Saturday, 16 March 2019

Following a period of persistent heavy rain which saw 59.44mm of rain fall in 24hrs Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team made assets available. Two CVSRT vehicles crewed by seven Swiftwater Rescue Technicians (SRT’s) patrolled the valley and were on standby to assist the other agencies involved.

Neighbouring Mountain Rescue England and Wales Teams in the Mid Pennine region, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team were on standby to assist CVSRT.

In Attendance: 11 CVSRT
Total Duration: 10hrs 30mins


Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 16 March 2019
  • Location Calder Valley
  • Grid Reference SE 01063 25976
  • Latitude 53.730178
  • Longitude -1.9853631
  • Man Hours 71
  • Members In Attendance 11
Published in Incidents


Thursday, 12 January 2017

CVSRT received a request from Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team to provide flood support to the community in their operational area. A storm surge had been forecast along the East Coast and there was a high risk of flooding.

Read more: Tidal Surge

In attendance: 5 CVSRT members

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 12 January 2017
  • Location Scarborough
  • Grid Reference TA 04181 89106
  • Latitude 54.286974
  • Longitude -0.40110865
  • Man Hours 93
  • Members In Attendance 5
Published in Incidents


Monday, 28 December 2015

CVSRT's trained Water Technicians departed the valley at 7am with two of our Land Rovers journeying to York.

On arrival, team members attended a flood status briefing, along with fellow Mountain Rescue Teams from around the country.

Rescuers spent the day helping to evacuate residents and carrying out welfare checks where required.

At 17:00, the 8 members returned to base to decontaminate their equipment and vehicles ready for the next deployment. 



Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 28 December 2015
  • Location York City Centre
  • Grid Reference SE599519
  • Latitude 53.959965
  • Longitude -1.0872979
  • Man Hours 80
  • Members In Attendance 8
Published in Incidents


Sunday, 27 December 2015

Saturday 26th December 2015 (Boxing Day), 09:20am

CVSRT received an urgent request from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and West Yorkshire Police for immediate assistance with the widespread severe flooding along the River Calder and throughout the Calder Valley.

What followed over the next 24 hours, (and continues to reek havoc) is well documented in the press and across all the social media channels.  There is very little more we can say to describe the utter devastation that has ruined so many homes and lives.

CVSRT Swiftwater Rescue Technicians (SRTs) were tasked to assist with numerous rescues throughout the valley based on medical priority, including checking the welfare of several elderly and ‘at risk’ members of the community, and also the evacuation of medical emergencies including the evacuation of an elderly gentleman suffering from chest pains via HM Coastguard helicopter (SAR-H).

In early December, our SRTs helped fellow rescuers in Cumbria with their floods.  Yesterday our local emergency services battled tirelessly to assist those in need in Calderdale.  Today the clean up began throughout the valley. Tomorrow, CVSRT will deploy several SRTs to assist within another surge expected in York whilst the remaining CVSRT members remain on stand-by to assist the other emergency services. 

The scale of the destruction is vast, swift and heartbreaking, and as members of the community, we feel the extreme sadness too.

Please pull together at this horrendous time and help each other as members of your community. 

Community Foundation for Calderdale have launched the ‘Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal’ to raise funds to support people within the valley whose lives have been affected by the floods.

Please dig deep and support if you can: https://localgiving.com/appeal/Flooding

Photograph by Dave Whitehouses, Mytholmroyd.  

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 26 December 2015
  • Location Calderdale
  • Grid Reference SE011260
  • Latitude 53.730928
  • Longitude -1.9837091
  • Man Hours 300
  • Members In Attendance 36
Published in Incidents

CVSRT assist #CumbriaFloods

Sunday, 06 December 2015

CALLOUT UPDATE: CVSRT Swiftwater Rescue Technicians remain in Cumbria to assist local emergency services with the #CumbriaFloods #StormDesmond

More details later: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35019021

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