Thursday, 12 January 2017

CVSRT received a request from Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team to provide flood support to the community in their operational area. A storm surge had been forecast along the East Coast and there was a high risk of flooding.

Read more: Tidal Surge

In attendance: 5 CVSRT members

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 12 January 2017
  • Location Scarborough
  • Grid Reference TA 04181 89106
  • Latitude 54.286974
  • Longitude -0.40110865
  • Man Hours 93
  • Members In Attendance 5
Published in Incidents


Monday, 28 December 2015

CVSRT's trained Water Technicians departed the valley at 7am with two of our Land Rovers journeying to York.

On arrival, team members attended a flood status briefing, along with fellow Mountain Rescue Teams from around the country.

Rescuers spent the day helping to evacuate residents and carrying out welfare checks where required.

At 17:00, the 8 members returned to base to decontaminate their equipment and vehicles ready for the next deployment. 



Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 28 December 2015
  • Location York City Centre
  • Grid Reference SE599519
  • Latitude 53.959965
  • Longitude -1.0872979
  • Man Hours 80
  • Members In Attendance 8
Published in Incidents

2015 in Summary

Thursday, 31 December 2015

During 2015, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team has experienced some incredible high points, but sadly we finish the year witnessing first-hand the utter devastation that has ruined so many homes and businesses with the recent floods.

No matter what the situation though, one word resonates throughout… ‘COMMUNITY’…and we are proud to be part of this community.

On behalf of all the volunteers who make up the team; from supporters, dogsbodies and training casualties, probie members and operational full team members, may we take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last twelve months, because without it there is no team.

This evening, we hope you have time to reflect on the past year and look forward to a positive future. Please support one of the numerous fundraising events up and down the valley in aid of the flood relief efforts.

In 2016, we will celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We hope that you will join us at the various events we have planned throughout the year to help mark this monumental milestone. More details will be released soon.

Wishing you a Happy New Year.


Saving lives in wild & remote places since 1966.


2015 in Summary

Incidents: 325 hours

• 60 Full Team callouts

• 13 Search Dog callouts (locally and nationally)

Training & Maintenance: 864 hours

Public Events & Fundraising: 576 hours.


Published in News


Sunday, 27 December 2015

Saturday 26th December 2015 (Boxing Day), 09:20am

CVSRT received an urgent request from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and West Yorkshire Police for immediate assistance with the widespread severe flooding along the River Calder and throughout the Calder Valley.

What followed over the next 24 hours, (and continues to reek havoc) is well documented in the press and across all the social media channels.  There is very little more we can say to describe the utter devastation that has ruined so many homes and lives.

CVSRT Swiftwater Rescue Technicians (SRTs) were tasked to assist with numerous rescues throughout the valley based on medical priority, including checking the welfare of several elderly and ‘at risk’ members of the community, and also the evacuation of medical emergencies including the evacuation of an elderly gentleman suffering from chest pains via HM Coastguard helicopter (SAR-H).

In early December, our SRTs helped fellow rescuers in Cumbria with their floods.  Yesterday our local emergency services battled tirelessly to assist those in need in Calderdale.  Today the clean up began throughout the valley. Tomorrow, CVSRT will deploy several SRTs to assist within another surge expected in York whilst the remaining CVSRT members remain on stand-by to assist the other emergency services. 

The scale of the destruction is vast, swift and heartbreaking, and as members of the community, we feel the extreme sadness too.

Please pull together at this horrendous time and help each other as members of your community. 

Community Foundation for Calderdale have launched the ‘Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal’ to raise funds to support people within the valley whose lives have been affected by the floods.

Please dig deep and support if you can: https://localgiving.com/appeal/Flooding

Photograph by Dave Whitehouses, Mytholmroyd.  

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 26 December 2015
  • Location Calderdale
  • Grid Reference SE011260
  • Latitude 53.730928
  • Longitude -1.9837091
  • Man Hours 300
  • Members In Attendance 36
Published in Incidents


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