Friday, 03 March 2017

At 15:41, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist crews with locating and evacuating a 68yo female who had sustained a lower leg injury whilst walking along The Pennine Way at Top Withens (Wuthering Heights), near Haworth.

CVSRT members were able to pinpoint the casualty using SARLOC and deployed to the location. The assistance of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) was also requested.

Once the lady was packaged and comfortable, CVSRT members stretchered her to the helicopter for evacuation from the moors to the land ambulance situated on the road head. Team members then created a secondary landing site for the helicopter and then assisted with the transfer of the casualty to the land ambulance.

This callout was the 1000th incident milestone since the team formed in 1966, and coincidentally it was YAA Aircrew Paramedic, Sammy Wills 999th patient too.

In attendance:
14 CVSRT members
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Total Duration: 3hrs 19mins

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 02 March 2017
  • Location Top Withens, Haworth (Wuthering Heights)
  • Grid Reference SD 98270 35551
  • Latitude 53.816237
  • Longitude -2.0277579
  • Man Hours 43.1
  • Members In Attendance 14
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Friday, 03 March 2017

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of an 80yo male suffering from chest pains. The gentleman was situated in a wooded area near Walshaw Farm.

When team members arrived on-scene, aircrew paramedics from Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) were already in attendance and treating the casualty. The aircrew requested the team’s assistance to quickly evacuate the casualty from the woodland to the helicopter for further assessment.

CVSRT members promptly rigged a single rope haul system to assist with the evacuation by stretcher up the slippery hillside to the helicopter. Following further assessment the casualty was then carried to the land ambulance for transfer to hospital.

At 14:35, team members returned to base, then onward to their places of work or homes.

In attendance: 14 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Total Duration: 2hrs 42mins

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 28 February 2017
  • Location Walshaw Farm
  • Grid Reference SD 97293 31092
  • Latitude 53.776155
  • Longitude -2.0425560
  • Man Hours 40.3
  • Members In Attendance 14
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Sunday, 09 October 2016

On Sunday 9th October at 11:43am, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team was alerted by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to an incident in the Queensbury area involving a 31yr female who had slipped on the banking of a stream and had fallen heavily on her hip.

First CVSRT members arrived just as the Yorkshire Air Ambulance landed, and together made their way to the casualty site. Paramedics from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Hazardous Area Response Team were already in attendance and were tending to the casualty’s immediate need for pain relief.

Once comfortable, CVSRT members packaged the casualty in a vacuum mattress, and smoothly transferred the lady by stretcher to the helicopter for transfer to hospital.

In attendance: 21 CVSRT Members
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)
YAS Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Duration: 2hrs 30mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 09 October 2016
  • Location Lane Side, Queensbury
  • Grid Reference SE 09863 31929
  • Latitude 53.783595
  • Longitude -1.8517940
  • Man Hours 52.5hrs
  • Members In Attendance 21
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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Earlier today, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team was contacted by Yorkshire Ambulance Service requesting assistance with a search for a vulnerable 30yr female who had gone missing and was in need of medical attention.

12 CVSRT members with Search dog ‘Pepper’ were deployed to the location near West Bradford Golf Club. Due to the location, our neighbouring team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, was also placed on stand-by, however thankfully their services were not required.

Whilst the police helicopter searched from over head, a search area was identified and the team deployed. Shortly after entering the woodland, Search dog ‘Pepper’ with handler Ellie Sherwin found the missing female alive, but in need of urgent medical assistance.

The remaining CVSRT members and YAS paramedics were guided to the casualty’s location and affected a swift evacuation to the ambulance.

At 18:00, the team returned to The Rescue Post, then onward to their homes or work. Excellent teamwork and a great result.

Well done ‘Pepper’ for the quick find…(and Ellie of course).

In attendance: 12 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)
Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)
West Yorkshire Police
National Police Air Service (NPAS)

Duration: 4hrs 25mins
Person (and search dog) hrs: 51

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 28 September 2016
  • Location Heaton Wood, Shipley
  • Grid Reference SE 11531 34965
  • Latitude 53.810848
  • Longitude -1.8263670
  • Man Hours 51
  • Members In Attendance 12
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

CVSRT’s assistance was requested yesterday afternoon by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the treatment and evacuation of an injured mountain biker.

