On Sunday (21st May), CVSRT provided safety cover for the annual Calderdale Way Relay, which is organised by Halifax Harriers AC and is generally attended by over 1000 club runners from across the country.

At 09:15, team members were called to assist a runner who had fallen and sustained a dislocated shoulder. (See Incident 1014). The runner received pain relief whilst his injury was dealt with. Whilst dealing with this first incident, team members were made aware of a second incident where a runner had fallen against a barbed wire fence sustaining minor wounds to a hand.

Later in the day, CVSRT received a request from race organisers to assist a runner who had sustained an ankle injury near Wainstalls Checkpoint. Six team members attended the checkpoint to provide assistance, pain relief and transport to A&E. (See Incident 1015). Whilst dealing with this casualty, another runner arrived at the checkpoint requiring medical assistance for minor cuts. Wounds were cleaned and dressed.

Despite a few incidents, the whole event passed by relatively quietly. As usual CVSRT entered a team of runners as well and whilst we may not be the fastest runners in the event, we certainly gave some a run for their money!

Thank you to the organisers, marshalls, all the competitors and spectators who lined the route.

Wishing the injured runners a speedy recovery.

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1015

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Later in the day (Sunday 21st May), CVSRT received a request from Calderdale Way Relay organisers to assist a runner who had sustained an ankle injury near Wainstalls Checkpoint.

Six team members attended the checkpoint to provide pain relief and transport to A&E for an x-ray. Whilst dealing with the first casualty, a second runner arrived at the checkpoint requiring medical assistance for minor cuts. Wounds were cleaned and dressed.

See Incident 1014 for earlier incidents.

In attendance: 6 CVSRT
Total Duration: 2hrs 15mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 21 May 2017
  • Location Wainstalls
  • Grid Reference SE 03919 28749
  • Latitude 53.755090
  • Longitude -1.9420427
  • Man Hours 13.5
  • Members In Attendance 6
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1014

Sunday, 21 May 2017

On Sunday (21st May), CVSRT provided safety cover for the annual Calderdale Way Relay, which is organised by Halifax Harriers AC and is generally attended by over 1000 club runners.

At 09:15, team members were called to assist a runner who had fallen and sustained a dislocated shoulder. The runner received pain relief whilst his injury was dealt with. Whilst dealing with this first incident, team members were made aware of a second incident where a runner had fallen against a barbed wire fence sustaining a minor wound to a hand.

In attendance: 11 CVSRT
Total Duration: 1hrs 15mins

See Incident 1015 for later incidents.

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 21 May 2017
  • Location Hinchliffe Arms, Calderdale Way Relay
  • Grid Reference SD 99919 23193
  • Latitude 53.705166
  • Longitude 2.0423681
  • Man Hours 12.5
  • Members In Attendance 11
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1013

Saturday, 20 May 2017

At 11:48, CVSRT were alerted to an incident at Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, where Yorkshire Ambulance Service were requesting assistance to locate and evacuate an injured 60yo lady who had fallen and sustained a shoulder injury. 16 CVSRT members were available to respond instantly and made their way to the location either in team vehicles or directly.

Once on-scene near Gibson Mill, team members administered pain relief and when the lady was comfortable she was packaged and evacuated by stretcher to the waiting ambulance.

In attendance: 16 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 2hrs 42mins

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 20 May 2017
  • Location Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge
  • Grid Reference SD 97305 29848
  • Latitude 53.764974
  • Longitude -2.0423681
  • Man Hours 40.5
  • Members In Attendance 16
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1011

Friday, 12 May 2017

At 20:55, CVSRT were alerted to an incident at Chellow Dene near Bradford, where Yorkshire Ambulance Service were requesting assistance to evacuate an injured 14yo boy who had fallen in to Devils Cave sustaining a serious leg injury.

18 CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and made their way to the location either in team vehicles or directly. Once on-scene, team members rigged a rope system to lower a team member down to the casualty. He was then placed on to a stretcher and lowered to the cave floor, where the boy was then carried to the ambulance at the road.

Also on-scene assisting with the rescue were West Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

At 23:09, CVSRT stood down and returned to base, then onward to their homes.

In attendance: 18 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
YAS Hazardous Area Response Team
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Total Duration: 3hrs 4mins

Additional Info

  • Date Friday, 12 May 2017
  • Location Chellow Dene, Bradford
  • Grid Reference SE 11382 34707
  • Latitude 53.808532
  • Longitude -1.8286392
  • Man Hours 55.2
  • Members In Attendance 18
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Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are the latest group in the District to benefit from money returned under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

The district’s Partnership Funding Team bought 10 specialist harnesses using money seized from criminals. The harnesses were presented to the Equipment Officer Richard Smith and Deputy Team Leader Jonathan Cole from CVRST at Halifax Police Station.

Superintendent Vince Firth said; “We are delighted to be able to support Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team through money that has been taken from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This money is going directly back to support the wider community and the fantastic work the CVSRT do each and every day.”

“We regularly work closely with the team, their support is invaluable to us, particularly when searching for missing or potentially vulnerable people. The volunteers at CVSRT do a fantastic job in supporting the communities of Calderdale each and every day and helping to keep people safe.”

CVSRT Equipment Officer Richard Smith said; “Harnesses are an essential piece of personal safety equipment and integral to our rope systems. They provide protection to team members during rope rescues on steep ground and crags. As with all of our safety equipment, it must be replaced regularly which can be costly, so this generous donation is gratefully received and means our team members can continue to operate safely. CVSRT is a registered charity providing essential support to the statutory emergency services and is funded entirely through donations such as this."

