CVSRT - Items filtered by date: June 2017


27 Jun 2017

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a 58yr female with ankle injury.

In attendance: 36 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 1hr 4mins

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 27 June 2017
  • Location Judy Woods, Shelf
  • Grid Reference SE 12644 28368
  • Latitude 53.751528
  • Longitude -1.8097401
  • Man Hours 38.7
  • Members In Attendance 36


23 Jun 2017

CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with evacuation of an injured man who had fallen down an embankment injuring himself.

In attendance: 19 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
YAS Hazardous Area Response Team

Total Duration: 2hrs 50mins

Additional Info

  • Date Friday, 23 June 2017
  • Location Angel Road, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE 08472 25709
  • Latitude 53.727713
  • Longitude 1.8730728
  • Man Hours 50.2
  • Members In Attendance 19


21 Jun 2017

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a 18yr female found unconscious near Chellow Dene Reservoir.

In attendance: 13 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 1hrs 3mins

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 21 June 2017
  • Location West Bradford Golf Club
  • Grid Reference SE 12145 35121
  • Latitude 53.812236
  • Longitude -1.8170365
  • Man Hours 17.6
  • Members In Attendance 13


19 Jun 2017

Request from Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team to assist Bolton Mountain Rescue Team and the fire service in locating a 16yr male, who had entered Greenbooth Reservoir and not resurfaced.

Tragically the teenager died. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

In attendance: 19 CVSRT
Greater Manchester Police (GMP)
Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT)

Total Duration: 2hrs 52mins

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 19 June 2017
  • Location Greenbooth Reservoir, Rochdale
  • Grid Reference SD 85384 15242
  • Latitude 53.633494
  • Longitude -2.0101549
  • Man Hours 39.4
  • Members In Attendance 19

It is with great pleasure we can announce that our president of 23years, Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and will be awarded the M.B.E. for services to the community in Calder Valley and Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Bob, who is a retired chartered accountant and financial director, has been a stalwart supporter for 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.

His connection with Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team was borne out of tragedy when his son Robert was sadly 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.

In 1994, Bob was made honorary president and is only our second president since the team’s formation in 1966, Miss Phyllis Oakley was the first. During his tenure with the search team, Bob was instrumental in fundraising £100,000 to help build our current base, The Rescue Post in Mytholmroyd.

CVSRT are extremely pleased for Bob and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate. He truly is a fine gentleman and we sincerely thank him for all his years of support for the team.


Official Notice:

Order of the British Empire Civil Division

Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood

St. James’s Palace, London SW1  17 June 2017

THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the Celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday, to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire: M.B.E.

To be Ordinary Members of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order:

Robert David UTTLEY

For services to the community in Calder Valley and Todmorden, West Yorkshire..


On 27th January 2017, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team was alerted by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to an incident [Incident 990] involving a 21yo mountain biker who had fallen off his bike whilst riding near Otley Chevin sustaining chest and shoulder injuries.

17 team members were available to respond immediately and made their way in team vehicles or directly to the casualty’s location. Once on-scene, team members quickly packaged the injured rider in a vacuum mattress and transferred him to the ambulance nearby for onward journey to hospital.

After the team hands over the casualty to the ambulance service our involvement usually ends, apart from an update from the hospital on the patients wellbeing, or a thank you letter or mention on social media.

However on this occasion, members of the casualties family recently contacted the team to say they were extremely thankful for the teams help and mentioned they wanted to show their appreciation by doing a skydive to help raise funds for us.

Ok, so can we take this opportunity to say… once we’ve rescued someone, we don’t expect all our casualties or family members to throw themselves out of an aeroplane for the benefit of the team! That said, CVSRT are extremely grateful that folk feel compelled to go to extraordinary lengths to raise awareness and funds for us.

The charity skydive happened last week, (Friday 16th June) at Skydive GB, near Bridlington, and we can thankfully confirm that Debbie Forrest, Richard Fenty and Simon Manning all made it safely back to blighty in one piece. They have also confirmed that the casualty is making good progress and should make a full recovery.

The adventurous trio are still accepting donations, so if you would like to sponsor them please do so via:

We will announce the final amount raised once all sponsorship has been collected.

Thank you


11 Jun 2017

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of an injured 70yr old male who had sustained a suspected fractured ankle.

Three team members went direct and were able to arrive on-scene very quickly and spoke the the ambulance crew who confirmed that the casualty had crawled 300 foot to edge of track were the paramedics could assist him.

CVSRT not required. Stand down en-route.

