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Monday, 17 April 2017

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a young male who, had fallen from a tree and impaled his upper leg on a branch whilst he fell to the ground. A CVSRT doctor and a YAS Responder Paramedic cared for the casualty and then he was packaged and evacuated to the ambulance for onward journey to hospital.

Coincidently several dog handlers from SARDA England were training nearby and diverted to assist with the callout.

In attendance: 22 CVSRT

SARDA England Dog Handlers
4 CVSRT
1 Oldham Mountain Rescue Team
1 Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 1hr 16mins

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 13 April 2017
  • Location Snake Hill Wood, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE 07994 26219
  • Latitude 53.732305
  • Longitude -1.8803046
  • Man Hours 27
  • Members In Attendance 22
Published in Incidents

At our AGM last week, CVSRT & SARDA member Ellie Sherwin was awarded with her 25 years Long Service Award with Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.  What an excellent achievement and incredible commitment.  Well done Ellie, from all at CVSRT.  (pictured here with Search Dog Pepper).

Ellie has kindly written a synopsis of her time with the team so far…

“I have always been an outdoor person and over 25 years ago I was acting as a “body” for the search and rescue dogs.  At this point I decided I would like to be more involved in the nitty gritty of the rescue team and possibly the search dogs, so approached the team about joining.

I can remember being grilled about my “hill” experience, but think that membership of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club of the English Lake District, numerous Munro’s bagged, trips to the Alps, (including Mont Blanc), probably helped to convince the training officer of my capabilities. I also had an outdoor career as a Countryside Warden, at Hollingworth Lake Country Park, which may have contributed to my suitability.

During my time in Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team I have held the position of Secretary and Minutes Secretary, but my main interest has always been with the Search and Rescue Dogs. After a difficult period training my first dog Bonnie, I was awarded the coveted “Novice Shield” in 1995, for outstanding performance at the assessment.

The 4-day assessment confirms your ability to be included on the call out list as a dog handler. In fact my first call out was to search for a man missing near Baitings Dam near Ripponden, and after a very short search Bonnie located the missing person alive, behind a broken down wall.  Following this we featured on a TV programme “Potty about Pets”, in which the team, Bonnie and myself were involved in a re-enactment of the scenario.

Bonnie sadly died at 10 years old, but after a short break Pepper joined the family and proved to be a willing student in the art of search and rescue. Pepper has been graded for 7 years now and in that time has found 2 missing people. I have been National Secretary for SARDA England for two long periods and have also held the position of Members Rep and Training Officer.

Through the team I have had the privilege of joining a group of like-minded people, with great skill and enthusiasm, all dedicated to helping others”.

Ellie Sherwin

CVSRT & SARDA dog handler

Click here to find out more about CVSRT Search Dogs.

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Christmas Collection

Saturday, 19 December 2015

On Saturday saw the deployment of the team en masse to the streets in Halifax and Keighley for our annual Christmas Collection to help raise essential funds to keep the team operational. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to few individuals who helped throughout the day.

Thanks to Christian Scott Hairdressing who supplied water for our Search Dogs and made hot drinks for team members and gave us a box of chocolates towards the end of the day. Thanks also to Liquid Lens, Wright Angle Marketing and Elysium Screens for producing a 10 second digital advert that displayed on loop on the large advertising screen in Halifax town centre… and most of all, many thanks to all Christmas shoppers and local community who came along and supported us throughout the day. Your heart-warming messages of support, incredible gestures of kindness and very generous donations were gratefully received.

The grand total raised was £ 3,891.83. Please accept our sincere thanks.

Have a wonderful Christmas and stay safe if you’re out and about this festive season.

Thank you. CVSRT

If you missed seeing the team but still want to donate, please visit the Support Us page. Thank you. 

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