Thursday, 18 October 2018

At 12:26 today, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of an injury horse rider who had fallen when the horse was stung by a wasp. The rider had sustained a suspected leg fracture.

Whilst team members made their way to the location, SARLOC was used to pinpoint the exact location of the casualty. Once on-scene, CVSRT members packaged and transferred the casualty by stretcher to the land ambulance for onward journey to hospital. Also in attendance was Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

In attendance:
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 18 October 2018
  • Location Baildon Moor
  • Grid Reference SE 14124 40074
  • Latitude 53.856702
  • Longitude -1.7867531
  • Man Hours 61.4
  • Members In Attendance 17
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High Brown Knoll, 21:30hrs

“Calder Control; this is 'Exercise Charlie One' requesting an exercise helimed for a subject with a suspected MI at grid reference Sierra Echo 0098 3042. Over.”
“Control to Exercise Charlie One, Helimed 99 is en route to your location. ETA 30 minutes. Over”
“Control, just to confirm; actual Helimed 99 en route, not an exercise helimed? Over.”
“Correct, prep a landing site. Out.”

This was the point our evening suddenly became interesting. Tasked with finding four overdue Scouts and their leader, we’d trudged our way through the snow up to the trig point following their planned route. Our casualties were located in an emergency shelter, overdue as their leader had had a ‘funny turn’. While the nominated casualty carer set about dealing with the patient, the rest of us took care of the Scouts and came up with a plan. Normally, requesting a helimed at night was unheard of, but as the Yorkshire Air Ambulance had started flying at night and we needed our casualty evacuated as fast as possible, we figured why not ask. We were surprised when it was granted. A first for our team landing the air ambulance at night, let alone on top of a summit in full winter conditions.

The next 20 hours were to be the culmination of the past year of training, and our past six months on the call out list. With a range on mentors on site to assess our capability, we would take turns performing each specific role within the Search and Rescue Team across a variety of different scenarios – this was our final assessment before we were granted full team membership.

With our patient airborne, we walked the Scouts off the hill towards where we had arranged a rendezvous with a team vehicle. Re-united with their leader, who’d made a miraculous recovery in the back of the air ambulance, we debriefed on the scenario and awaited our next tasking. We were given a grid reference a few kilometres away and a specific route to take there.

But what would we find? Maybe we’ll be searching for a vulnerable missing person? Or a farmer who was showing early signs of heart failure and needed evacuation from his house to an ambulance? Or a Geocacher, who had fallen down a cascade and broken his ankle? How about someone who fell off a crag who was holding onto a tree and needed hauling back up? All pretty regular jobs for CVSRT, ones we’ve seen and trained for. The answer was all five scenarios - spaced out overnight and into the next day when we finally returned to base, stripped all our kit down, re packed the vehicles ready for a real callout, and then debriefed for the last time.

Thankfully we all passed our final assessment and qualified as full team members. For us, this is just the beginning. Though full team members now, we’ve only just started learning what it really means to be part of the mountain rescue family at CVSRT. Our best wishes go to the next batch of trainees who are about to start their training.

CVSRT would like to thank West Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Air Ambulance for the assistance with the night evacuation. Thanks also to the staff at Hardcastle Crags for the use of their barn and Adrian & Kathryn Leach for the use of their farm. Finally, thanks to all the CVSRT members and active supporters group who helped and supported us during our final ‘Probie Assessment’ weekend.

CVSRT Probationary Members (2017-18)
Greg May, John Hickling, Matt Keyse and Tom Britten

Written by CVSRT Greg May.  Photography by CVSRT Dave Howarth, Al Day and Howard Barton. 

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Saturday, 02 September 2017

At 13:25, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a casualty suffering breathing difficulties at a farm with limited vehicle access.

CM2 was already out covering an event at Robinwood Activity Centre so despatched directly to the scene to offer assistance. Yorkshire Air Ambulance were also on scene.

In attendance: 8 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Total Duration: 3hrs 35mins

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 02 September 2017
  • Location Sykes Gate Farm, Cragg Vale
  • Grid Reference SE 00434 21453
  • Latitude 53.689528
  • Longitude -1.9948983
  • Man Hours 28.7
  • Members In Attendance 8
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Sunday, 20 August 2017

At 19:55, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to provide urgent assistance with a vehicle, which had left the A672 (Rishworth Moor) and had come to rest approx. 50-60ft down the steep banking in a deep ravine. 19 CVSRT members were available to assist immediately and deployed in team vehicles or directly.

Once on-scene, team members were advised by West Yorkshire Police that the driver was missing from the vehicle, so we were tasked with assisting with a multi-agency search for the driver at the crash site and surrounding moorland.

At 02:00, CVSRT members concluded their tasking and returned to base, then onward to their homes. No further information is available at this moment.

Police enquiries are ongoing.

In attendance: 19 CVSRT

West Yorkshire Police (WYP)
West Yorkshire Police Dogs (WYPD)
West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit (WYP RPU)
National Police Air Service (NPAS CarrGate)
Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA)
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)
YAS Hazardous Area Response Team (YAS HART)
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS)
WYFRS Technical Rescue Unit (TRU)
Search and Rescue Dog from Cave Rescue Organisation (SARDA England) (CRO)

Total Duration: 6hrs 5mins

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 19 August 2017
  • Location Boothwood Reservoir, Rishworth Moor
  • Grid Reference SE 01038 16142
  • Latitude 53.641790
  • Longitude -1.9857744
  • Man Hours 97.3
  • Members In Attendance 19
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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
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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
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
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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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