreciation and thanks to all those people, companies and organisation who have been so supportive and provided us with the means to continue our operations.


The list to sponsors over the years has grown long, here is a recent selection of them

 Giraffe Head Wear

Bridgedale Socks

Kents Cavern


Dartmoor National Park

Western Power Distribution

Co-op Group - Community Dividend Award

Several Local Pubs Have Our collection pots

Totnes Round Table

Plymouth Round Table

Portman Building Society

Mrs Ruth Hull

Ashburton & Buckfast Rotary Club

Chudleigh Coop

Donation - Littleham Primary School

Newton Abbot Rotary Club

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Training and Rescue Practices

Devon Cave Rescue Organisation undergo regular rescue practices in caves and underground locations throughout Devon, and have joint practices with other teams across the region.

The team meet on alternating second Wednesday's or Thursday's of each month, this gives 12 scheduled training, The team also undertake a range of specialist training sessions that are identified to either the appropriate individuals or across the entire membership.


 Wednesday 8th April 2015

 Thursday 14th May 2015

 Wednesday 10th June 2015

 Thursday 9th July 2015

 Wednesday 12th August 2015

 Thursday 10th September 2015

 Wednesday 14th October 2015

 Thursday 12th November 2015

 Wednesday 9th December 2015


Thanks to all those who attended the Last Practice.



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Call Outs

DCRO Call out History 2010 - 2015


May 2011 Cave Rescue Dog Hole

July 2011 Cave Rescue Pridhamsleigh

January 2012 Cave Search Pridhamsleigh

February 2013 Cave Search Pridhamsleigh

May 2013 Ambulance Support Meldon

May 2013 Missing Person Search Paignton

November 2013 Cave Search Chudleigh

February 2014 Mine Search Swimbridge

May 2014 Mine Search Simonsbath

November 2014 Mines Search Owlacombe


Call out history 2005 -2009


Eggesford North Devon - 9th May 2009

Search for missing teenager



Phoenix Mine Minions - 19th March 2009

Dog rescued from mine shaft


Pridhamsleigh Cavern near Ashburton - 11th October 2006

 Youth group - Teenaged Female Rescued From Cave


Pridhamsleigh Cavern near Ashburton - 20th June 2006

School Trip Woman Rescued From Cave

Mine Shaft Hemmerdon Area - 30th January 2006

Police call to Search Mine Shaft

Barnstaple Storm Drain - 16th November 2005

Police call to Search Storm Drain


Alicia Eborne - 16th November 2003

Charlotte Pinkney - 25th & 26th March 2004 & 4th April 2004



Joseph Lister - 14 November 2005


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For further information on Devon Cave Rescue Organisation, please contact one of the officers below:

You will need to copy and paste the email address into your TO: box on your email client as the direct links became infested with junk mail, Sorry!




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Brian Johnson


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Rescue Controller

Jon Whiteley


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Deputy Rescue Controller

Roger King


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Deputy Rescue Controller

Jason Pain


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Deputy Rescue Controller

Brian Johnson


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Deputy Rescue Controller

Paul Johnson



Equipment Officer

Joe Cartwright

Richard Dare



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Training Officer

Julian Mann


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Roger King


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Bernard Page


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Casualty Care Officer

John Penny


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