Huge thanks to Nat West, Halifax, who chose our team as their charity of the year for 2017.

They raised money through various activities such as a static Tour de Yorkshire, cake and book sales, and collecting loose change from their customers. In total, they managed to raise a grand total of £1746.99.

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CVSRT Christmas Street Collections

Thursday, 14 December 2017

It’s that time of year again!

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team will be out and about meeting Christmas shoppers in Keighley and Halifax Town Centres on Saturday 16th December between 10am – 4pm.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet the search dogs and team, and also pick up some CVSRT merchandise, which will make excellent Christmas gifts!

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Friday, 22 September 2017

At 12:30, CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for 74yo Cathryn Holdsworth who was reported missing from her home in Halifax.

Team members were tasked with searching various areas of interest by the police, but without conclusion.

Cathryn is still missing: MISSING PERSONS APPEAL

West Yorkshire Police: WATCH Appeal Cathryn Holdsworth, 74yr
Anyone with any information relating to Cathryn’s whereabouts should contact the police.

In attendance: 16 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police

Total Duration: 7hrs 30mins

Additional Info

  • Date Friday, 22 September 2017
  • Location Heathy Lane, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE 07260 28433
  • Latitude 53.752215
  • Longitude -1.8913795
  • Man Hours 120
  • Members In Attendance 16
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Monday, 28 August 2017

At 06:46, CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a missing person in Wainstalls area of Calderdale. Whilst CVSRT Leaders were making their way to Halifax, the missing person was located by the police, and the team were subsequently stood down.

In attendance: 7 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police

Total Duration: 42mins

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 28 August 2017
  • Location Wainstalls, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE 04684 28400
  • Latitude 53.751946
  • Longitude -1.9304395
  • Man Hours 4.9
  • Members In Attendance 7
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Christmas Collection raises £2941.91

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

On Saturday 19th December, CVSRT members and supporters were out on the streets of Halifax and Keighley for our annual Christmas Collection to help raise funds to keep the team operational.

The weather was kind to us and remained dry although chilly at times, but your heart-warming messages of support and very generous donations were gratefully received throughout the day in both towns with a grand total £2941.91 raised.

Please accept our sincere thanks and we wish you all a Wonderful Safe Christmas and Happy New Year.
Thank you.

If you missed supporting the team and search dogs on Saturday, you can still support us by visiting our SUPPORT US PAGE

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

At 20:51, CVSRT were called to assist West Yorkshire Police with the ongoing search for a vulnerable female who had been reported missing from Calderdale Royal Hospital. Earlier in the evening the police helicopter (NPAS Carr Gate) had searched and cleared all open areas.

24 Team members with Search dog ‘Pepper’ were available to respond immediately and once on-scene were tasked with clearing a large area of dense undergrowth in the Manor Heath Park area of Halifax.

At 22:06, Search dog ‘Pepper’ with hander Ellie located the missing female alive, but in need of medical assistance. Team doctors were quickly in attendance and the casualty was then transferred to hospital for further care.

In attendance: 24 CVSRT members

Search Dog 'Pepper' (SARDA England)

West Yorkshire Police

NPAS Carr Gate

Total Duration: 3hrs 30mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 11 December 2016
  • Location Manor Heath Park, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE088234
  • Latitude 53.707799
  • Longitude -1.8669033
  • Man Hours 79.2
  • Members In Attendance 24
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WOW! Something happened last night in Halifax and the shockwaves are still being felt today within Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.

Yesterday evening, CVSRT Leader Ben Carter, Deputy Leader Jonathan Cole and Chairman Pete Farnell attended an event at Dean Clough Halifax with 250 guests to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Community Foundation For Calderdale, but little did they know what was about to happen.

For those unfamiliar with the work CFFC does, they are a philanthropic advisor to individual donors and businesses locally, a strategic grant making foundation and community leader. Each year they identify priority local needs and address those needs via their strategic grant making. The foundation aims to make real and lasting changes to key areas of life in Calderdale.

Our members thought they were simply attending to support the fantastic work that the foundation does, until they were called to the stage. At which point, CVSRT members were presented with a cheque for £60,000 to go directly towards replacing the team's incident control vehicle (Calder Mobile 4). WOW indeed!

During 2017, it is our aim to replace the ageing control vehicle, which will cost approximately £70,000 to purchase and specially adapt for mountain rescue service. This incredible donation is the single largest vote of confidence the team has received which will allow us to proceed with the replacement vehicle project.

As most of you know, CVSRT is a registered charity providing an essential, life-saving emergency service and flood rescue support to the community of the Calder Valley and beyond. The Team attends an average of 65+ callouts each year and is staffed entirely by over 50 unpaid volunteers with the invaluable help of our active supporters.

It costs around £35,000 a year just to keep the team operational, this sum does not include the cost of purchasing any new equipment or replacing vehicles. All funds are raised through generous donations from the community and local businesses, as we receive no direct government funding.