The rider was on a fast downhill route at a mountain bike centre in Todmorden when he collided with a tree sustaining several injuries in the process. 15 members of CVSRT responded quickly to the scene and working with paramedics he was treated for his injuries and given pain relief.

Once stable the patient was stretchered the short distance to the waiting ambulance. Due to his injuries the decision was made to fly the casualty to hospital via the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Team members identified a landing site for the helicopter and once landed transferred the casualty from the ambulance to the aircraft for his flight to hospital.

In attendance:
15 CVSRT members
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)
(YAS) Rapid Response Vehicle Paramedic
Yorkshire Air Ambulance (Helimed 98)

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 18 September 2016
  • Location Havoc Bike Park, Cornholme
  • Grid Reference SD 90210 25472
  • Latitude 53.725556
  • Longitude -2.1498523
  • Man Hours 37.5
  • Members In Attendance 15
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Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Earlier this morning, CVSRT was called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the urgent evacuation of an injured walker who had fallen and sustained a suspected closed ankle fracture.

15 team members were available to respond instantly and made their way to our team vehicles, located in Mytholmroyd, Copley and Todmorden.

Once on-scene, CVSRT members assisted the paramedics and Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew to transfer the casualty by stretcher to the helicopter for a short flight to the land ambulance, situated at a nearby site.

At 9am, team members stood down and returned to base, then onward to their place of work.


In attendance: 15 CVSRT Members

Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Rapid Response Vehicle

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Duration: 1hr 47mins

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 08 June 2016
  • Location Rishworth, nr Spa Clough Reservoir
  • Grid Reference SE001155
  • Latitude 53.636254
  • Longitude -1.9987977
  • Man Hours 22
  • Members In Attendance 15
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Sunday, 08 May 2016

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to provide urgent assistance with the evacuation of a 24yo female, who had fallen and sustained a suspected ankle fracture whilst at the Brontë Waterfalls near Haworth.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance was also on scene, however the casualty decided she would prefer to be transferred to hospital by land ambulance. Once she was comfortable, CVSRT members carried the casualty by stretcher out of the valley to the lane head to the waiting ambulance.

In attendance

23 CVSRT members

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Duration: 2hrs 15mins


Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 08 May 2016
  • Location Brontë Waterfall, Haworth
  • Grid Reference SD 99800 35800
  • Latitude 53.818478
  • Longitude -2.0045199
  • Man Hours 51.8
  • Members In Attendance 23
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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.


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Latest CVSRT Newsletter

Monday, 14 December 2015

In this issue:

  • Callout Reports (Feb – Aug 2015)
  • Fundraising News and Donations
  • Public Events, Visits and Presentations
  • Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year
  • HM Coastguard Helicopter Training
  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance Training
  • Croagh Patrick Reek Sunday Pilgrimage
  • Hot Air Balloon Crash Scenario
  • Our 50th Anniversary Celebration Plans
  • Aim Higher Stoodley Pike Challenge
  • Probationary Training
  • How to support the team



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Sunday, 06 December 2015

At 11:28, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a request for urgent assistance by Yorkshire Ambulance Service with the evacuation of a gentleman who had fallen and sustained a suspected broken leg at Brontë Falls, Haworth.

Once on-scene, the casualty was safely packaged and transferred a short distance back up the steep hillside to the waiting air ambulance, for onward journey to hospital.

The team stood down at 12:36 and returned to base to await the arrival back of the Swiftwater Rescue members in Calder Mobile 2 and 3 who were returning from assisting fellow mountain rescue teams and emergency services with the ongoing Cumbria floods.

In attendance: CVSRT, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

View Yorkshire Air Ambulance take off: https://youtu.be/-lMKts6NQhI 

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 06 December 2015
  • Location Brontë Falls, Haworth
  • Grid Reference SD 99861 35786
  • Latitude 53.818352
  • Longitude -2.0035987
  • Man Hours 115.5
  • Members In Attendance 21
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