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Sunday, 17 September 2017

At 10:46, CVSRT received an urgent request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to provide assistance with locating an injured lady who had fallen whilst out walking near Thornton Moor Reservoir and sustained a dislocated shoulder.

22 members were available to respond immediately and within 12minutes team vehicles were mobile and en-route to the location. By 34minutes the casualty had been located and was receiving pain relief for her injury. Once comfortable, the casualty was packaged and stretchered for approx. 1.5 miles off the moors.

CVSRT Doctors smoothly relocated the shoulder before handing over the lady to the ambulance crew for onward journey to hospital.

In attendance: 22 CVSRT

Total Duration: 2hrs 44mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 17 September 2017
  • Location Thornton Moor
  • Grid Reference SE 04993 32299
  • Latitude 53.786987
  • Longitude -1.9256973
  • Man Hours 74.1
  • Members In Attendance 22
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On Thursday 14th September (18:30-20:30), members of CVSRT and SARDA England handlers and dogs will be giving a talk and demonstration as part of the South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival 2017. There will also be an easy, family and dog friendly walk (4miles) with Calderdale Ramblers giving panoramic views of Cragg Vale and Stoodley Pike, before returning to Craggies Café and Farm Shop for refreshments.

For more information and to get involved, please visit: South Pennine Walk & Ride Festival 2017

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Proud to play our part in the community

Saturday, 09 September 2017

Some of you will be aware from reading our previous articles in the Halifax Courier, that all our members, whether they are operational full team members, trainees, active supporters, dogsbodies or training casualties – everyone volunteers their time freely. They all contribute 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 continue to provide a life-saving emergency response service to the community, all in support of the statutory emergency services.

In the last 12months, CVSRT members and active supporters have voluntarily contributed an incredible 14,054 hours to help keep the team going. Of that figure, 3708 hours were on callouts, 5938 hours on training and the remaining 4408 hours were on public events and fundraising. Based on those figures you can see the team is kept very busy with Public Events and Fundraising, which is a massive part of what we do.

Throughout the year we’ve attended 169 community events and fundraisers ranging from; providing safety cover for outdoor activities in remote areas i.e. fell races, organised walks and mountain bike challenges, to Mountain Rescue awareness talks, presentations and base visits for community groups, schools and youth groups. We also got involved with helping the local council with debris and litter clean ups on hard to reach steep ground and waterways.

The popularity of outdoor activities, races in remote areas and extreme sports and challenges has seen our involvement rise rapidly over recent years. In 2010 the team covered approximately 25 events and in this last 12months we’ve covered 169. Obviously covering so many events takes time and commitment from our team of volunteers, and whilst we try and cover as many as possible, unfortunately it’s not always possible to fulfil every request or invite. Our apologies if we’ve had to decline one of your events.

To help our task of selecting which events to support and cover, we have a set of criteria, which we always refer back to. Our raison d'être or reasons for the team’s existence is; to relieve suffering and distress amongst persons affected by accidents or natural hazards. To provide search and rescue, primary casualty care, emergency equipment and person-power in remote areas or hard to reach locations, and to provide training or education to persons involved in outdoor activities. By following these simple guidelines, we hope maximise our members time, focus on activities which the team may realistically be called out to assist with should an incident occur, and for us to thank the community for supporting us.

Whilst all our team members give their time freely, we do request a donation for our services on events. It’s worth remembering that it costs approximately £40,000 per year to remain operational. CVSRT is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity and receives 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 our volunteers.

Are you planning an outdoor activity, sporting event or extreme challenge that would benefit from our specialist emergency services? If so, please contact our Public Events Officer to check the team’s availability and to discuss your requirements. Please help us to help you by checking our selection criteria first to avoid disappointment.

Contact us to discuss your next event…

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Reek Sunday, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland.

A ballistic flight from England to Ireland. 50minutes in the air, barely enough time to get the trolley around let alone drink the two bottles of wine the woman beside me buys. We land at Knock International Airport with a runway built to 747 landing standards so the Pope could land to visit the Basilica. Welcome to Knock Airport, gateway to Croagh Patrick, Curach Phádraig, the mountain of Saint Patrick. To the locals, ‘The Reek’.

