Sunday, 12 March 2017

At 13:58 today, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service for assistance with locating and evacuating a lady who had fallen whilst walking along the riverside walk at Hardcastle Crags, sustaining a back injury and was unable to stand.

19 members were available to respond immediately and team vehicles were mobile within 2 minutes of receiving the request for help. First on-scene was a CVSRT doctor who cared for the lady whilst the remaining members arrived with the stretcher for evacuation.

Once packaged in a vacuum mattress, the casualty was stretchered to the lower car park and handed over to the ambulance crew for onward journey hospital.

In attendance: 19 CVSRT and Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 12 March 2017
  • Location Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge
  • Grid Reference SD 98854 29156
  • Latitude 53.758765
  • Longitude -2.0188575
  • Man Hours 57.6
  • Members In Attendance 19
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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Whilst CVSRT was midway through the morning session of our annual Core Skills Training yesterday, Yorkshire Ambulance Service alerted the team to an 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 assist with her evacuation.

Once on-scene, team members quickly located the casualty in Crow Nest Wood and promptly administered pain relief before relocating her dislocated ankle. When the lady’s pain was under control and she was comfortable, the casualty was packaged and stretchered to the road head where she was handed over to the ambulance crew for onward journey to hospital.

By 13:30, team members had returned to St Ives Estate, Bingley to complete their Core Skills Training day with the assistance of representatives from West Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and with special guest MP Holly Lynch. Many thanks also to Bob Smith (Grough Magazine Editorial Director), who was on-hand to capture some photos of the incident and the whole training day.

A full account and photos from the Core Skills day will follow in due course.

In attendance: 27 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Total Duration: 2hrs 32mins

Photography © Bob Smith (Grough Magazine

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 11 March 2017
  • Location Crow Nest Wood, Hebden Bridge
  • Grid Reference SD 99182 26741
  • Latitude 53.737055
  • Longitude -2.1038794
  • Man Hours 68.4
  • Members In Attendance 27
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Friday, 03 March 2017

At 15:41, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist crews with locating and evacuating a 68yo female who had sustained a lower leg injury whilst walking along The Pennine Way at Top Withens (Wuthering Heights), near Haworth.

CVSRT members were able to pinpoint the casualty using SARLOC and deployed to the location. The assistance of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) was also requested.

Once the lady was packaged and comfortable, CVSRT members stretchered her to the helicopter for evacuation from the moors to the land ambulance situated on the road head. Team members then created a secondary landing site for the helicopter and then assisted with the transfer of the casualty to the land ambulance.

This callout was the 1000th incident milestone since the team formed in 1966, and coincidentally it was YAA Aircrew Paramedic, Sammy Wills 999th patient too.

In attendance:
14 CVSRT members
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Total Duration: 3hrs 19mins

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 02 March 2017
  • Location Top Withens, Haworth (Wuthering Heights)
  • Grid Reference SD 98270 35551
  • Latitude 53.816237
  • Longitude -2.0277579
  • Man Hours 43.1
  • Members In Attendance 14
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Friday, 03 March 2017

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of an 80yo male suffering from chest pains. The gentleman was situated in a wooded area near Walshaw Farm.

When team members arrived on-scene, aircrew paramedics from Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) were already in attendance and treating the casualty. The aircrew requested the team’s assistance to quickly evacuate the casualty from the woodland to the helicopter for further assessment.

CVSRT members promptly rigged a single rope haul system to assist with the evacuation by stretcher up the slippery hillside to the helicopter. Following further assessment the casualty was then carried to the land ambulance for transfer to hospital.

At 14:35, team members returned to base, then onward to their places of work or homes.

In attendance: 14 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Total Duration: 2hrs 42mins

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 28 February 2017
  • Location Walshaw Farm
  • Grid Reference SD 97293 31092
  • Latitude 53.776155
  • Longitude -2.0425560
  • Man Hours 40.3
  • Members In Attendance 14
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Saturday, 25 February 2017

At 13:14, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a 67yo man who had slipped whilst walking on the moor above Walsden and sustained an ankle injury. The casualty was walking as part of a larger group who were able to raise the alarm when the accident happened.

