CVSRT New Recruits 2017-18
Following an information evening attended by 25 people on 17th January, 12 arrived on Saturday for a hill assessment in the hope of gaining a place as one of this year's trainee members.
The day started with a check of personal hill kit followed by a quick ascent of Daisy Bank to warm everyone up. The candidates were split into small groups with 5 operational team members and set off into the wind and rain to demonstrate their navigation and hill skills.
All groups met at Withens Clough reservoir at lunchtime and were treated to well deserved pies, cakes and hot brews before swapping groups and heading off onto the moor again for the afternoon.
The afternoon passed and at 5pm all groups met at Withens Gate for a rest while we waited for darkness to fall. By this point in the day everyone was familiar with each other and there was definitely a sense of camaraderie developing.
As the light faded and night fell, groups were swapped again and we headed out into darkness to check people's night navigation skills. This was cut short by an exercise callout to assist the team with the evacuation of an injured walker at Stoodley Pike. The candidates were instructed to make their way quickly to the Pike where they were met by several team members, who had brought a 40kg dummy and a stretcher onto the hill for the candidates to carry off.
Helmets on, hands on the stretcher and off we go. Under the very 'clear direction' of Deputy Team Leader Jonathon Cole, the candidates demonstrated excellent team working skills and carried the stretcher from the Pike to Swillington Farm where they were met by the team response vehicles.
A ride back to the base was a pleasant surprise as most people thought that they would be walking back. Once back at base the candidates washed the vehicles and packed the kit away before a well-earned brew and more cake. A final debrief and candidates were free to go home for a much needed hot bath and a warm up.
Our thanks to everyone that applied this year and to those that came for the hill assessment. It was a tough day and the applicants were excellent, making selection very difficult.
After much deliberation, seven people were selected to start training.
Congratulations to Jess, Tommy, Matt, Greg, Tom, John and Ross.
Training Officer (Trainees)
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team
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