Car hires collected, turn left off the airport grounds straight onto a single track road with passing places, turn right onto a narrower road with no passing places. Not exactly the easiest airport to access in the country. Eventually we join the N5, and off to the hostel at the base of the mountain. It would be another 40 hours before we’d get a glimpse of the top since it was hidden beneath the clag from the moist air driven up from the Atlantic.  With its top less than 1km from the sea, and rising 764m from the coast, Croagh Patrick is notorious for poor weather. With an average gradient of 28 degrees and its steepest section at 44 degrees, this was where we were to be stationed with other mountain rescue teams from across Ireland for the holy day of pilgrimage called Reek Sunday.

Reek Sunday pilgrims follow the path of Irelands patron Saint Patrick, who is said to have walked up the mountain barefoot, to sleep at the top and perform a service at sunrise the next day. No pagan connotations obviously. Pilgrims do the same, walking the mountain, many barefoot, at some point over the last weekend in July. Many make the ascent to attend one of the hourly masses performed at the summit church. Numbers have declined in recent years and long gone are the heydays of Reek Sunday where over 50,000 people could be expected on the mountain.

After a break from travel we made our way to dinner at the local eating pub. Another short trip to the drinking pub, where we were due to meet members of Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) and a few more local beverages before bed.

Saturday morning, everyone ready, vehicles packed, and off we were to Doo Lough at the base of Ben Bury to train with the DWMRT kit that we would be using for the weekend. Different stretchers, team calls, movement patterns; all had to be worked through so we could function as one on the mountain on Sunday. A few hours working, talking, grunting, pushing and lowering, and it was time for lunch at the local farm shop. Food ordered, chatting with the owner who was stunned that we had come over from Yorkshire, before being told that food was on the house for everyone. We were stunned and appreciated the generosity, each of us leaving a substantial tip to cover part of what we gorged.

Back to the hostel and people’s feet were getting itchy for the mountain. Five of us ditched kit from our bags, stashed our MR branded gear and went for a fast moving hike up the mountain. An hour and twenty minutes later we were on the top. It was sinking in how difficult a mountain this was going to be to perform a rescue off with the constantly moving scree and boulders of the Cone. A poor weather forecast for the day ahead was going to give us a very tough day with high probability of no helicopter cover. Before we descended we were treated to a break in the clouds and the view over Clew Bay. Looking down we realised how arduous a walk this would be for the pilgrims the next day, many of whom you would not class as hill walkers, let alone members of our outdoor community.

Gear was packed away, bags ready for the early morning start, before we drove to Westport for a team meal with CVSRT and DWMRT members. Three courses later, bloated and sleepy we were told to put our money away as the Dublin & Wicklow team were picking up the bill. Again, random acts of kindness were truly appreciated. 9pm, a final kit check, hill food made, bags into the car for a 2am start. Bedtime.

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0200 – Up, kit on, toilet stop #1, coffee, second coffee, toast, third coffee, toilet #2.

0230 – In the car, roll from hostel towards Mayo Mountain Rescue Team base a 40 minutes drive away.

0320 – Coffee, stew for breakfast. Unpack team kit and split among all members, pack the rest onto the stretcher with carry strops and wheel attached.

0400 – Leave the base, head up the first part of the Reek, a bog, tussocks, drag kit up.

0455 – Reach the shoulder, head for med tent, 300m vertical height gained, rest for 10mins while waiting for deployment. We know we’re going to the top, DWMRT always get the top.
Pilgrims are already walking to the top in the traditional ascent at night. Some are more ‘worse for wear’ than others, maybe a few too many drinks under their belts!?

0505 – Radio shout to deploy to the top, surprised? …not at all. Thank you sir, may we have another?

0600 – In position 60 minutes earlier than any previous year, worked very well as a team despite the amount of walkers already coming down from the summit. 400m height gained. Very tired now.