15 team members were available to respond and made their way to the location in team vehicles or directly. Once on-scene, team members stabilised the casualty and treated his injuries. They then packaged and extracted him to a barn which had been opened by a local farmer and was situated close to a road head. Shortly after arriving at the barn, a YAS ambulance crew arrived and the casualty was handed over for transfer to hospital.

In attendance: 15 CVSRT members

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 3hrs 19mins

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 25 February 2017
  • Location Brown Road Farm, Todmorden
  • Grid Reference SD 92018 21886
  • Latitude 53.693356
  • Longitude -2.1223572
  • Man Hours 57.7
  • Members In Attendance 15
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

At 15:57, CVSRT were alerted to an incident at Caley Crag near Otley, where Yorkshire Ambulance Service were requesting assistance to locate and evacuate an injured female climber who had fallen awkwardly whilst bouldering and had sustained a lower leg injury.

15 CVSRT members were available to respond instantly and made their way to location either in team vehicles or directly. Once on-scene, team members administered pain relief and then when the lady was comfortable she was packaged and evacuated to the waiting ambulance.

In attendance: 15 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Total Duration: 4hrs 3mins

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 22 February 2017
  • Location Caley Crags, Otley
  • Grid Reference SE 22420 44548
  • Latitude 53.896624
  • Longitude -1.6603082
  • Man Hours 57.7
  • Members In Attendance 15
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CVSRT New Recruits 2017-18

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

Following an information evening attended by 25 people on 17th January, 12 arrived on Saturday for a hill assessment in the hope of gaining a place as one of this year's trainee members.

The day started with a check of personal hill kit followed by a quick ascent of Daisy Bank to warm everyone up. The candidates were split into small groups with 5 operational team members and set off into the wind and rain to demonstrate their navigation and hill skills.

All groups met at Withens Clough reservoir at lunchtime and were treated to well deserved pies, cakes and hot brews before swapping groups and heading off onto the moor again for the afternoon.

The afternoon passed and at 5pm all groups met at Withens Gate for a rest while we waited for darkness to fall. By this point in the day everyone was familiar with each other and there was definitely a sense of camaraderie developing.

As the light faded and night fell, groups were swapped again and we headed out into darkness to check people's night navigation skills. This was cut short by an exercise callout to assist the team with the evacuation of an injured walker at Stoodley Pike. The candidates were instructed to make their way quickly to the Pike where they were met by several team members, who had brought a 40kg dummy and a stretcher onto the hill for the candidates to carry off.

Helmets on, hands on the stretcher and off we go. Under the very 'clear direction' of Deputy Team Leader Jonathon Cole, the candidates demonstrated excellent team working skills and carried the stretcher from the Pike to Swillington Farm where they were met by the team response vehicles.

A ride back to the base was a pleasant surprise as most people thought that they would be walking back. Once back at base the candidates washed the vehicles and packed the kit away before a well-earned brew and more cake. A final debrief and candidates were free to go home for a much needed hot bath and a warm up.

Our thanks to everyone that applied this year and to those that came for the hill assessment. It was a tough day and the applicants were excellent, making selection very difficult.
After much deliberation, seven people were selected to start training.

Congratulations to Jess, Tommy, Matt, Greg, Tom, John and Ross.

Les Wilson
Training Officer (Trainees)
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team

Please note: Our recruitment application form remains open but please be advised that your submission will be held on file until we start recruiting again towards the end of the year. Find out more about joining the team here: JOIN US

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Probationary Assessment 2017

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

On the evening of Friday 20th January, five nervous but excited CVSRT Probationary Members arrived at the Mytholmroyd base to find out what the weekend entailed. This was a date that we had been working towards since joining the team 12 months ago.

