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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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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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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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Sunday, 13 January 2019

At 12:30 CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist in the treatment and evacuation of an injured walker. The lady who had slipped whilst descending a path within Hardcastle Crags had suffered an injury to her wrist and needed medical attention.

First on scene within 10 minutes was a CVSRT Doctor who assessed the casualty’s injuries and kept her warm and dry within a ‘cas shelter’ while waiting for the rest of the team to arrive.

Once the team vehicles and equipment arrived on scene, the casualty was given pain relief, her wrist splinted and a warm sleeping bag placed around her. Then it was onto a stretcher and up the hill to the road and handed over to the waiting Ambulance Crew for onward travel to hospital.

In Attendance: 24 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Total Duration: 2hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 13 January 2019
  • Location Hardcastle Crags
  • Grid Reference SD 97375 29680
  • Latitude 53.763462
  • Longitude -2.0412925
  • Man Hours 48
  • Members In Attendance 24
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Tuesday, 01 January 2019

At 13:20 today CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of an injured walker at Great Bride Stones, Todmorden.

Locally based team members attending the incident direct were first on scene, closely followed by other team members deployed in team vehicles. The casualty’s injuries were assessed, pain relief administered and lower leg splinted, before being packaged and evacuated by stretcher to the road nearby.

The casualty was then re-assessed and, as they were able to travel as a seated passenger, transferred to their own car for the onward journey to an NHS Urgent Care Centre (UCC) for further assessment and treatment.

In Attendance: 17 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)
YAS Rapid Response Vehicle
Total Duration: 2hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 01 January 2019
  • Location Great Brides Stones
  • Grid Reference SD 93085 26668
  • Latitude 53.736350
  • Longitude -2.1063066
  • Man Hours 34
  • Members In Attendance 17
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Thursday, 18 October 2018

At 12:26 today, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of an injury horse rider who had fallen when the horse was stung by a wasp. The rider had sustained a suspected leg fracture.

Whilst team members made their way to the location, SARLOC was used to pinpoint the exact location of the casualty. Once on-scene, CVSRT members packaged and transferred the casualty by stretcher to the land ambulance for onward journey to hospital. Also in attendance was Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

In attendance:
17 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 18 October 2018
  • Location Baildon Moor
  • Grid Reference SE 14124 40074
  • Latitude 53.856702
  • Longitude -1.7867531
  • Man Hours 61.4
  • Members In Attendance 17
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On Tuesday 16th October, CVSRT member Steve Britton was presented with a Life Membership Certificate in recognition of his service to the team. Steve is stepping down from active duty to move ‘down south’ for work and to be nearer family.

Steve joined the team in 2004 and has held the role of Equipment Officer for 7years and Vehicle Officer for 5years.

CVSRT Leader Ben Carter said, “Steve and I joined the team at the same time and I would like to make special mention to his commitment to the team over the last 15 years. Steve has one of the highest attendance for Fundraising Events, Training and Callouts and he is often seen in his spare time cutting the lawn or maintaining The Rescue Post – there’s no denying we will miss you.”

Steve replied, “I wasn’t keeping count, I just got on with it!” He thanked the team for the certificate and concluded, “I’m going to miss being part of the team - you are like my extended family.”

Wishing you all the best for the future Steve.
CVSRT.

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