In attendance: 20 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 45mins

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 10 June 2017
  • Location Hardcastle Crags
  • Grid Reference SD 98435 29205
  • Latitude 53.759200
  • Longitude -2.0252172
  • Man Hours 14.9
  • Members In Attendance 20

This last week was Volunteers’ Week, which celebrated the contribution millions of volunteers make every single day across the UK. It takes place every year from 1st – 7th June and is organised by The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. So how do volunteers make a difference within our communities?

Well, it’s not an overstatement to say that Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) wouldn’t exist without them. All our members, whether they are operational team members, trainees, active supporters, dogsbodies or training casualties – everyone volunteers their time freely. They all sacrifice precious time that could be spent with their families and instead they dedicate this time to ensure the smooth running of the team, allowing us to provide a life-saving emergency response service to the community, all in support of the statutory emergency services.

As some of you are aware, CVSRT is a registered charity, which costs approximately £40,000 per year to remain operational – we receive no direct funding from the council or government. This amount is raised entirely through fundraising and donations from the community and local businesses. All donations go directly towards keeping a roof over our base in Mytholmroyd, maintaining our emergency response vehicles, purchasing essential equipment and paying for training to develop specialist skills. None of this would be possible without volunteers.

In the latest Community Life survey (2015-16) commissioned by the Cabinet Office to provide statistics on issues that are key to encouraging social action and empowering communities (including volunteering, charitable giving and community engagement), 47% of people volunteer on a regular basis with 70% of the people partaking in a voluntary capacity during the year. Within the same period, 73% of people gave to a charity regularly, with 68% of people agreeing that their neighbourhood pulls together to improve the area and is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together, which is the highest level recorded (since 2003). The survey concluded by stating that an average of 7.9 out of 10 people felt satisfied with their life – again the highest level recorded since 2012-13.

By volunteering or supporting volunteers, you are allowing organisations like us, to make a real difference within the community. There are many ways to support CVSRT. Perhaps you could volunteer as a dogsbody or training casualty. These roles play an integral part of the teams continued training programme and development as a search and rescue resource. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with our training exercises to make them as life-like as possible (over 18yrs only).

Our members come from all walks of life, professions and backgrounds, all bringing something different to the mix to build a stronger team. The same can be said for the community around us. Perhaps you have a particular skill or professional trade, service or product that you could contribute, like helping with our building or vehicles maintenance, or donating non-perishable supplies that will help fuel the team!

You can make a real difference by joining our Supporters Group and help us plan ahead. Annual joining fees are £12 for individuals, £20 for groups/families and £45 for companies. You will receive invitations to all our social gatherings and fundraising events as well as our quarterly newsletter and annual report. You will also be encouraged to visit The Rescue Post in Mytholmroyd to meet team and search dogs.

Feeling inspired? Get involved and make a difference today, we’d love to hear from you if any of these appeal. Visit:

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are very pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for the ‘Local Charity of the Year 2017’ scheme at Sainsbury’s Brighouse and at the convenience store in Mytholmroyd.

Each Sainsbury’s supermarket and convenience store has shortlisted a maximum of three charities to put forward for the customer vote. Customers can vote online by visiting: or via the in-store voting system.

Vote online by…

1. Visiting: 
2. Searching: 'Brighouse' and 'Mytholmroyd' 
3. Voting: Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team
4. Sharing and Telling: All your family and friends!  

Or you can vote at your local supermarket or convenience using the in-store voting system.

The winning charity will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness raising.

Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year is now in it’s eighth year and has raised over £11 million for local charities across the UK.

Voting opens Monday 12th June until 25th June.  The winner will be announced on 10th July. 

CVSRT would like to wish all the shortlisted charities the best of luck !!

Back in 2015, an author called Cathy Dyson contacted the team asking for assistance with a book she was writing. We were happy to help and provided some advice on how to remain safe whilst out exploring the remote regions of the countryside, and also what to do in the event of an emergency and you require urgent medical assistance.

In return for our contribution, Cathy is kindly donating a percentage to CVSRT from the sale of the book.

‘Navigate your way around… South Pennines’ has now been published and is available to purchase online. >CLICK HERE<

About the book
The South Pennines covers an easily accessible area within one hour of where seven million of us live. It is packed full of wonderful moorland, industrial archaeology, ancient stone carvings, peaceful canals and picturesque villages. The landscape is varied and rugged but also a friendly and accessible training ground for beginner and more competent navigators alike. The walks are of different lengths and are grouped by navigation level. You are introduced to simple techniques gradually and have lots of opportunity to try things out with practical in-field activities.

Also available online from Amazon and Waterstones.

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