We had spent all day racking our brains as to what potential scenarios were in store for us. As it turned out, we were no wiser other than our Proby Training Officer, Al Day saying, “Grab a full fell party kit, load into the vehicle and follow me”. As we headed towards Burnley and proceeded to join the M65, we knew we were going out of ‘our patch’.

Following a drive out onto the moor we were told to await further communication via radio. This led to us checking all our kit for the tenth time or so to ensure that all was well and that we could locate any item when needed. A crackling over the radio soon revealed that a navigation exercise was the first task of the night.

After a rendezvous with two members of Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team, we were given a tasking to locate an exhausted walker in a clough. An area once in darkness was illuminated as we proceeded to sweep our way down the clough. The walker was soon located, and after warming and giving him food, he was escorted to the nearby farm, where other team members were waiting.

That search led to a further tasking for a missing farmer. After a brief of the search area we were off again, on this occasion other skills were required with the need to contact the ‘exercise’ police officer, (thanks Ben). Having dealt with the incident, we were then directed back to the vehicles in order to head to our accommodation for the night. We did not know what this would comprise of, other than ‘not camping’.

On arrival at the bunkhouse, (which turned out to be Bowland Pennine MRT’s Smelt Mill base), we were welcomed with the smell of food, which was greatly appreciated and needed. We were still on edge though and wondering if another ‘call out’ was due following the food. This however did not materialise and we were all able to get some much-needed sleep.

The next morning, we woke to cold, crisp conditions and after another briefing and change in the various fell party roles, were in a mini bus heading towards the area where a fisherman had called for assistance having injured his leg. Following a search along the riverbank the team identified the individual who was located in the water.

Quick decisions were necessary to ensure swift extraction of the casualty. With the use of throw lines we were able to secure and remove him from the water in order to provide first aid whilst getting him warm. A request for other team members swiftly enabled the casualty to be stretchered to the nearby road.

As the incident concluded we tidied the used kit away ready for the next tasking, we didn’t have to wait long to receive news that a dog walker was stuck on a crag with a potential arm injury in a quarry 500m away. Once on scene it was clear that a rope system would be required in order to attend to the casualty. Rope bags, helmets and harnesses were quickly obtained from vehicles before proceeding up to the top of the quarry to rig up a system to enable a single man to be lowered, to treat the casualty’s injuries and then descend safely down the crag.

Following a brief stop for lunch, Bowland Pennine MRT member’s pagers were going off, this made for a more realistic scenario and it wasn’t long before we received another tasking to an injured mountain bike rider who had come off whilst on a forest trail. While in transit to the location, the best route to access the casualty was decided.

On arrival kit was gathered and swiftly taken to the scene. With mountain bikes still using the various trails, part of the challenge was to ensure the safety of everyone, with various look outs being deployed. It was clear from the injuries that an ‘exercise air ambulance’ was required, and following treatment and packaging, the casualty was stretchered to a clearing that had been identified as a suitable landing site.

What we didn’t realise was that an air ambulance had actually been requested, but unfortunately at the time the potential helicopters that could be utilised were unable to attend due to weather or already being at incidents. It therefore meant a stretcher carry back to the vehicles. Whilst unstrapping the ‘exercise’ casualty, the Bowland Pennine MRT pagers went off again. It was clear that this was not another scenario but a real incident! We proceeded with all the kit we had just used 500m up the road to the casualty site.

On arrival at the incident, it became apparent that this was a virtual mirror image of what we had just encountered. Members from both teams knew their roles allowing the casualty to receive prompt treatment and packaging. As it transpired, the North West Air Ambulance was nearby having been requested at the last minute to attend our exercise scenario, so fortunately they were on hand to assist with the air evacuation of this real casualty.

Following examinations by the aircrew paramedics and team paramedic, the casualty was carried to the helicopter for onward journey to hospital. Once the helicopter had departed we were able to reflect on what had just happened and wonder what was next.