0600 – 0730 – Spread across the summit and 100m below the summit. Sat in a group shelter talking with other DWMRT members, occasionally looking out to make sure no one was injured or requiring assistance. Relatively quiet, but constant stream of pilgrims. Likely lads in local football jerseys come past fresh from the nightclub, chanting something unprintable about pilgrimage and penitence.

0736 – Redeployment to the base of the cone…400m below us. We redeploy 200m lower at a known hotspot that wasn’t being covered at the time. Lowering the stretcher on a V-belay with kit in a body-shaped bivvi bag, which raised a few eyebrows and quite a few explanations needed to passers-by. UK accents garner some very confused looks from the locals. The legacy of Cromwell is not forgotten easily in these parts. Local belligerence is amusing to our fellow Irish MRT members.

0800 – 0915 – Group shelters again, out of the fall line while the weather turns grim. Four shelters in a row like a line of giant mutant Skittles. Lots of people now, constant stream of them, very quiet, visibility about 20m at best.

0900 – We get out to stretch our legs. Visibility up to about 40m and we spent some time out watching the parade of silent, focused ‘zombies’ trudge past with the occasional stumble. The odd person takes the faster, safer fell race route down.

0900ish – A fast descending walker takes a fall, lands face first, tumbles a further 20m before coming to a rest. We wait to see if he gets up. He doesn’t. DWMRT member crosses the moraine to him. Arm flag, paramedic crosses. Arm flag, two more over, two more up to stop falling rocks and move people out of the rock trap above. Rest of us strip the stretcher for med kit, and ropes. It’s a definite carry out. We’re on a 40degree gradient with a lot of loose rock above and below us.

0900-0930 – Bleeding stemmed, arm and shoulder splinted, pain care underway. We move across moraine with all team kit, pilgrims are kindly persuaded to move aside so we can get there.

0930-0945 – Patient packaged, medication administered, a lot of screaming, kisu doing well as a visual block. Many people walking over to see what’s occurring, politely asked to move along just in case they may get hit with a rock from above. They only move when we point out their safety.

At some point, the clag started to lift and we heard a helicopter inbound. A Coastguard S92 landed, we made direct contact to find out if we could use it, sadly it was for a casualty with a cardiac that had occurred. We were notified that 5 incidents had occurred within 20mins of each other. ICRO – Irish Cave Rescue, were acting as runners trying to get more kit on the hill where it was needed.

0945-1030 – Moving belay with 10 on a V back rope attached to stretcher with 6 out riggers and one navigator/person herder at the front. Strenuous moving the stretcher down the steep slope with meter high steps where brute force is the only option. Regular stops to check the casualty’s ABCs and reassess what we were planning. Finally, flat ground, wheel stretcher to med tent.

As we arrive at the med tent, we are told we’ve an inbound helicopter from the Air Corps - worried about the head injury the casualty had sustained, immediate air evacuation is advised. Looking back, we see two more teams split and head for a single point high up the hill, a sixth injury. All stretchers are currently occupied. New teams are moving up for shift change and go into action, moving their kit into place having had no rest from the initial movement from the ground level base to the shoulder of the Reek. They get a further 7 injuries in the next 6 hours. Coastguard and Air Corps helicopters provide amazing air support when the weather allows it. We were very lucky that the casualties happened later in the day when the clag lifted.

1035 – Quick team briefing on the helicopter type we have inbound. Military craft we don’t normally deal with. Smoke popped. Heli lands hot and stays hot. Casualty transferred to heli stretcher. Paramedics handover. Load casualty onto heli, downwash directly under rotor is less than a S92, which was not as bad as expected. Casualty is flown direct to Castlebar hospital for urgent medical assistance.

1050 – We end our shift in 10mins. Team debrief from DWMRT paramedic and Team Leader. Repack stretcher to leave the Reek. Radio to control base that we are off-call. General feeling of being a useful member of society prevails in the team. Time to walk off. Pack kit again.

1140 – Get to car, change into dry clothes, eat two bowls of stew and a packet of Fruit Pastels.

1200 – Drive back to airport. Ditch rental car. Check in. Drink a beer. Get on plane. Sleep.
More please.

