1013

Saturday, 20 May 2017

At 11:48, CVSRT were alerted to an incident at Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, where Yorkshire Ambulance Service were requesting assistance to locate and evacuate an injured 60yo lady who had fallen and sustained a shoulder injury. 16 CVSRT members were available to respond instantly and made their way to the location either in team vehicles or directly.

Once on-scene near Gibson Mill, team members administered pain relief and when the lady was comfortable she was packaged and evacuated by stretcher to the waiting ambulance.

In attendance: 16 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 2hrs 42mins

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 20 May 2017
  • Location Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge
  • Grid Reference SD 97305 29848
  • Latitude 53.764974
  • Longitude -2.0423681
  • Man Hours 40.5
  • Members In Attendance 16
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Core Skills Training Day 2017

Sunday, 09 April 2017

Specialist training for the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team is a weekly requirement to maintain the essential skills needed to operate safely as an effective emergency response service. Whilst we are all volunteers, team members are highly trained to guidelines set by Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW). At the heart of these guidelines is a set of 10 core skills, which ensures a high level of capability, but also a respect for personal and team safety as well as the care for the casualty. Skills include; search and rescue planning and management, specialist medical treatment, technical steep ground and crag rescue, night and adverse weather search and rescue, body recovery, swiftwater and flood rescue, and stretcher evacuation.

Annually we organise a ‘Core Skills Training Day’ for team members to refresh and practice these skills. Each year we choose a different location within our operational area to experience different terrains and potential hazards from certain locations. This year’s training was held on Saturday 11th March at St Ives Estate, Bingley, with previous training days held at Green Withens Reservoir, Ilkley Moor, Hardcastle Crags and the Castle Carr Estate.

Midway through the morning training session, Yorkshire Ambulance Service alerted the team to a real 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 to assist with her evacuation. Thanks to an accurate location and guidance from friends of the lady, she was quickly located in Crow Nest Wood and team doctors promptly administered pain relief before relocating her dislocated ankle. Once comfortable, she was packaged and stretchered to the road and handed over to the ambulance crew.

Amy Brandreth was the lady who found herself in this unfortunate situation and recently contacted us to say thanks for assisting with her rescue. “I was out walking with a group of friends heading from Hebden Bridge to Stoodley Pike as part of our training to undertake the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. We had only been gone about half a mile when I slipped on a stone and the crack from my ankle echoed around the valley! I knew straight away what type of injury I had. We phoned the emergency services and I was able to use the map to give a 6-figure grid reference of our location, we also sent two of our group to meet the emergency services at the bottom of the footpath. From our vantage point on the footpath overlooking the valley, I was able to see the CVSRT and ambulance arriving - I wasn’t expecting 27 of the rescue team though! The team were great and I am extremely grateful for their care and compassion on the day, and look forward to meeting them in less unfortunate circumstances!”

By 13:30, team members had returned to St Ives Estate, Bingley to complete their Core Skills Training with the assistance of representatives from West Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and with special guest MP Holly Lynch plus a visit from Pam Laking, Chairlady of the Friends of St Ives. During the afternoon session, team members worked through skill stations and then were tasked with two simultaneous search and rescue scenarios, aimed at testing their newly refreshed core skills.

CVSRT would like to thank the Queensbury Village Walking Group and all our friends and families for volunteering as training casualties during the day. Special thanks go to our Active Supporters Group who consistently support the team and thanks to Bob Smith (Grough Magazine), who was on-hand to capture some photos of the incident and the whole training day and finally to Amy, we wish you a speedy recovery. [View Incident 1003]

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1004

Sunday, 12 March 2017

At 13:58 today, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service for assistance with locating and evacuating a lady who had fallen whilst walking along the riverside walk at Hardcastle Crags, sustaining a back injury and was unable to stand.

19 members were available to respond immediately and team vehicles were mobile within 2 minutes of receiving the request for help. First on-scene was a CVSRT doctor who cared for the lady whilst the remaining members arrived with the stretcher for evacuation.

Once packaged in a vacuum mattress, the casualty was stretchered to the lower car park and handed over to the ambulance crew for onward journey hospital.

