Monday, 14 January 2019

At 15:20 on Monday 14th January Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with locating and evacuating an injured 55yr female who had sustained a suspected closed ankle fracture whilst out walking on Haworth Moor.

28 CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and deployed in team vehicles or directly to the incident.

The casualty was assessed by a team doctor and received pain relief and her ankle was box splinted. She was then placed in a winter casualty bag and evacuated by stretcher from the moorland to an ambulance waiting nearby.

In Attendance: 28 CVSRT, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, West Yorkshire Police

Total Duration: 2hrs 40mins

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 14 January 2019
  • Location Haworth Moor
  • Grid Reference SE 99330 35830
  • Latitude 53.818747
  • Longitude -2.0116541
  • Man Hours 74.7
  • Members In Attendance 28
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CVSRT are very pleased to announce that CVSRT Chairman, David Warden and his three year old border collie ‘Wynn’, have recently been successful in the Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) Assessment, which confirms that they have achieved the required standard for operational duties.

You may remember that Wynn joined the team in 2015 as a 10 week old trainee. She is the third dog that David has trained as a mountain rescue search dog, in a process which has taken two and a half years.

The MRSDE Assessment was held at the weekend and required the pair to demonstrate their capability over three days in winter conditions in the Lake District mountains, searching for ‘missing’ volunteers (dogsbodies), during which they undertook five searches, successfully achieving five passes. In addition to being capable of operating in mountain and high moorland environments in all weather conditions, they are also trained in searching in lowland areas, including woodland, semi-rural and certain urban environments.

Search dog ‘Wynn’ now joins Search dogs ‘Meg’, ‘Jack’ and ‘Finn’ serving CVSRT across our operational area and mid-Pennines region…and beyond if required.

Search dogs have been a part of CVSRT since 1977 and we now have a team of 4 air-scenting search dogs and handlers with three trainee search dogs (Tinker, Orion and Tess). Over the years there have been 17 qualified search dogs and 11 handlers assisting the search team. 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.

Why dogs?
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.

As part of the training process, dogsbodies are used to hone the dog’s senses. Dogsbodies are highly valued volunteers from the community who assist in the development of the search dog. They go out on the hill and hide for the dogs to find on training and assessments courses.

If you would like to know more about the CVSRT Search Dogs or think you could volunteer to be a dogsbody to assist with training > please visit their page <

To find out more about Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England please visit: Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England

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Monday, 07 January 2019

At 15:38 on Monday 7th January, CVSRT members received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist in the evacuation of an injured 9year old boy, who had fallen approximately 30 feet down a steep slope into a gully. Initial reports indicated potential head and back injuries.

Whilst the casualty was assessed by Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) paramedics, CVSRT members provided safety cover and prepared a rope system to extract the boy from the gully.

Once he was comfortable and immobilised on a stretcher, the rope system was used to haul the casualty up the steep slope and then he was carried a short distance to the air ambulance, where he was transferred for transport to Leeds General Infirmary.

We’ve since had an update on the casualty’s condition and fortunately he only suffered soft tissue damage despite the height of the fall and the rocky, uneven ground he landed on.

In attendance:
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 07 January 2019
  • Location Frieldhurst Road, Todmorden
  • Grid Reference SD 91402 26184
  • Latitude 53.731977
  • Longitude -2.1318069
  • Man Hours 70.1
  • Members In Attendance 23
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Thursday, 27 December 2018

At 01:08 on Thursday 27th December, CVSRT were alerted to an ongoing search for a vulnerable missing pensioner with dementia who was reported missing in the Allerton Bywater area at 19:00hrs on Boxing Day.

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and WYP NPAS CarrGate were already involved with the ongoing search when extra help was requested for additional members from CVSRT and SARDA Search Dogs.

As CVSRT members arrived on-scene they were greeted with the fantastic news that the gentleman had just been found alive by members of Holme Valley MRT, and required immediate evacuation. He was promptly packaged and transferred by stretcher to an ambulance for treatment and onward journey to hospital.

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 27 December 2018
  • Location Allerton Bywater
  • Grid Reference SE 41750 27856
  • Latitude 53.745415
  • Longitude -1.3684275
  • Man Hours 51.6
  • Members In Attendance 10
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Monday, 10 December 2018

At 16:31 today, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a lady who had fallen on a steep muddy slope whilst dog walking at Centre Vale Park in Todmorden. A local YAS Rapid Response Vehicle was first on-scene and called for back up.

Once on-scene, a CVSRT doctor worked along side the ambulance crew to administer pain relief and splinted the casualty’s injured leg and then packaged her in a winter casualty bag. The lady was then transferred a short distance on a stretcher by the team to the ambulance for further treatment and onward journey to hospital.