We headed back to Smelt Mill to check all our kit and then we were given a grid reference and told to navigate to that point and await further instructions. We soon realised that the grid reference given was our current location! We therefore took this as a sign that the exercises were now over, once this was confirmed we able to relax and review what we had achieved over the assessment along with the journey to get us to this point.

When we completed the Ireland trip after our first 6 months as trainees, we felt we had learnt a lot but knew there was still a lot to learn. Now at the end of our final probationer’s assessment we felt the same but for now we could relax knowing we had been put through our paces and reacted well to the various scenarios.

Many people were involved in the weekend and therefore need to be thanked. Most notably were the Bowland Pennine MRT members who assisted with the scenarios and provided accommodation over the weekend; their support throughout was greatly appreciated. They say an army marches on its stomach; this is no different for Mountain Rescue teams and it must be said that the food that Becky and Rob put together was superb, with the times for eating often being quite unsociable, so thank you.

The training that we have carried out in the Calder Valley would not have been possible without the support of the team members who have been ‘exercise’ casualties, provided assistance on training nights and have generally been on hand for any questions we have. A particular thanks must go to Al Day and Neil Anderson for all their time and patience throughout the process. We now look forward to being full team members.

Keith Alger, Jonothan Wright, Dan Kelly, Jessica Johnstone and Ben Simpkins
CVSRT ‘Probies’ 2016-17

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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Whilst 22 team members were en route to assist with an incident at Brontë Falls near Haworth, a second callout was received from the Ambulance Control Centre asking for assistance with a 72yo gentleman, who had fallen in a wooded area near Bingley.

At this point, Calder Mobiles 2 & 3, along with 12 members carried on to the Brontë Falls incident, whilst Mobile 1 with 10 members diverted to the Bingley incident, utilising Mobile 3 once the crew had been dropped off. 

Once on-scene, team members assisted the ambulance crew to treat the gentleman for hypothermia and a head injury, before packaging and evacuating the casualty to the ambulance waiting nearby. At 14:45, the full team stood down and returned to base, and then onward to their homes.

Quick thinking and prompt actions made for two successful simultaneous rescues. Read more about Incident #991 Brontë Falls.

CVSRT would like to mentioned the young lads who found the gentleman and dialled 999, then waited at the road junction to wave team vehicles down at the correct side road to the nearest access point.

In attendance:

10 CVSRT members 

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 1hrs 46mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 29 January 2017
  • Location Gilstead Lane
  • Grid Reference SE 12155 39100
  • Latitude 53.847999
  • Longitude -1.8167288
  • Man Hours 18.2
  • Members In Attendance 10
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Sunday, 29 January 2017

At 12:20, CVSRT was called to assist a casualty who had fallen and sustained a lower leg injury at Brontë Falls. Team members and vehicles responded swiftly and headed to the casualty’s location to help.

Whilst en route, a second callout was received from the Ambulance Control Centre asking for assistance with a 72yo gentleman, who had fallen in Bingley (Incident #992). At this point, Calder Mobiles 2 & 3, along with 12 members carried on to the Brontë Falls incident, whilst Mobile 1 diverted to Bingley.

Once on-scene, team members headed direct to the Brontë Falls casualty to assess his injuries. Once treated for a possible dislocation and the casualty’s pain was under control, he was gently loaded onto a stretcher and carried up the hill to the team vehicle where he was loaded into the team Land Rover and transferred to Airedale Hospital for further treatment.

Team members at this incident then stood down and headed back to our Mytholmroyd base and then onward to their homes. 

Read more about Incident #992 Bingley.

In attendance:
12 CVSRT members
Total Duration: 2hrs 55mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 29 January 2017
  • Location Brontë Falls, Haworth
  • Grid Reference SD 99679 35904
  • Latitude 54.010933
  • Longitude -2.2832757
  • Man Hours 35
  • Members In Attendance 12
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