In attendance: 19 CVSRT and Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 12 March 2017
  • Location Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge
  • Grid Reference SD 98854 29156
  • Latitude 53.758765
  • Longitude -2.0188575
  • Man Hours 57.6
  • Members In Attendance 19
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1003

Saturday, 11 March 2017

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

Additional Info

  • 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
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1002

Sunday, 05 March 2017

At 12:33hrs on Sunday 5th March 2017, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a 12-year-old casualty who had fallen off his mountain bike, sustaining head and leg injuries.

20 team members were available to respond and made their way in team vehicles or directly to the Hardcastle Crags location.

Once on-scene, team members worked alongside the ambulance crew to stabilise the casualty and assisted in treating his injuries. They then packaged and extracted him to a waiting ambulance at the road head for onward journey to hospital.

In attendance: 20 CVSRT members
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Total Duration: 1hrs 17mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 05 March 2017
  • Location Hardcastle Crags
  • Grid Reference SD 98930 29181
  • Latitude 53.758985
  • Longitude -2.0177090
  • Man Hours 35.1
  • Members In Attendance 20
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1001

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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1000

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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997

Sunday, 19 February 2017

At 09:47, CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a 52yo man who had fallen off his mountain bike and sustained a head injury. The rider’s friends raised the alarm as he was feeling quite confused and drifting in and out of consciousness.

22 team members were available to respond instantly and made their way to the location in team vehicles or directly. Once on-scene, team members assisted the YAS crew to make the casualty comfortable and then packaged him in our vacuum mattress before evacuating the casualty some distance by stretcher to the road, where he was handed over to the ambulance crew for transfer to hospital.

In attendance:
22 CVSRT members
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 2hrs 18mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 19 February 2017
  • Location Harden Moor, nr Cullingworth
  • Grid Reference SE 06880 38508
  • Latitude 53.842773
  • Longitude -1.8969280
  • Man Hours 63
  • Members In Attendance 22
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992

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Whilst 22 team members were en route to assist with an incident at Brontë Falls near Haworth, a second callout was received from the Ambulance Control Centre asking for assistance with a 72yo gentleman, who had fallen in a wooded area near Bingley.

At this point, Calder Mobiles 2 & 3, along with 12 members carried on to the Brontë Falls incident, whilst Mobile 1 with 10 members diverted to the Bingley incident, utilising Mobile 3 once the crew had been dropped off. 

Once on-scene, team members assisted the ambulance crew to treat the gentleman for hypothermia and a head injury, before packaging and evacuating the casualty to the ambulance waiting nearby. At 14:45, the full team stood down and returned to base, and then onward to their homes.

Quick thinking and prompt actions made for two successful simultaneous rescues. Read more about Incident #991 Brontë Falls.

CVSRT would like to mentioned the young lads who found the gentleman and dialled 999, then waited at the road junction to wave team vehicles down at the correct side road to the nearest access point.

In attendance:

10 CVSRT members 

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 1hrs 46mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 29 January 2017
  • Location Gilstead Lane
  • Grid Reference SE 12155 39100
  • Latitude 53.847999
  • Longitude -1.8167288
  • Man Hours 18.2
  • Members In Attendance 10
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977

Wednesday, 09 November 2016

At 09:08 this morning, CVSRT received a request for assistance from a First Responder and an ambulance crew, with the evacuation of an injured lady who had fallen at Hardcastle Crags, sustaining a suspected leg fracture.

CVSRT members were quickly on-scene and whilst a team paramedic assessed the extent of the casualty’s injuries and provided pain relief, the remaining members provided protection from the cold and prepared the stretcher for evacuation.

Once the casualty was comfortable, the injured leg was splinted and the lady was placed into a winter casualty bag and stretchered for a short distance to the ambulance for onward journey to hospital.

In attendance: 14 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Duration: 2hrs 7mins

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 09 November 2016
  • Location New Bridge Hall, Hardcastle Crags
  • Grid Reference SD 98800 29000
  • Latitude 53.757358
  • Longitude -2.0196801
  • Man Hours 29.6
  • Members In Attendance 14
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