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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

At 16:41 on Tuesday 14 May Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of a fallen female close to The Top Brink Inn, Todmorden.

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

A YAS Rapid Response Vehicle Paramedic provided medical care to treat the casualty’s lower leg injury. CVSRT members then packaged and stretchered her a short distance across fields to an ambulance for further treatment and transfer to hospital.

Following stand down of the incident the team attended training at Baitings Reservoir to practice setting up anchors and belaying on steep ground.

Thanks to Top Brink Inn - Pub and Restaurant for the use of their car park for our vehicles during the incident.

In attendance: 27 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 2hrs 19mins

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 14 May 2019
  • Location Top Brink
  • Grid Reference SD 95663 23554
  • Latitude 53.708393
  • Longitude -2.0671758
  • Man Hours 62.4
  • Members In Attendance 27
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1162

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

At 17:58 on Tuesday 30 April Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to locate and evacuate a mountain biker who had sustained abdominal injuries following a fall in Colden Clough.

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

CVSRT members were first on scene and administered casualty care. The casualty was then immobilised in a vacuum mattress and evacuated 1km by wheeled stretcher to Yorkshire Air Ambulance Helimed 98 for transfer to hospital.

Following stand down of the incident team members either returned home or, a little later than planned, to The Night Jar Brewery, Mytholmroyd for a team social.

In Attendance: 21 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

 

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 30 April 2019
  • Location Colden Clough
  • Grid Reference SD 97376 28043
  • Latitude 53.748755
  • Longitude -2.0412737
  • Man Hours 45.6
  • Members In Attendance 21
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1158

Tuesday, 02 April 2019

In the early hours of Tuesday 2nd April Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a high risk missing person in the Bradford area.

13 CVSRT members, and Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England Meg and Wynn, deployed to plan and undertake searches within Black Carr Woods.

Thankfully, following daybreak, the missing person was located by a member of the public who escorted them to the safety of our Incident Control Vehicle. West Yorkshire Ambulance service then transferred the person to hospital for assessment.

Following stand down of the incident at 09:22hrs team members returned home or to their place of work to continue their day.

In Attendance: 13 CVSRT
2 MRSDE Search Dogs
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Total Duration: 10hrs 27mins

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 02 April 2019
  • Location Black Carr Woods, Bradford
  • Grid Reference SE 20738 32031
  • Latitude 53.784198
  • Longitude -1.6867447
  • Man Hours 92.1
  • Members In Attendance 13
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Spring Core Skills Training Day

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Last Saturday Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team held a ‘Core Skills Training Day’ at Blakedean Scout Hostel. Traditionally these have been an annual event, though we plan to have another this autumn, to supplement the weekly requirement for specialist training.

Whilst we are volunteers, all team members are highly trained to guidelines set by Mountain Rescue England & Wales. At the heart of these guidelines is a set of 10 core skills needed to operate safely as an effective emergency response, which each team member must demonstrate their capability each year.

The day was split into three sessions. The first a set of five short 25 minute round-robin stations, with small enough numbers to allow everyone to get hands on, covering abseiling, hypothermia packaging, protective equipment checking, set up of Incident Control Vehicle, and helicopter landing site selection and preparation (minus the helicopter unfortunately!).

For the second session team members were split into two groups to undertake a stretcher handling exercise and practice techniques to safely raise and lower stretchers on steep ground; snake belay, crocodile raise and walking ‘v’.

Just as the two groups were swapping activities the team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to attend a real callout. Within minutes of the call, 20 team members were enroute to assist with the evacuation of an injured walker above Bronte Falls, Stanbury (Incident 1156).

The remaining team members continued with the second activity, broke for lunch, and then got a head start on the last session of the day - a challenge (with prizes!) devised to test navigation, fitness and a selection of core skills.

Team members were paired up, given a sheet containing grid references, labelled as either gold (up to 20pts), silver (10pts) or bronze (5pts) checkpoints, and tasked with visiting at least three gold checkpoints and scoring as many points as possible in 2.5hrs (points lost for late returns). The sting in the tail was that at each gold checkpoint pairs had to demonstrate a core skill within a given time, and were scored according to their performance.

Team members returning from the callout enjoyed a much needed lunch before setting out for what was left of the hotly contested challenge. By 16:30 all pairs had returned and all that was left to do was verify the scores (the adjudicators decision was absolutely final), and award the prizes to the category winners.

Delivery of such a day is a huge undertaking which takes hours of planning by the organising group, and couldn’t happen without volunteers to lead sessions, man checkpoints and provide catering – thanks to you all.

