On Thursday 30th November, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team welcomed members from Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA to The Rescue Post in Mytholmroyd for a look round and to learn more about the team.
During the evening, the team was presented with a cheque for £1213.54 from the proceeds of the recent Beer and Cider Festival held in Hebden Bridge.
CVSRT member Wayne Ogden was on-hand to gratefully accept the generous donation and say a huge thanks for everyones support during the festival. Cheers!
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Whilst CVSRT was midway through the morning session of our annual Core Skills Training yesterday, Yorkshire Ambulance Service alerted the team to an incident in Hebden Bridge that required our urgent assistance. Within minutes of the call, 27 members were sent to locate an injured female with a suspected ankle fracture and assist with her evacuation.
Once on-scene, team members quickly located the casualty in Crow Nest Wood and promptly administered pain relief before relocating her dislocated ankle. When the lady’s pain was under control and she was comfortable, the casualty was packaged and stretchered to the road head where she was handed over to the ambulance crew for onward journey to hospital.
By 13:30, team members had returned to St Ives Estate, Bingley to complete their Core Skills Training day with the assistance of representatives from West Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and with special guest MP Holly Lynch. Many thanks also to Bob Smith (Grough Magazine Editorial Director), who was on-hand to capture some photos of the incident and the whole training day.
A full account and photos from the Core Skills day will follow in due course.
In attendance: 27 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Total Duration: 2hrs 32mins
Photography © Bob Smith (Grough Magazine)
- Date Saturday, 11 March 2017
- Location Crow Nest Wood, Hebden Bridge
- Grid Reference SD 99182 26741
- Latitude 53.737055
- Longitude -2.1038794
- Man Hours 68.4
- Members In Attendance 27
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.
CVSRT were called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to help with the evacuation of a vulnerable male who was found down an embankment near the canal and in need of urgent medical assistance.
On arrival, team members used the scoop board to lift the casualty onto our stretcher for a short carry to the ambulance.
18 CVSRT members
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
- Date Monday, 22 August 2016
- Location Palace House Road, Hebden Bridge
- Grid Reference SD 99112 27025
- Latitude 53.739608
- Longitude -2.0149415
- Man Hours 27
- Members In Attendance 18
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team would like to take this opportunity to say a quick thank you for all the support and kind donations the team has received from our community, local groups and businesses since the beginning of the our 50th Anniversary year.
Over the next few weeks we will be making several announcements how these donations and funding will be used or has been spent.
On this occasion, CVSRT is extremely pleased to announce we have received a donation of £2000 from Round Table Groups of Hebden Bridge, Halifax and Elland. These funds will be used to purchase five waterproof radios that will improve communications during flood rescue situations.
CVSRT Training Officer, Howard Barton said, “We are all proud members of the local community, who know far too well the risk of flooding the region faces, and it is so important that we prepare well with the essential skills and correct personal protection equipment. This generous donation is gratefully received – Thank you.”
The team has an ongoing flood resilience programme to increase the teams capability by training and equipping as many team members as possible. We currently have 8 specially trained Swiftwater Rescue Technicians (SRT’s), who were most recently deployed to assist emergency services during the floods in the Calder Valley, Cumbria and York.
On Saturday 30th July, representatives from the Round Table Groups in Hebden Bridge, Halifax and Elland had the opportunity to visit The Rescue Post, to see some of our existing water rescue equipment and as you can see from the photos, one got more than he bargained for!
Please follow our latest news as we make more announcements how the team is developing and preparing for the future.
Images courtesy of www.templarsphotography.co
On Wednesday 18th May, CVSRT members were kindly invited to Hebden Bridge Town Hall to attend the Mayor Making ceremony, where the new Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Tony Hodgins was voted in, along with the incoming Mayoress, Hazel Scriven, Deputy Mayor Pat Fraser and her consort Cllr John Dunford.
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were also named as the new Mayor’s Charity of the Year 2016/17. Team Chairman, Pete Farnell was on hand to gratefully accept and say a few words about the voluntary service the team provides to the local community.
After the formalities, the evening concluded with an opportunity for guests to learn more about the team and a chance to purchase some of our 50th Anniversary goodies.
Everyone enjoyed a charming evening with musical entertainment from The Three Bridges.
CVSRT received an urgent request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a vulnerable missing 14yo boy, who was last seen on the riverside track between Gibson Mill and the car park at Hardcastle Crags. His parents had searched the woods thoroughly for approximately an hour, but couldn't locate him and were becoming increasingly concerned for the boy’s welfare, so contacted the police for help.
Once deployed, several team members were on-scene within 4 minutes and proceeded to do a rapid path search from the car park to Gibson Mill, then returning via riverside route. Whilst this was on going, the remaining team members were on-scene ready to join the woodland search.
Thankfully at 17:42 the team received the good news that the boy had been found safe and well in Hebden Bridge. The team stood down and returned to base in Mytholmroyd, then onward to their homes.
In attendance: 21 CVSRT
Duration 1hr 30mins
- Date Saturday, 07 May 2016
- Location Hardcastle Crags
- Grid Reference SD 98858 29145
- Latitude 53.758663
- Longitude -2.0188075
- Man Hours 31.5
- Members In Attendance 21
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.
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.
- Date Saturday, 26 December 2015
- Location Calderdale
- Grid Reference SE011260
- Latitude 53.730928
- Longitude -1.9837091
- Man Hours 300
- Members In Attendance 36