Greg May
CVSRT Probationary Member

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1036

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Today CVSRT members have been providing safety cover for an organised downhill mountain bike event at the Havok Bike Park, which is nestled in dense steep woodland near Cornholme.

Mid-way through the morning CVSRT members were called away to assist with an incident near Brontë Falls, Haworth (Incident #1034) before returning to continue the safety cover at the event. Thankfully the events passed by with only two incidents that required our assistance.

Incident #1035
A rider fell off and sustained an ankle injury. Team members provided pain relief and the casualty was stretchered to the car park where his friend transported him to hospital for further medical assistance.

Incident #1036
A rider was heard to crash by two team members. He had sustained a cut but was up and walking around so appeared to be ok, however ten minutes after the crash he was exhibiting signs of mild concussion. He was cared for at the scene by a team doctor.

CVSRT would like to thank the organisers for holding a prize raffle to help raise funds for the team.

In attendance: 7 CVSRT

Total Duration: 7hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 27 August 2017
  • Location Havok Bike Park
  • Grid Reference SD901259
  • Latitude 53.730226
  • Longitude -2.1513033
  • Man Hours 49
  • Members In Attendance 7
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1035

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Today CVSRT members have been providing safety cover for an organised downhill mountain bike event at the Havok Bike Park, which is nestled in dense steep woodland near Cornholme.

Mid-way through the morning CVSRT members were called away to assist with an incident near Brontë Falls, Haworth (Incident #1034) before returning to continue the safety cover at the event. Thankfully the events passed by with only two incidents that required our assistance.

Incident #1035
A rider fell off and sustained an ankle injury. Team members provided pain relief and the casualty was stretchered to the car park where his friend transported him to hospital for further medical assistance.

Incident #1036
A rider was heard to crash by two team members. He had sustained a cut but was up and walking around so appeared to be ok, however ten minutes after the crash he was exhibiting signs of mild concussion. He was cared for at the scene by a team doctor.

CVSRT would like to thank the organisers for holding a prize raffle to help raise funds for the team.

In attendance: 7 CVSRT
Total Duration: 7hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 27 August 2017
  • Location Havok Bike Park
  • Grid Reference SD901259
  • Latitude 53.730226
  • Longitude -2.1513033
  • Man Hours 49
  • Members In Attendance 7
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Monday, 14 August 2017

CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the on going search for 70yo Barry Nicholson who was reported missing from his home on Sunday evening (13th).

25 members with 2 search dogs were tasked with searching areas of interest looking for the gentleman. Unfortunately we didn’t find him and at 3am the team were stood down.

Sadly the body of Mr Nicholson was found in the river two days later.
Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

In attendance: 25 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police

Total Duration: 6hrs 31mins

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 14 August 2017
  • Location Brighouse
  • Grid Reference SE 15749 22040
  • Latitude 53.694569
  • Longitude -1.7629653
  • Man Hours 162.9
  • Members In Attendance 25
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1034

Sunday, 27 August 2017

At 11:06, CVSRT was alerted to an incident near Brontë Falls, Stanbury where a 61yo lady had fallen whilst out walking with her husband, and sustained a suspected elbow fracture.

20 CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and made their way to the location either in team vehicles or directly. Team members were quickly on-scene and located the lady who was able to walk up to the main track to receive medical assistance from a team doctor.

Pain relief was given and her arm was splinted before a team member transported the casualty to hospital for further treatment.

In attendance: 20 CVSRT
Total Duration: 2hrs 54mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 27 August 2017
  • Location Brontë Falls, Stanbury
  • Grid Reference SD994361
  • Latitude 53.821492
  • Longitude -2.0092320
  • Man Hours 51.5
  • Members In Attendance 20
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1033

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

At 16:54, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with locating a vehicle that had left the A629 (Cross Hills).

Team members were stood down en-route as the vehicle was found and all occupants were accounted for.

In attendance: 13 CVSRT
Total Duration: 16mins

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 23 August 2017
  • Location A629 Silsden
  • Grid Reference SE 02177 45258
  • Latitude 53.903481
  • Longitude -1.9683517
  • Man Hours 3.5
  • Members In Attendance 13
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