East Cornwall Search and Rescue Team is a local charity (CIO number 1184106) based in Bodmin, Cornwall and is made up entirely of volunteers who provide an inland search and rescue service across the East Cornwall area.

Covering rural areas from Goss Moor to Bodmin Moor, it also responds to incidents in more urban and semi rural areas from St Austell to Bude, and we operate in other areas across the South West and further afield to provide assistance to other teams as required.

ECSRT is a member of the Peninsular Mountain and Cave Rescue Association, the coordinating region of Mountain Rescue England and Wales.


East Cornwall SRT is proud to be one of the many mountain rescue teams operating across England and Wales. This requires us to be competent in many disciplines which we regularly use on incidents. In order to provide a 24/7 response every day of the year we operate a specialist four wheel drive ambulance and Incident Support vehicle from our Rescue Centre in Bodmin.

    • Open Area Search.

Whether a semi rural search for a missing elderly person or a major moorland search in harsh conditions, our core work is responding to missing person searches for Devon and Cornwall Police. We have one Mountain Rescue Search Dog and three additional trailing dogs who can follow the specific scent of a missing person.

    • Moorland Rescue.

The teams specialist rescue equipment including helicopter winchable stretchers, thermal casualty bags or rescue vehicles are regularly used by South Western Ambulance Service and the police for rescues from difficult to reach areas such as Bodmin Moor or Golitha Falls.

    • Rope Rescue.

Whether it’s a rescue from an inland crag or quarry, or a technical stretcher evacuation from a gorge or mineshaft, the team maintains a skilled core of members trained to national standards.

    • Swiftwater and Flood Rescue.

All ECSRT members are trained to work safely around water, with some members qualified as specialist Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technicians, competent in responding to urban flooding, vehicles stuck in flood water, or riverbank searches. We also have a powered rescue boat team to assist these operations.

    • Casualty Care.

Many members have completed that MREW Casualty Care certificate which allows us to deliver high quality and effective patient care in the most remote and hostile environments. They are qualified to give various medications and effective pain relief in order to stabilise casualties for protracted rescues and immediate life saving care.

We also assist local community events to provide rescue and medical cover. Many of these events would not be able to operate without the support from ECSRT.