Whilst returning vehicles to the Rescue Post we received our second callout of the day to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service with the evacuation of an injured man who had fallen and sustained a head injury in Brearley Wood (Incident 1157).

 

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1157

Saturday, 23 March 2019

At 17:58 on Saturday 23rd March Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with evacuating an injured man who had fallen and sustained a head injury in Brearley Woods.

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

The casualty was assessed and treated by YAS Paramedics and a CVSRT Paramedic, before being immobilised in a vacuum mattress and evacuated by stretcher to an awaiting ambulance on Burnley Road.

In Attendance: 18 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Total Duration: 1hr 40mins

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 23 March 2019
  • Location Brearley Wood
  • Grid Reference SE 02666 26365
  • Latitude 53.733672
  • Longitude -1.9610649
  • Man Hours 28
  • Members In Attendance 18
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1154

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Following a period of persistent heavy rain which saw 59.44mm of rain fall in 24hrs Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team made assets available. Two CVSRT vehicles crewed by seven Swiftwater Rescue Technicians (SRT’s) patrolled the valley and were on standby to assist the other agencies involved.

Neighbouring Mountain Rescue England and Wales Teams in the Mid Pennine region, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team were on standby to assist CVSRT.

In Attendance: 11 CVSRT
Total Duration: 10hrs 30mins

 

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 16 March 2019
  • Location Calder Valley
  • Grid Reference SE 01063 25976
  • Latitude 53.730178
  • Longitude -1.9853631
  • Man Hours 71
  • Members In Attendance 11
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1156

Saturday, 23 March 2019

At 12:08 on Saturday 23 March Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the treatment and evacuation of a walker who had slipped on the path leading up to Bronte Falls and sustained an injury to their ankle.

20 CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and deployed in team vehicles or directly to the incident near to Stanbury, due to the remote nature of the casualties location the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) was also requested to attend.

With the advantage of flight the YAA arrived on scene first and began medical treatment of the casualty and her obviously broken ankle, within a few minutes the first CVSRT members were arriving on scene.

Being qualified Mountain Rescue Medics the YAA crew then handed over treatment of the patient enabling them to head to other taskings they were being requested to. The CVSRT medics used a shelter to keep the casualty warm, provided pain relief, splinted the injured ankle and kept her comfy whilst the rest of the team and an NHS ambulance arrived.

Once the Ambulance was on scene the medics handed the patient over to the attending crew and CVSRT members assisted with transferring her into the Ambulance for onward travel to hospital.

In Attendance: 20 CVSRT (+1 extra)
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Total Duration: 1hr 54mins

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 23 March 2019
  • Location Back Lane, Stanbury
  • Grid Reference SD 99935 36390
  • Latitude 53.823782
  • Longitude -2.0024648
  • Man Hours 49.6
  • Members In Attendance 20
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1155

Friday, 22 March 2019

At 11:18 on Friday 22nd March Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the location and evacuation of a horse rider who had sustained a suspected head injury.

Fifteen CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and deployed in team vehicles or directly to the incident near Bingley St Ives.

First on scene was a CVSRT Paramedic, who assessed the casualty and provided medical care, assisted by a further team member, until a YAS Paramedic crew arrived. The casualty was then transferred to, and immobilised on a spinal board and kept warm under a ‘cas shelter’.

Once additional CVSRT resources arrived on scene the casualty was moved onto a stretcher using a vacuum mattress and evacuated to an ambulance for onward transport to hospital. West Yorkshire Police assisted safe transfer of the casualty into the ambulance by temporarily closing the road.

Following stand-down of the incident team members returned home or to their place of work to continue their day.

In Attendance: 15 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
West Yorkshire Police
Total Duration: 2hrs 14mins

Additional Info

  • Date Friday, 22 March 2019
  • Location Bingley St Ives
  • Grid Reference SE 08411 38959
  • Latitude 53.846805
  • Longitude -1.8736410
  • Man Hours 33.4
  • Members In Attendance 15
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1153

Thursday, 07 March 2019

At 17:44 on Thursday 7th March Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police, who had received a 999 call, to locate and evacuate two walkers who were lost due to being overcome by darkness near Alcomden Stones, Stanbury Moor.

Phone Find, an app which sends a message to the missing persons’ phone asking for its location, was used successfully and a partial team response of 12 was mobilised to assist the, cold but uninjured, walkers.

The walkers were quickly located, provided with extra warm layers to wear and walked off the hill to team vehicles. Following a welcome hot drink West Yorkshire Police returned them safely to their nearby holiday cottage.

