Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) are very happy to announce that a new addition will start training very shortly in the hope of eventually joining the team!!

11weeks old Springer Spaniel ‘Orion’ with his owner and handler CVSRT Gary Smith from Todmorden, have dived straight into training which is expected to take approximately 2years to achieve the standard set by the Search and Rescue Dog Association. The pup has three distinct markings on his back that look similar to the stars in the constellation of ‘Orion’s Belt’. Orion is also known as ‘The Hunter’ in Greek mythology, so it seemed an appropriate name to choose for a search dog.

Gary joined CVSRT in 2015 and has been very actively involved with the development of our current search dogs by regularly volunteering as a ‘dogsbody’ for training, and also assisting as a navigator for our search dog handlers when they are deployed on callouts. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, ‘dogsbodies’ are highly valued people in the development of a search dog. These volunteers go out on the hill in all weather conditions to hide for the dogs to find on training exercises and assessments courses. They are essential and help to hone the dogs’ senses.

Search dogs have been a part of CVSRT since 1977. Over the years there have been 15 dogs and 10 handlers assisting the team on searches. The dogs are trained to 'Air Scent' so, as a general rule, they do not track the missing person, but react to wind borne human scent. A search dog can cover large areas of ground, including difficult terrain and woodland in the search and is very sensitive to any human scent it finds. It will immediately follow a scent to its source. It will then ‘indicate’ to its handler, usually by barking, to let them know it’s made a 'find'. It is not unusual for a dog to pick up a scent from a missing person, 500metres or more away.

If you would like to follow Orion’s development and training, he has his own Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/redtagspan/

To do something amazing and volunteer as a dogsbody please email: secretary@cvsrt.org.uk

To find out more about CVSRT Search Dogs please visit: http://www.cvsrt.org.uk/the-team/cvsrt-search-dogs

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“The greatest danger in life is not to take the adventure.” George Leigh Mallory

Next month, two members of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are swapping the Pennines of Calderdale for the Pennine Alps and challenging themselves to climb a truly iconic mountain - The Matterhorn.

This huge and near-symmetrical pyramidal peak in the Monta Rosa area of the Pennine Alps is 4,478metres (14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe.  Whilst Jacques and Rich are both competent climbers, it is still a daunting climb as they intend to make their way to the summit via the Lion Ridge (Cresta del Leone), taking two days for the climb and staying at the Carrel Hut overnight before climbing the final 650m, summiting and descending on the second day.

Jacques and Rich explained, “We will be staying in Chamonix where most of our trip will be spent acclimatising to the altitude and practising the techniques that will be required on the Matterhorn. This is because success relies on being able to move quickly and efficiently when we're on the hill - if we take too long, we'll simply run out of time. We are paying for this challenge entirely ourselves, but we are doing it for a reason and need everyone's support." 

CVSRT are currently in the process of upgrading radio and communication equipment. As part of this process, we require radio repeaters, (which costs approximately £1500 each).  These will be placed at fixed locations throughout the Calder Valley and around our operational area to boost our radio signal and improve communications.

Jacques and Rich have set up a fundraising page and are hoping to raise enough money to cover the cost for one of these radio repeaters (£1500).  

If you would like to sponsor them and in turn support CVSRT, please visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/richardquinn1

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Mr Robert David Uttley MBE

Saturday, 17 June 2017

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: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2804928

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..


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Sunday, 11 June 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
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Friday, 02 June 2017

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service Request to assist with locating and evacuating of a female who had become unwell near the Gaddings Dam.

17 CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and made their way to the scene. Calder Mobile 2 (CM2) was first to arrive at our location, followed by CM1 and then CM3.

On arrival, CVSRT dispatched 2 runners to find the casualty. Once she was found and assessed, a fell party was sent to the location. The casualty was diabetic and had become unwell whilst out walking. She was cared for on-scene by a team doctor and YAS paramedics and made a good recovery. The lady was well enough to walk off the hill escorted by the team.

In attendance: 17 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 2hr 28mins

Additional Info

  • Date Friday, 02 June 2017
  • Location Gaddings Dam
  • Grid Reference SD 94100 22600
  • Latitude 53.699802
  • Longitude -2.0908410
  • Man Hours 41.8
  • Members In Attendance 17
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Thursday, 01 June 2017

At 9:50am, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a 53yr old female who had sustained a suspected ankle fracture whilst walking near Kebroyd Mills, Triangle.

Once on-scene, CVSRT members along with a crew from Hazardous Area Response Team packaged the casualty and evacuated her by stretcher to the ambulance for onward journey to hospital.

In attendance: 15 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
YAS Hazardous Area Response Team

Total Duration: 1hr 40mins

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 01 June 2017
  • Location Kebroyd Mill Woods, Triangle
  • Grid Reference SE 04350 21288
  • Latitude 53.688027
  • Longitude -1.9356081
  • Man Hours 25
  • Members In Attendance 15
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Sunday, 14 May 2017

CVSRT received a request from Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to assist with the search for a high risk vulnerable 52yr old male who was reported missing from his home.

21 CVSRT members were available to assist with the search and once on-scene were tasked with searching areas of interest for the misper. After 5hrs all areas were cleared and both teams stood down and returned to their respective bases.

Shortly later a member of the public located the missing person walking outside our search area. He returned home safe and well.

In attendance: 21 CVSRT
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Total Duration: 5hrs 55mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 14 May 2017
  • Location Liversedge
  • Grid Reference SE 18108 24387
  • Latitude 53.715588
  • Longitude -1.7271034
  • Man Hours 118.6
  • Members In Attendance 21
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Friday, 05 May 2017

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation and unresponsive 20yo male, who was in Ovenden.

It appeared that he had fallen down a banking coming to rest on a ledge above a steep drop. As the YAS crew were on scene and began treatment, it became apparent that the male was drunk and therefore after some encouragement was able to walk out from the location.

CVSRT were stood down.

In attendance: 15 CVSRT
Total Duration: 10mins

Additional Info

  • Date Friday, 05 May 2017
  • Location Old Lane, Ovenden
  • Grid Reference SE 08474 26772
  • Latitude 53.737268
  • Longitude 1.8730138
  • Man Hours 2.5
  • Members In Attendance 15
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Monday, 01 May 2017

CVSRT received a request from Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to assist with the ongoing search for a missing 20yr old female who had been reported missing from the family home 01:30am on 1st May.

Team were stood down en-route as the misper was located.

In attendance: 22 CVSRT
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Total Duration: 30mins
Person Hours: 11hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 01 May 2017
  • Location New Hey Road, Huddersfield
  • Grid Reference SE 10160 17884
  • Latitude 53.657352
  • Longitude -1.8477424
  • Man Hours 11
  • Members In Attendance 22
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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Whilst CVSRT members were on a 4x4 training exercise with fellow MRT’s, Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team received a request from North West Ambulance Service for assistance with an injured male motorbike rider.

Calder Mobile 2 (3 x CVSRT, 2 x BPMRT crew) and RM3 (2 x RPMRT, 1 x BPMRT, 1 x CVSRT crew) were requested to attend due to location from the incident.

All teams were stood down en-route as NWAS were able to deal with incident.

In attendance: 4 CVSRT
Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team
Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team

Total Duration: 18mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 30 April 2017
  • Location Ashworth Road
  • Grid Reference SD 84193 14187
  • Latitude 53.623977
  • Longitude -2.2404644
  • Man Hours 18mins
  • Members In Attendance 4
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