CVSRT - Items filtered by date: March 2018


27 Mar 2018

CVSRT assisted West Yorkshire Police with the search for 54yr old despondent male.

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 27 March 2018
  • Location Allerton, Bradford
  • Grid Reference SE 11116 34344
  • Latitude 53.805271
  • Longitude -1.8326900
  • Man Hours 38.2
  • Members In Attendance 10


26 Mar 2018

CVSRT received a request from HVMRT to provide additional support in search the for a vulnerable missing 59yr old man.

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 26 March 2018
  • Location Penny Lane, Huddersfield
  • Grid Reference SE 17749 16356
  • Latitude 53.643415
  • Longitude -1.7330050
  • Man Hours 132.5
  • Members In Attendance 53

History was made this week when CVSRT honorary president, Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley MBE retired from the position he has held since 1994 and handed over the reins to president elect Mr David Whitteron.

A presentation evening was held at The Rescue Post where Bob was presented with the MREW Long Service Certificate, by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Squadron Leader David Dinmore MBE DL RAF (Rtd). He was also offered the role of Lifetime Vice President by CVSRT Team Leader Ben Carter, which Bob gratefully accepted. 

At an earlier presentation, Bob was also awarded a Certificate of Loyal Service in appreciation and recognition of service to Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team by West Yorkshire Police. The certificate was presented by Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead on behalf of Chief Constable Dee Collins. At the same presentation Mr Whitehead also presented CVSRT with a donation of £2000, which the team gratefully accepted. 

During the evening, invited guests and the team enjoyed tributes to Bob from a past Team Leader, Mr Peter Smith OBE and the current Team Leader Mr Ben Carter, followed by a response from Bob. The evening concluded with a formal handover of the role and a ceremonial ice axe to president elect, Mr David Whitteron. Refreshments were served afterwards at the Dusty Miller in Mytholmroyd.

Bob Uttley has been a stalwart supporter of the local community for many years with strong connections to various organistions in Todmorden including; the Choral Society, St Mary’s Church Choir and Walking Groups and is a keen Walsden and Todmorden cricket follower. He was also the captain at Todmorden Golf club in 1973, club president in the early 1990s and ground officer between 1974-1987. Most recently, Bob was awarded the MBE for his services to the community in Calder Valley and Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

His connection with CVSRT was sadly borne out of tragedy when his son Robert was killed whilst climbing Annapurna III in the Himalayas during a whiteout in 1983. Robert had been a member of CVSRT for a number of years. During his tenure, Bob was instrumental in fundraising £100,000 to help build the team’s current base - The Rescue Post in Mytholmroyd, for which we will be eternally grateful. CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob for his incredible support over the years and wish him a very long and happy retirement from the role.

We would also like to welcome and introduce Mr David Whitteron as our new honorary president. David is only the third president since the team’s formation in 1966 - Miss Phyllis Oakley was the first.

David is a retired Police Chief Inspector with over 47years with the Police Service – a career that started in 1965 as a Police Cadet and he retired from the service in 2013. He is also no stranger to CVSRT or the area as he was an operational team member during the 1990’s. 

During his long and distinguished career where he moved through the ranks from a patrol Sergeant in 1974 and after 18 months in uniform he was appointed Detective Sergeant, where he served on the Drugs Squad in Bradford, CID in Dewsbury, Burglary Squad in Mirfield and on the Western Area Task Force. During that time he was seconded to a number of murder investigations including that of the Yorkshire Ripper.

In 1982 he was promoted Detective Inspector and served in the CID at Huddersfield, before being seconded to Police Headquarters where he was responsible for computerising Crime Reporting then for the computerisation of Major Crime Enquiries. Between 1985 and 1988 he was responsible for the establishment and management of computerised Major Incident Rooms throughout West Yorkshire, utilising the HOLMES system. (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System.)

As a result of his vast experience in this field he was seconded, as a Detective Chief Inspector, to the Home Office, where he became National HOLMES adviser. This work took him around most forces in the British Isles advising them on many murder investigations. During this time he also lectured at the Police Staff College at Bramshill.

He returned to West Yorkshire and resumed uniform duties at Brighouse for a number of years where he was the Local Section Commander. He was transferred to Millgarth in central Leeds in 1996, where amongst other matters he took command of the football Euro 96 Policing Operation in the city. He was initially in charge of uniform policing followed by a period in charge of the CID.

CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome David back into the team and wish him well as our new president.