CVSRT is literally in shock and we are eternally grateful to CFFC. This concludes our golden jubilee year beautifully. Our sincere thanks to everyone for their support, and for allowing us to continue to provide the essential emergency service to the community.

Thank you from a very, very grateful team.

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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Midway through our 50th Anniversary Celebration Service in Mytholmroyd, CVSRT members became aware of a missing persons appeal issued by West Yorkshire Police for Denise Bishop, a vulnerable 38yo female, who was reported missing from Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Team members immediately noticed similarities to a recent missing person search in Holmfirth by Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, where the female had been successfully found by HVMRT on Friday (18th November) but was hypothermic and in need of medical assistance at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Subsequently the casualty had been transferred to Halifax for further treatment.

At 16:00pm on Saturday (19th November), West Yorkshire Police requested CVSRT assistance and our incident leaders also alerted HVMRT to the new search for the same female. Within the hour, 51 members from both teams had assembled and were deployed in and around the Savile Park area of Halifax. Earlier in the afternoon the missing female had been seen on CCTV entering the park.

As darkness fell, the temperatures also fell below freezing and search efforts intensified into the night with CVSRT Search dog ‘Pepper’ and Cheshire SAR Trailing dog ‘Skye’ joining the search, as well as additional units from the police, the police helicopter and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. All areas of interest radiating out from the last confirmed sighting in Savile Park were thoroughly searched and cleared.

The hospital grounds had already been searched earlier in the day by CRI security staff, however a CVSRT fell party were tasked to search the hospital grounds again just in case the missing female had been wandering for a while and had returned to that location.

At 20:38, the missing female was successfully found by CVSRT in dense foliage at the rear of the hospital. She was alive but wet, cold and very confused. She was able to walk and was escorted indoors for medical assistance.

CVSRT would like to thank HVMRT, WYFRS and WYP for their assistance with searching and covering such a large area so quickly. The combined efforts concluded with a successful find. Excellent team work and a fantastic result.

In attendance:
24 Calder Valley SRT members and 1 Search dog
26 Holme Valley MRT
1 Cheshire SAR Trailing dog and handler
West Yorkshire Police
NPAS Police Helicopter
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 19 November 2016
  • Location Savile Park, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE 08896 23624
  • Latitude 53.708967
  • Longitude -1.8667102
  • Man Hours 24
  • Members In Attendance 132
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Just as team members arrived for the monthly maintenance at our Mytholmroyd base, an urgent call from Yorkshire Ambulance Service was received for assistance with the evacuation of an 85yo man who had fallen over a wall and down the very steep embankment from Dudwell Lane towards the railway. Due to the precarious location of the casualty, the full team was immediately deployed.

As CVSRT members arrived at the location, it became apparent that the emergency services on-scene already had the incident under control. A handful of team members were tasked to assist with the stretcher carry at trackside, whilst the majority team members stood down.

Once the casualty was safely evacuated from the railway line and loaded into the ambulance, team members returned to base to complete the maintenance of vehicles and equipment.

In attendance:
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
(YAS) Hazardous Area Response Team
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
WYF Technical Rescue Team
and 29 CVSRT members


Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 16 August 2016
  • Location Dudwell Lane, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE 09682 23147
  • Latitude 53.704665
  • Longitude -1.8548128
  • Man Hours 49.3
  • Members In Attendance 29
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Thankfully Granville Muir was found alive but fragile by his granddaughter on Wednesday 10th August at 7.45pm. 

Here is a message of thanks from West Yorkshire Police: 

West Yorkshire Police would like to thank everyone who helped in the massive police search for a Halifax grandad. 

Granville Muir, 75, was reported missing on Saturday morning and concerns were growing for his well-being. A massive police search was launched to try and find him involving district officers as well as specialist search and rescue resources including the mounted section, dog unit and NPAS helicopter. Partners from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (an organisation made up entirely of volunteers) and British Transport Police also provided invaluable help. 

The Force was also supported by members of the media who featured police appeals and members of the public who shared and retweeted appeals that went out on facebook, twitter and youtube. 

Mr Muir was found safe and well, although a little dehydrated and fragile at 745pm on Wednesday in a field off of Scarr Bottom Road, Halifax. He was taken to hospital where he is recovering well from his ordeal.

Superintendent Owen West of Calderdale District Police, said: 

"We were growing very concerned for Granville so I am delighted to report a happy ending. On behalf of the Calderdale District and Adele Muir (Granville's daughter) I would like to thank everyone who helped in the search. It truly was a team effort with everyone working together on behalf of a vulnerable missing man. 

"The fact that we have been able to return Granville to his children and grand children is thanks to that effort and hard work, with people going above and beyond to help. 

"I also want to pay tribute to the media who ran our appeals and everyone who shared our messages through social media channels - the response from people was nothing short of phenomenal and really helped when time was of critical importance. It just shows the power of social media in particular to help in police operations."

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