Friday, 12 May 2017

At 20:55, CVSRT were alerted to an incident at Chellow Dene near Bradford, where Yorkshire Ambulance Service were requesting assistance to evacuate an injured 14yo boy who had fallen in to Devils Cave sustaining a serious leg injury.

18 CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and made their way to the location either in team vehicles or directly. Once on-scene, team members rigged a rope system to lower a team member down to the casualty. He was then placed on to a stretcher and lowered to the cave floor, where the boy was then carried to the ambulance at the road.

Also on-scene assisting with the rescue were West Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

At 23:09, CVSRT stood down and returned to base, then onward to their homes.

In attendance: 18 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
YAS Hazardous Area Response Team
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Total Duration: 3hrs 4mins

Additional Info

  • Date Friday, 12 May 2017
  • Location Chellow Dene, Bradford
  • Grid Reference SE 11382 34707
  • Latitude 53.808532
  • Longitude -1.8286392
  • Man Hours 55.2
  • Members In Attendance 18
Published in Incidents


Sunday, 19 February 2017

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with evacuation of two children who were stuck on steep banking above the Rochdale Canal.

Whilst team members were en route to the location, we received a stand down as West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were already in attendance and dealing with the incident.

WYFRS Incident: http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/incident/cliff-rescue-todmorden-area/

In attendance: 22 CVSRT
Total Duration: 1hr

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 11 February 2017
  • Location Stubbing Drive, Hebden Bridge
  • Grid Reference SD 98218 27103
  • Latitude 53.740310
  • Longitude -2.0284903
  • Man Hours 22
  • Members In Attendance 22
Published in Incidents


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
Published in Incidents


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

At 13:34 today, West Yorkshire Police​ alerted CVSRT to an incident involving a mountain biker who had fallen off his bike whilst negotiating a technical section of a cycle trail and fell approx. 10metres down a steep banking. Details of exact location or potential injuries were initially vague, therefore various emergency resources were deployed to the scene whilst more details were confirmed.

Emergency services on-scene established that the rider was stuck down the enbankment, hence the call for assistance, but unhurt. He was rescued by WYFRS Technical Rescue and checked over for injuries by our team doctor and paramedic, but thankfully required no medical assistance.

Team members stood down and returned to base, then onward to their homes or places of work.

In attendance:
18 CVSRT members
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Duration: 1hr 48mins

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 21 September 2016
  • Location Cemetery Lane, Sowerby
  • Grid Reference SE 04951 23545
  • Latitude 53.708308
  • Longitude -1.9264724
  • Man Hours 59.4
  • Members In Attendance 18
Published in Incidents


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
Published in Incidents


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