On Tuesday evening, CVSRT had a visit from Chris Kilburn from Whoosh Mountain Biking based in Hebden Bridge, who contacted us saying he’d like call in to our base in Mytholmroyd with a donation for the team.
As a mountain bike guide and instructor, Chris explained that he had recently organised a Mountain Bike Skills Course, and all the riders decided the course fee would be donated to charity and CVSRT was their chosen recipient.
Chris said, “We all love riding our biking on the trails around the area, and some the routes can be quite technical. At Whoosh, I share my passion for biking and provide riders the skills to stay safe whilst out and about. We hope we never need rescuing by CVSRT, but it’s reassuring to know that they are there if the worse happened.”
CVSRT Treasurer Richard Graves gratefully accepted the £60 donation, which will go directly towards keeping the team operational.
One of the biggest expenditures for the team is maintaining our fleet of four vehicles so they are ready to deploy at a moments notice.
Calder Mobile 1 & 4 are stationed in the centre of the Calder Valley at our main base in Mytholmroyd. Calder Mobile 3 is based at Copley in the Lower Valley and Calder Mobile 2 is based at Todmorden in the Upper Valley. These strategic locations enables us to provide a rapid emergency response anywhere within our operational area.
All our vehicles have an active service life span of about 15 years (where possible). This obviously depends on funding and donations. Currently Mobile 4 is our oldest vehicle and due to be replaced in 2017.
Whilst the team is able to maintain and care for the vehicles on a daily basis, the vehicles still required regular service, repairs and MOTs.
CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to thank Moderna MOT for providing free MOT’s for all our vehicles. Thanks also to Murts Motor Centre who always provides the team favourable price on parts and quick turn around on services, and last but not least MUD UK for regularly supporting the team over the years with various parts and products for the 4x4s.
Read more about our vehicles here: CVSRT Fleet
Those of you who follow the incidents we are called to are well aware of the essential service the Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides for the Yorkshire community, and in most cases they are the casualty’s only hope of reaching hospital quickly to receive the urgent medical assistance they require.
This week, several CVSRT members gave up their spare time to assist Ascent Productions with filming several scenes for the new series of Helicopter ER, which follows the work of our friends at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
So far this year, CVSRT has attended 62 incidents, of which a quarter required air evacuation by Yorkshire Air Ambulance. If you multiply those statistics by the number of Mountain Rescue teams around Yorkshire, it is easy to see what an amazing life-saving service they provide.
The new series of Helicopter ER started on Monday 26th September at 10pm and can be seen on Really TV Channel.
CVSRT are sharing this video with the kind permission of Ascent Productions.
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On Wednesday 5th October, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team members welcomed a local family to The Rescue Post, who had been in touch wishing to make a donation of £465. This generous amount was part of a £930.00 collection raised at the funeral of Michael Boyle of Elland, who sadly died on 8th September 2016, aged 73. £465 was also kindly donated to the RNLI by the family.
Whilst at our base, the whole family enjoyed a light-hearted evening learning more about what we do and the essential voluntary service the team provides within the community, supporting the other emergency services.
Michael’s family said, “Over the years, he had enjoyed walking the Pennine Way and most of the footpaths and bridleways in and around Calderdale. Fortunately Michael never required the assistance of the rescue services but always recognised their invaluable work. He would have been happy knowing the donations made at his funeral were going to such worthy causes.”
“For most of his adult life, Michael gave blood regularly and on his death became an organ donor, which potentially saved the lives of 4 people. Knowing this and also donating the funeral collection to CVSRT and RNLI has brought great comfort to the family. We feel it’s important to support the members of our community who volunteer and put their own lives on the line to rescue others. Finally we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who attended Michael’s funeral and kindly added to the donations”.
CVSRT would like to thank Michael’s family for their kind donation and for supporting the team. All donations go directly towards keeping the team operational and helping us save lives.
*** UPDATE: CVSRT Members win Bronze Medal (3rd place) in the International Category. Well done guys. ***
The spirit of adventure is strong with four CVSRT members, who flew out yesterday to northeastern Italy to join fellow Mountain Rescue volunteers from Europe and around the world. The purpose of their trip (which was funded entirely by the team members themselves), is to compete in the 6th Mountain Rescue Dolomites Rescue Race (Pieve Di Cadore, Belluno Italy), which is held this weekend (Sept 30th - 2nd October).
Team members Al Day, Alistair Morris, Paul Taylor and probie member Dan Kelly, accepted the challenge and have headed to the mountains to represent Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team in this grueling event.
The Dolomites Rescue Race is the only event dedicated to members of the International Mountain Rescue community and includes technical and endurance tests. It was conceived primarily to create an annual occasion to meet en masse with the rescue teams of all the regions of the Mountain Rescue Service. The ultimate aim was to have an opportunity to get together outside the usual pressure-cooker environment of a Mountain Rescue operation.
In summary, the competitors start at Praciadelan (Calalzo di Cadore) at 1040m above sea level (asl), rises to 2080m where the race begins with a 200 meter fixed ropes running up to the highest point of the course at 2130m asl. Having caught their breath after the arduous climb, the competitors begin the long descent to the picturesque Rifugio (Hut) Antelao (1796m) and then to pass Antracisa (1693m) which takes the teams towards the last climb of the race and the rugged peak of Monte Tranego (1849m asl).
The descent involves abseiling down to the gravel road that leads to Pieve di Cadore (923m), where competitors will have to assemble the stretcher and configure the team in “emergency standard” to take it to the finish line and the cheering spectators in the main square of the town - Piazza Tiziano at 848m where beer, rest and the afterglow awaits them. The total elevation of the race is 1250m, while the descent is a negative 1440m.
The entire Dolomites Rescue Race stretches along the slopes of the King of the Dolomites: Mount Antelao. The extraordinary scenic beauty of the Marmarole and the jagged grandeur of the Spalti di Toro elevate this fascinating race to an unforgettable experience.
But why you may ask?
CVSRT Alistair Morris said, “It’s perfect opportunity to raise awareness for those affected by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake on 24th August 2016, that struck the Amatrice area of Italy, (100km north east of Rome) killing 297 people and leaving hundreds injured as homes and buildings collapsed. Whilst we were unable to send any team members or search dogs at the time to assist with the aftermath of the earthquake, we can highlight the incredible efforts of the search and rescue teams and volunteers involved with the disaster.”
Watch the Dolomites Rescue Race promo video: https://youtu.be/YW8C73lcKtg
For more information about the Italian Earthquake: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37181933
To support the emergency activities of the Italian Red Cross, click here: http://www.cri.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/EN/IDPagina/31392?uniq=91ac78e39476573604eeb62cd2d39405