Commendation Award

20 Apr 2014

It was a case of double delight for members of the team as we were commended and given a cheque by the West Yorkshire Police. 

Pictured left to right - Team members John, Ann, Pete, Les & Bryan attended the annual Calderdale Police Awards to accept the District Commander’s Commendation for the life-saving voluntary work carried out during last year’s snow storms.

And, just as important for the teams’ volunteers the police presented team members with a cheque for £2,000 which will help significantly with the annual £35,000 running costs.

Team leader Les Wilson said: “The award makes us feel very proud indeed.

“We’re a team of 46 volunteers so every time we go out on any type of job everyone’s giving up their time for free. Quite often we have got up in the middle of the night or have just rushed in from work. So to get an award for our efforts makes us really proud”.

“The recognition is more valuable than anything, but as a completely unfunded organisation, a £2,000 cheque is a massive thing for us.”

Speaking at the awards ceremony, held at The Shay, Calderdale District Superintendent Owen West said: “In March of last year the team saw, even for them, unprecedented demand in relation to the heavy snow fall. In a five day period the team mobilised and dealt with all manner of critical incidents and played a significant part in the air lifting of a casualty by RAF helicopter.”

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