In attendance: 17 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
YAS Rapid Response Vehicle
Duration: 2hrs 4mins

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 10 December 2018
  • Location Centre Vale Park, Todmorden
  • Grid Reference SD 93083 24713
  • Latitude 53.718780
  • Longitude -2.1062939
  • Man Hours 36.8
  • Members In Attendance 17
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Thursday, 06 December 2018

CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the ongoing search for Charles Handscomb who was reported missing from his home in Elland.

Before the full team was called out, several team members were en route to set up a control point for the search when they found the missing gentleman.

In attendance: 4 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police
Duration: 2hrs 4mins.

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 06 December 2018
  • Location Elland Wood Bottom
  • Grid Reference SE 09654 22298
  • Latitude 53.697035
  • Longitude -1.8552630
  • Man Hours 11.3
  • Members In Attendance 4
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Saturday, 01 December 2018

At 14.23 on Saturday 1st December, CVSRT were alerted to an incident involving a competitor in the ladies senior race at the Red Rose Cross Country League event at Centre Vale Park in Todmorden.

In wet and very muddy conditions, a lady had fallen and sustained a lower leg injury requiring immediate medical assistance. Race marshals, (including two members of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team who happened to be at the event), were quickly on scene to provide basic first aid. An ambulance was requested and advised that due to the location of the incident the crew would also require help to transfer the woman to the ambulance. Two CVSRT vehicles with crew were deployed to assist with the evacuation.

Whilst the remaining team members arrived on-scene, the casualty received pain relief before her leg was splinted. Once comfortable, the lady was packaged and transferred by stretcher to the ambulance. As the team completed this first incident, race marshals alerted team members to a second incident involving a male runner with a leg injury. CVSRT members provided first aid and pain relief before helping the casualty into his friends car for onward journey to hospital.

Duration: 2hrs 12mins
In attendance: 20 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 01 December 2018
  • Location Centre Vale Park, Todmorden
  • Grid Reference SD 93083 24713
  • Latitude 53.718780
  • Longitude -2.1062939
  • Man Hours 44.4
  • Members In Attendance 20
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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

At 23:43 last night, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to provide assistance with the locating and evacuation of a casualty who had fallen on a steep, rural track and sustained a suspected spinal injury. 20 CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and within 9 minutes of deployment the team began to arrive at the location.

Once on-scene team members prepared for the evacuation, whilst CVSRT doctors provided additional medical assistance to the casualty. Once the male was comfortable he was packaged in a vacuum mattress and a winter casualty bag, then stretchered off the hill to the ambulance and handed over to the crew.

At 01:00 CVSRT stood down and returned vehicles to base, then members continued their journeys home.

In Attendance: 20 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Total Duration: 2hrs 32mins

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 28 November 2018
  • Location Claremount Road, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE 09696 26085
  • Latitude 53.731070
  • Longitude -1.8545061
  • Man Hours 48.3
  • Members In Attendance 20
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Yesterday the Co-op in Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge and J&C Warburton Funeralcare in Todmorden collectively donated a whopping sum of £10,530.00 to CVSRT as part of the Local Community Fund payout day.

This is the equivalent of over 20% of the teams annual running costs, all of which is raised through donations. We receive no direct government funding and are staffed by over 60 unpaid volunteers who are on call 24/7, 365 days a year.

We are SO grateful to the staff and generous customers who collectively supported the team - thank you!!

CVSRT are proud to serve, and be part of such a generous community and we look forward to seeing you at local charity events and fundraisers in the future.

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Tribute to CVSRT Richard Graves

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

On Tuesday 16th October, 33 team members, Search dog Jack and Trainee Search Dog Tess were in attendance at The Rescue Post for our regular vehicle and equipment maintenance evening.

During the evening, the team paused to welcome Natalie Graves, accompanied by Sally Wright, who were invited along to mount a framed picture in memory of CVSRT Richard Graves. Yesterday was a significant date for Natalie and Richard as it marked the anniversary of their first date.

In an informal gathering, CVSRT Leader Ben Carter thanked our guests for attending and spoke of Richards contribution to CVSRT, then read a letter from our friends at DWMRT, which recounted with fondness Richards visit to Ireland and Croagh Patrick during his Probationary year, with special mention of his enthusiasm and passion to learn.

Natalie replied by thanking everyone for their kind words, support and friendship, and said that Richard loved being part of the team and couldn’t wait to throw on his red jacket, grab his rucksack and boots, and dash to a callout or training.

The picture was placed in our meeting room and Trainee Search Dog Tess was on-hand for photos and cuddles!!

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