During the weekend of 17th & 18th March, CVSRT provided assistance to our emergency services:

Saturday 17th March
CVSRT were alerted to an incident involving a hypothermic mountain biker at Warland Reservoir who required assistance. The rider had managed to find shelter but was unable to continue with his ride. Five members were deployed to locate the rider, provide casualty care and transfer him to a place of safety.

During the day, weather warnings had been issued for the region and by early evening the wintery conditions began to take hold so CVSRT was placed on stand-by to assist the emergency services if required.

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of a casualty who was suffering with chest pain. Ten team members were deployed to the scene to help the crew to transfer the casualty to the ambulance.

Due to the worsening weather conditions, CVSRT members continued to provide emergency assistance throughout the night. Here’s a brief summary:

CVSRT called to assist YAS with the evacuation of an 80yo female from an address in Halifax.

Sunday 18th March
Team members were alerted to an incident at Dean Clough, Halifax where a 64yo male had fallen and sustained facial injuries. CM3 was deployed to find the casualty and transport him to A&E.

CVSRT received a request form YAS to assist with a 77yo male who was having breathing difficulties. Within 15mins the team were on-scene and evacuated the casualty to the ambulance. By 03:00 the team returned to the Rescue Post to wait for the next tasking.

CVSRT received a request from Oldham Mountain Rescue Team to assist with an incident involving a coach with 18 passengers on board that was stranded on Blackstone Edge Road.

CM3 assisted a motorist who had become stuck in the wintery conditions near Scammonden.

CVSRT called to assist YAS with the evacuation of a casualty from an inaccessible residential property. Ambulance crew actually managed to evacuate the casualty themselves, however team vehicles remained close by whilst the ambulance had returned to the main road.

CVSRT received a request for assistance from YAS with the evacuation of a young female who required urgent medical assistance from an isolated location near Hardcastle Crags. Due to the remote location and the urgency, CVSRT requested the assistance of the HM Coastguard from Humberside (Rescue 912).

Once the casualty was packaged and loaded onto the helicopter, she was airlifted to Saville Park, Halifax and handed over to the ambulance crew for onward journey to Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Whilst dealing with previous incident, it became apparent that several vehicles were stuck in the snow with stranded passengers on the A6033. CVSRT members proceeded to move the occupants to a place of safety or turned vehicles around and directed them back down towards Hebden Bridge.


18 Mar 2018

CVSRT received a request from OMRT to assist in search for a missing couple who had left the Moorcock Public House (Blackstone Edge) and wandered onto moors toward The White House Public House.

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 18 March 2018
  • Location Blackstone Edge
  • Grid Reference SD 97255 15944
  • Latitude 53.639999
  • Longitude -2.0430000
  • Man Hours 6.7
  • Members In Attendance 20


18 Mar 2018

CVSRT provided assistance to the community during adverse weather conditions.

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 18 March 2018
  • Location Pecket Well
  • Grid Reference SE 00191 28299
  • Latitude 53.751060
  • Longitude -1.9985900
  • Man Hours 51
  • Members In Attendance 17


18 Mar 2018

CVSRT called to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service with the evacuation of a 32yr old female at an isolated location with no access for ambulance.

Fell party also sent to Saville Park, Halifax to create landing zone for HMCG-S92.

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 18 March 2018
  • Location Abel Cote Farm, Heptonstall
  • Grid Reference SD 98736 28068
  • Latitude 53.748981
  • Longitude -2.0206399
  • Man Hours 51
  • Members In Attendance 21


17 Mar 2018

CVSRT called to assist West Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service during adverse snow conditions.

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 17 March 2018
  • Location Calder Valley
  • Grid Reference SE 01245 25990
  • Latitude 53.730309
  • Longitude -1.9826130
  • Man Hours 147.1
  • Members In Attendance 18


17 Mar 2018

CVSRT called to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service with an 80yr old female with chest pains. RRV unable to get to casualty due to adverse weather.

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 17 March 2018
  • Location Queensbury
  • Grid Reference SE 08860 30059
  • Latitude 53.766804
  • Longitude -1.8670644
  • Man Hours 29.3
  • Members In Attendance 10


17 Mar 2018

CVSRT called to assist RPMRT with evacuation of hypothermic mountain biker.

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 17 March 2018
  • Location Warland Reservoir
  • Grid Reference SD 94612 20197
  • Latitude 53.678211
  • Longitude -2.0830500
  • Man Hours 12.2
  • Members In Attendance 6
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