Following stand-down of the incident team members returned to the Rescue Post to wash vehicles, sort and repack kit before heading home to continue their evenings.

In Attendance: 12 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police
Total Duration: 2hrs 46mins

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 07 March 2019
  • Location Alcomden Stones
  • Grid Reference SD 97270 35740
  • Latitude 53.817931
  • Longitude -2.0429480
  • Man Hours 33.2
  • Members In Attendance 12
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Finn did well

Friday, 08 March 2019

Yesterday saw the start of Cruft’s and a time of year when dogs of all shapes, sizes and uses hit our screens. For CVSRT, and many other Lowland Rescue and Mountain Rescue England and Wales teams, dogs trained as Search Dogs provide invaluable additional support year round.

Since the late 1980’s, CVSRT has been fortunate to benefit from a total of 16 dogs belonging to team members, and our four-legged friends have assisted with many missing person searches. One of those 16 dogs is Finn, a handsome Smooth Collie dog, who sadly passed away after a short illness in February.

After some time to grieve the sad loss of his special mate, handler Stephen Garofalo has written some words in tribute to Finn and the journey they shared. RIP Search Dog Finn.

“It all started in October 2007. Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, of which I was a member, staged an exercise on television to try and attract new members. A couple of days later I received a phone call from Team Leader Andy Simpson saying he’d received a letter from Colne dog breeder, Pat Howarth, offering a Smooth Collie pup for training as a Search Dog. I accepted the offer.

The litter arrived on the 29th of December and on the 14th of February I picked my dog, Finn. He was a tri-coloured pup and I liked the fact that he was of a good size and affectionate. The time came where we took him home. He instantly took over the cat bed and during day light hours was very happy with his new surroundings. At night he missed his mother. Anyone who knew Finn will tell you that he was very vocal and he spent the small hours sharing his grief with the entire street! The solution was to spend that first week sleeping on my back with my right arm outstretched to the pup and woe betide me if I changed position!

I had a few problems in 2008. My wife left me, my old search dog Roy died, and I lost my job. I suppose things might have been worse, but Finns training suffered because I didn’t give him the time and attention a young dog requires. But, as with all things, I was able to recover and by January 2011 I arrived at a Search and Rescue Search Dogs Association (now Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England) assessment with a good strong dog. Finn was fast and rangy with a strong bark indication. He liked people and he definitely liked to bark - not a bad combination in a Search Dog. Consequently we had an easy assessment and got onto the call-out list with a strong pass.

We then completed two operational searches, but on the second search he managed to cut his right hind leg. The first thing I noticed was a pool of blood on a stile platform he had just jumped over. A close inspection of the injury revealed cut tendons, fortunately the ones that gave his foot shape and not the ones that propelled him. Luckily he only needed stitches and not a cast. However, I then had three months with a bored idle dog, but he did make a full recovery.

We attended seventy four searches over the years. Some were very high profile and some were in beautiful surroundings. It saddens me that he never had a find but at least he never missed anyone which is more important.

I noticed over this winter that he had slowed down and on the Sunday before Christmas he had a fit. He then had another on the 16th of January. Blood and urine test at the vets revealed nothing that could cause a fit, but on the 28th of January he had a fit in the evening and then another in the small hours of the morning. On Tuesday morning we took him to the vets, where he had another fit and the vet noticed that some of his liver enzymes were high and wanted to scan his liver before making a decision on how to treat the fits. He later phoned me to say they had found a tumour on his liver and that they were struggling to control his fits. Even if they could control his fits, between the drugs which would be needed to treat them and the weakened condition of his liver, he would only have a few months to live. I instructed the vet to put him down and that was it.

Everyone one thinks their dog is very special and I am no exception. Finn was my mate, a constant companion who came everywhere with me. I have many memories of days on the hill with him - we travelled the length and breadth of the country together. He's been everywhere from Land’s End to the North coast of Scotland. He had a very expressive face, could bark with his mouth full and in his youth he was fast enough to catch grey squirrels. He was well socialised and was good with other dogs, children and cats. He has sired two litters of puppies and has grandchildren.

On the down side he soon worked out that jabbing people in the crutch with his nose was a sure way of getting attention and his bottom served as a spring which bubbled forth almost continual dog wind.

We're going to miss him, but on the bright side I am in the process of acquiring one of his great grandsons and hope to train him as a Search Dog. Assuming the mother is pregnant the pups will arrive in April and I will have a new dog in July. Finn did well.”

Finn and handler Stephen on their successful assessment in 2011

Finn with CVSRT Search Dogs Jack and Pepper

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