At 11:25 Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received its first callout request of the day from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with an injured male mountain biker who had fallen from his ride in the Oxenhope area. Very shortly after the full team callout had started, we received news that the ambulance crew with assistance from some very kind members of the public had helped the injured rider to the ambulance. The team were promptly stood down.
However at 11:50 CVSRT received a second request for assistance from Yorkshire Ambulance Service and West Yorkshire Police to locate a female walker near Stoodley Pike who had slipped on black ice sustaining a very painful ankle injury.
20 CVSRT members were available to respond and immediately made their way to the location. Once on-scene team members treated the casualty for an isolated ankle injury, providing pain relief and splinting. Once the casualty was more comfortable, she was packaged and transferred by stretcher to a road ambulance for onward journey to hospital.
In attendance: 20 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
West Yorkshire Police
Duration: 2hrs 42mins
- Date Sunday, 07 January 2018
- Location Stoodley Pike
- Grid Reference SD 96377 23115
- Latitude 53.704452
- Longitude -2.0563589
- Man Hours 64.2
- Members In Attendance 20
Team members were alerted by Yorkshire Ambulance Service at 12:59 to reports of an injured fell runner who had sustained a leg injury and was unable to move in the area near Bronte Falls.
Within a few minutes the first response vehicle was en-route to scene with the other three vehicles all away from their bases by 13:17 along with local team members going direct.
Once the first team members were on scene the casualty was treated by team medics for his leg injury, the casualty was then stretchered up the hill and to the road head, during this time conditions on the hill changed and what was a pleasant winters day soon turned into heavy rain and cold wind showing just why you need to be prepared for all conditions when out on the moors.
Once at the road head the casualty’s friends offered to take him direct to A&E in their car, as the casualty was able to travel seated we assisted him into the car which allowed our vehicles and team members to return to base to re equip and to put wet kit in the drying room.
In attendance: 24 CVSRT
Duration: 2hrs 20mins
- Date Monday, 01 January 2018
- Location Brontë Waterfalls, Haworth
- Grid Reference SD998358
- Latitude 53.818829
- Longitude -2.0041224
- Man Hours 62
- Members In Attendance 24
CVSRT received a request from Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to assist with an on going missing persons search near Methley.
We provided additional fell party members, including our water team to do water margins and search dog team to search woodland.
In attendance: 20 CVSRT and 1 Search dog
- Date Saturday, 30 December 2017
- Location Methley
- Grid Reference SE388265
- Latitude 53.733997
- Longitude -1.4125730
- Man Hours 152
- Members In Attendance 20
CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to provide assistance to ambulance crews during the adverse weather snowy/ice conditions throughout the Calder Valley and surrounding areas.
In attendance: 14 CVSRT
Duration: 8hrs 30mins
- Date Friday, 29 December 2017
- Location Calder Valley
- Grid Reference SE010259
- Latitude 53.730143
- Longitude -1.9853510
- Man Hours 119
- Members In Attendance 14
Huge thanks to Nat West, Halifax, who chose our team as their charity of the year for 2017.
They raised money through various activities such as a static Tour de Yorkshire, cake and book sales, and collecting loose change from their customers. In total, they managed to raise a grand total of £1746.99.
It’s that time of year again!
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team will be out and about meeting Christmas shoppers in Keighley and Halifax Town Centres on Saturday 16th December between 10am – 4pm.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet the search dogs and team, and also pick up some CVSRT merchandise, which will make excellent Christmas gifts!
As the evenings have been drawing in the volunteers of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team have shelved their usual head torches, thermals and boots in favour of medical books, rescue equipment and secenario role play.
Over the last three months the teams training time has been solely focused on how to care for any casualty they could encounter in the context of Mountain Rescue, whether they are injured or unwell. The ultimate aim is for team members to obtain their Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) Casualty Care Certificate. This qualification allows CVSRT members who are not medical professionals, to give injured or unwell casualties treatments and medications which can be lifesaving and symptom releaving. Many of these treatments are the same as or adaptions of what a paramedic would perform if the ambulance was able to get to the patient easily.
The MREW Casualty Care qualification must be renewed and revalidated every three years, so for many team members this training is revision, but for a significant number of newer members, the knowedge and skills are all new. It is important to remember that the majority of our team members all have other jobs that are not within the medical profession.
The training follows the broad but detailed MREW Casualty Care syllabus covering everything from broken ankles to heart attacks, major trauma to unwell children. Team members find the training challenging yet stimulating whilst they learn and develop the skills required to look after all casualties until they can be handed over to medical professionals either at the roadside or in hospital.
The training over recent months has included; lectures from external experts who have kindly given their time to teach the team; skill sessions focussing on particular pieces of medical equipment and practical scenarios to consolidate the knowledge and skills. CVSRT members have studiously attended all the Tuesday evening sessions, extra weekend training, studied hard at home and attended a weekend for the all important exams.
The training and revision is all geared towards passing the final assessments that were arranged for the end of November. During these assessments team members get to prove to external assessors that they have acquired the required level of knowledge and skills to cope with whatever a casualty may be unfortunate enough to sucumb to in a realistic outdoor setting. This means that not only do the CVSRT volunteers have to cope with the exam pressure of remembering all their new knowledge and skills, they must be able to use it despite the inclement weather.
The assessment weekend consists of a 40 question written assessment and then successful completion of two practical scenarios, one based around traumatic injuries and one focusing on medical illness. These scenarios are examined by a variety of external medical professionals who all understand the work of Mountain Rescue and the level of care that can be provided by MREW Casualty Carers.
The great news is that all the hard work of team members has paid off because, by the end of Sunday’s exams, 35 members of CVSRT had sucessfully passed their exams and will now be entered onto the national Casualty Care register for the next three years. This allows CVSRT to continue to provide a high quality of care to the unfortunate casualties that become unwell or injured within Calderdale and beyond.
This amazing achievement would not be possible without the support and knowledge of the external speakers, mentors and examiners, the support of our families and friends but most importantly the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that make up CVSRT.
By Dr Rebecca Isles
CVSRT Assistant Leader
On Thursday 30th November, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team welcomed members from Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA to The Rescue Post in Mytholmroyd for a look round and to learn more about the team.
During the evening, the team was presented with a cheque for £1213.54 from the proceeds of the recent Beer and Cider Festival held in Hebden Bridge.
CVSRT member Wayne Ogden was on-hand to gratefully accept the generous donation and say a huge thanks for everyones support during the festival. Cheers!
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Huge congratulations to our Honorary President, Mr Robert ‘Bob’ Uttley who received his MBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on November 10th. Bob was awarded his medal for Services to the Community of Calder Valley & Todmorden.
Very well deserved and a proud moment indeed.