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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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On Monday 4th of March CVSRT received a generous donation of £1000 from members of De Warren Masonic Lodge, Blackwall, Halifax.

Representatives of the Lodge visited the Rescue Post for an update on CVSRT news followed by a demonstration of the capability of our new Incident Control Vehicle, Calder Mobile 4 (CM4).

The Master, Peter Reeve, then presented a cheque to CVSRT Chairman David Warden.

CVSRT are extremely grateful for this funding which will be used to purchase additional IT equipment for, and undertake minor adaptations to, CM4.

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Sunday, 24 February 2019

At 19:41 on Sunday 24th February 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 and cold due to being overcome by darkness on the moors surrounding Gaddings Dam.

SARCALL, an app which sends a message to the missing persons’ phone asking for its location, was used successfully and a partial team response of 15 was mobilised to assist the walkers.

Fell parties, including ‘Jack’ a Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England search dog, approached the walkers last known point from two directions. The walkers were quickly located, provided with extra warm layers to wear and assessed by a team member under a ‘cas shelter’. After being warmed up sufficiently they were led off the moor to the Shepherds Rest Inn and their car.

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

In Attendance: 15 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police
Total Duration: 3hrs 4mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 24 February 2019
  • Location Walsden Moor
  • Grid Reference SD 94595 22088
  • Latitude 53.695205
  • Longitude -2.0833345
  • Man Hours 46.9
  • Members In Attendance 15
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1151

Saturday, 23 February 2019

At 13:54 today Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team were tasked by West Yorkshire Police, who had received a 999 call requesting Mountain Rescue, to locate and evacuate an injured female walker who had sustained a lower leg injury whilst out walking near Gaddings Dam.

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

Once at the scene the casualty was assessed by a team member and her leg box splinted. She was then placed in a winter casualty bag and evacuated by stretcher to the roadside at the Shepherds Rest Inn. CVSRT then provided onward seated transport to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Following stand-down of the incident team members returned with vehicles to the Rescue Post to sort and repack kit, heading off to continue with their Saturday afternoons by 16:30.

In Attendance: 15 CVSRT

Total Duration: 2hrs 34mins

Photo credit: Hanners Photography

 

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 23 February 2019
  • Location Gaddings Path, Lumbutts
  • Grid Reference SD 94673 22865
  • Latitude 53.702194
  • Longitude -2.0821667
  • Man Hours 40.5
  • Members In Attendance 15
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1149

Saturday, 16 February 2019

#CALLOUT At 21:45 yesterday, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with location and evacuation of an injured female on steep ground in Colden Clough, Hebden Bridge.

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

On arrival at the scene CVSRT members joined West Yorkshire Police officers in undertaking a rapid path search for the casualty, which, assisted by the National Police Air Service, was successful within 18 minutes.

The casualty was then assessed by CVSRT members and YAS Hazardous Area Response Team Paramedics. Following on-scene treatment the casualty was packaged and placed on a stretcher which had been lowered down the steep slope using a rope rescue system established by all agencies present – at this point it had become a full multi-agency response with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service also in attendance.

The rope rescue system was then used to haul the stretcher up a steep slope to safe ground above and carried 1.5 kilometres to a YAS ambulance crew waiting at the nearest road head. 

Following stand-down of the incident team members returned with vehicles to the Rescue Post to sort, wash and repack kit, finally heading home at 02:45.

At 16:09 today CVSRT received the second request of the weekend - to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service with an incident at Otley Chevin. Twenty-one CVSRT members mobilised to the incident, however, stand-down was received en route.

In attendance: 15 CVSRT
National Police Air Service
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)
YAS Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)

Total duration: 5hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 16 February 2019
  • Location Colden Clough
  • Grid Reference SD 97448 28089
  • Latitude 53.749168
  • Longitude -2.0401847
  • Man Hours 66.6
  • Members In Attendance 15
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1135

Monday, 05 November 2018

At 18:30 on Monday 5th November, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a missing 70 year old male walker.

CVSRT members undertook an overnight search of open areas and woodland. In the early hours of Tuesday the search was enlarged to include fell parties and search dogs from eleven neighbouring Mountain Rescue Teams who were drafted in to continue the search in daylight hours.

The casualty was located at 11:45 on 6th November by HM Coastguard S92 helicopter with only minor injuries and taken to hospital for treatment.

Thank-you to all the Mountain Rescue England and Wales teams involved in assisting Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service; Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA), Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.

In Attendance: 37 CVSRT
Other : 90 Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA), Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.
West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
HM Coastguard S92 (Bristows Helicopters – Humberside)
Total Duration: 22hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 05 November 2018
  • Location Stanbury
  • Grid Reference SE 00625 37081
  • Latitude 53.829991
  • Longitude -1.9919801
  • Man Hours 473.9
  • Members In Attendance 37 (+90)
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1136

Thursday, 08 November 2018

At 08:42 today Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a 50yo male with a lower leg injury from moorland above Hawksworth, Leeds.

Team members arrived on scene to join a multi-agency effort to evacuate the casualty. Following on-scene treatment by YAS the casualty was packaged and stretchered off the moor to the YAS Hazardous Area Response Team Polaris all-terrain vehicle for transfer to a land ambulance for the onward journey to hospital.

In Attendance: 16 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)
YAS Hazardous Response Team (HART)
Total Duration: 5hrs 18mins

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 08 November 2018
  • Location Hawksworth
  • Grid Reference SE 14122 40083
  • Latitude 53.874987
  • Longitude -1.7486393
  • Man Hours 84.7
  • Members In Attendance 16
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1142

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

At 12.25 today, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of an injured 70yr female at Otley Chevin.‬

‪By coincidence, a doctor from CVSRT was in the area and diverted to the incident to help the casualty whilst additional team members deployed from our four vehicle bases at Mytholmroyd, Copley, Halifax Fire Station and Todmorden Ambulance Station. ‬ ‬

‪Once on-scene, the team doctor provided thermal insulation to the casualty and then coordinated the evacuation to a nearby private ambulance (crewed by Oak Valley Event Medics), which was attending the Chevin Chase fell race. Then the lady was handed over to the Yorkshire Ambulance crew for treatment and onward journey to hospital.‬‬

‪Since the personnel on scene had everything under control, the additional CVSRT members were stood down en route and returned to base.‬‬

In Attendance: 14 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Oak Valley Event Medics
Total Duration: 40mins

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 26 December 2018
  • Location Otley Chevin
  • Grid Reference SE 02090 44031
  • Latitude 53.892453
  • Longitude -1.9696856
  • Man Hours 9.33
  • Members In Attendance 14
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Training in the core skills required to be a full hillgoing CVSRT mountain rescue team member is an ongoing commitment. Each team member must demonstrate they can meet the requirements on an annual cycle. Our twice-monthly training sessions focus on learning and practicing these skills.

Last night CVSRT held a training session at Halifax Fire Station (the base for CM4 our Incident Control Vehicle) to practice casualty ‘packaging’. This core skill is ‘bread and butter’ for the team - almost all callouts involve some element of casualty handling, packaging and evacuation by stretcher.

Team members visited eight ‘round-robin’ stations designed to allow them to demonstrate appropriate casualty packaging using stretchers, lifting mats, casualty bags and vacuum mattress, and also turning, lifting and loading of a casualty on to a stretcher.

The team frequently use a ‘Bell’ stretcher, a stalwart of the mountain rescue world which was designed and first manufactured back in the late 1960’s. Like many other pieces of team equipment, stretchers have an operational life span. Later this year CVSRT will need to invest funds to purchase two replacement stretchers.

Many thanks to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for the use of their facilities at Halifax Fire Station.

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