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In memory of Will Sutcliffe

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Last week, CVSRT welcomed relatives of founder team member Will Sutcliffe to The Rescue Post.  Will was a well respected member of the team and sadly passed away recently. He always followed the team with interest and often attended business meetings and our AGM.

One of his two daughters, Hazel Stobbs, and his grand daughter Rosie attended our base last Tuesday to present the team with the proceeds of a collection from his funeral (almost £500).  In addition to this, Rosie recently came third in a National Bouldering Competition in Reading, and has donated her prize of a £20.00 DMM voucher to the team. DMM have kindly doubled the value of the voucher.

CVSRT would like to thank Hazel & Rosie and all those who attended the funeral and donated to the team. Our sincere condolences to Will's family and friends.

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1006

Monday, 17 April 2017

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a young male who, had fallen from a tree and impaled his upper leg on a branch whilst he fell to the ground. A CVSRT doctor and a YAS Responder Paramedic cared for the casualty and then he was packaged and evacuated to the ambulance for onward journey to hospital.

Coincidently several dog handlers from SARDA England were training nearby and diverted to assist with the callout.

In attendance: 22 CVSRT

SARDA England Dog Handlers
4 CVSRT
1 Oldham Mountain Rescue Team
1 Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 1hr 16mins

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 13 April 2017
  • Location Snake Hill Wood, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE 07994 26219
  • Latitude 53.732305
  • Longitude -1.8803046
  • Man Hours 27
  • Members In Attendance 22
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1005

Monday, 17 April 2017

At 14:30, CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the ongoing search for a vulnerable missing 59yo female who was reported missing from home at 10:20am on the 11th April.

Whilst team members assembled to commence the search, CVSRT leaders and search managers attended the Police Station for a briefing where they were tasked with searching wooded and open areas. An additional search dog team also joined the search from Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.

Whilst this initial search continued, the next area of interest was identified and our search managers made ready to deploy the team. Before this could happen, a member of the public found the missing female in this new area of interest, and alerted the police.

CVSRT instantly deployed a vehicle to the casualty’s location to provided immediate medical care until the ambulance crew arrived on scene.

At 19:30 the team stood down and returned to base.

In attendance: 22 CVSRT

SARDA Dog Teams
2 CVSRT
1 Oldham Mountain Rescue Team

West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 7hrs
Person Hours: 33hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 12 April 2017
  • Location Scott Hall Road, Leeds
  • Grid Reference SE 30348 35888
  • Latitude 53.818390
  • Longitude -1.5405203
  • Man Hours 33
  • Members In Attendance 22
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Core Skills Training Day 2017

Sunday, 09 April 2017

Specialist training for the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team is a weekly requirement to maintain the essential skills needed to operate safely as an effective emergency response service. Whilst we are all volunteers, team members are highly trained to guidelines set by Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW). At the heart of these guidelines is a set of 10 core skills, which ensures a high level of capability, but also a respect for personal and team safety as well as the care for the casualty. Skills include; search and rescue planning and management, specialist medical treatment, technical steep ground and crag rescue, night and adverse weather search and rescue, body recovery, swiftwater and flood rescue, and stretcher evacuation.

Annually we organise a ‘Core Skills Training Day’ for team members to refresh and practice these skills. Each year we choose a different location within our operational area to experience different terrains and potential hazards from certain locations. This year’s training was held on Saturday 11th March at St Ives Estate, Bingley, with previous training days held at Green Withens Reservoir, Ilkley Moor, Hardcastle Crags and the Castle Carr Estate.

Midway through the morning training session, Yorkshire Ambulance Service alerted the team to a real incident in Hebden Bridge that required our urgent assistance. Within minutes of the call, 27 members were sent to locate an injured female with a suspected ankle fracture and to assist with her evacuation. Thanks to an accurate location and guidance from friends of the lady, she was quickly located in Crow Nest Wood and team doctors promptly administered pain relief before relocating her dislocated ankle. Once comfortable, she was packaged and stretchered to the road and handed over to the ambulance crew.

Amy Brandreth was the lady who found herself in this unfortunate situation and recently contacted us to say thanks for assisting with her rescue. “I was out walking with a group of friends heading from Hebden Bridge to Stoodley Pike as part of our training to undertake the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. We had only been gone about half a mile when I slipped on a stone and the crack from my ankle echoed around the valley! I knew straight away what type of injury I had. We phoned the emergency services and I was able to use the map to give a 6-figure grid reference of our location, we also sent two of our group to meet the emergency services at the bottom of the footpath. From our vantage point on the footpath overlooking the valley, I was able to see the CVSRT and ambulance arriving - I wasn’t expecting 27 of the rescue team though! The team were great and I am extremely grateful for their care and compassion on the day, and look forward to meeting them in less unfortunate circumstances!”

By 13:30, team members had returned to St Ives Estate, Bingley to complete their Core Skills Training with the assistance of representatives from West Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and with special guest MP Holly Lynch plus a visit from Pam Laking, Chairlady of the Friends of St Ives. During the afternoon session, team members worked through skill stations and then were tasked with two simultaneous search and rescue scenarios, aimed at testing their newly refreshed core skills.

CVSRT would like to thank the Queensbury Village Walking Group and all our friends and families for volunteering as training casualties during the day. Special thanks go to our Active Supporters Group who consistently support the team and thanks to Bob Smith (Grough Magazine), who was on-hand to capture some photos of the incident and the whole training day and finally to Amy, we wish you a speedy recovery. [View Incident 1003]

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