A dramatic photograph from the teams archive showing CVSRT member Clive Green demonstrating the NOSSAC stretcher and a Whillans harness at Heptonstall Quarry in 1974.
The NOSSAC was named after Don Casson (deceased) who was a team leader in the early days. Don set up a training exercise at Blackstone Edge where he placed himself in one of the narrow "crevasse" holes at the top of the crag. He was a big bloke and the team couldn't get him out!
The NOSSAC stretcher was developed to extract casualties from inaccessible places that couldn't be reached with a conventional stretcher.
Sadly this piece of equipment history has been lost in time, however you can learn more about the teams history here:
Huge thank you to all the ladies at Mytholmroyd Marmaladies, Ladies Circle (Halifax) and Hebden Bridge Women’s Institute, who have chosen Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team as their Charity of the Year.
We are extremely honoured to receive this support and look forward to fundraising together throughout the team's Golden Jubilee year.
All donations are gratefully received and go directly towards our running costs and purchasing essential life-saving equipment and maintaining our vehicles, base and training team members new skills.
CVSRT is entirely voluntary and it costs approximately £35,000 a year just to keep the team operational. We receive NO direct government funding. All money raised is entirely through donations from the community and local business.
On Wednesday 18th May, CVSRT members were kindly invited to Hebden Bridge Town Hall to attend the Mayor Making ceremony, where the new Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Tony Hodgins was voted in, along with the incoming Mayoress, Hazel Scriven, Deputy Mayor Pat Fraser and her consort Cllr John Dunford.
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were also named as the new Mayor’s Charity of the Year 2016/17. Team Chairman, Pete Farnell was on hand to gratefully accept and say a few words about the voluntary service the team provides to the local community.
After the formalities, the evening concluded with an opportunity for guests to learn more about the team and a chance to purchase some of our 50th Anniversary goodies.
Everyone enjoyed a charming evening with musical entertainment from The Three Bridges.
On Saturday 30th April 2016, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team members, ex team members, supporters, families and friends gathered for a commemorative walk as part of the 50th Anniversary year.
The walk was particularly significant because it reflected part of the ill-fated route taken on the 29th November 1965 by Robert Akrigg, the reservoir keeper who set out in blizzard conditions with his son Donald, to check rain gauges in the catchment area. Parting company at the junction between Reaps Water and Dicken Dyke, Robert set off towards Raistrick Greave. Donald returned to the rendezvous having completing his tasks, but Robert never arrived.
It is known that Robert checked the gauges near Raistrick Greave, but from there on, his route is not confirmed. From here, the commemorative walk followed footpaths to the point where Robert’s body was eventually discovered on February 6th, 1966 when the heavy snow drifts thawed and severe weather abated.
Donald Akrigg and his wife were able to join the walkers for the whole route, along with Chris Ambler, who worked for the water board at the time. Chris, along with Team President Bob Uttley and Peter Legg (one of the local landowners) all provided some additional information surrounding the area and initial search.
Also in attendance were eight Team Leaders (past and present), photographed for posterity and chronologically from the right: Malcolm Proctor, Pete Smith, Pete Farnell, Dave Kingham, Graham Astley, Mick Smith, Al Day and current team leader Ben Carter. There are some gaps due to previous team leaders being absent or sadly deceased.
On reflection, even following official footpaths on Saturday in spring weather (albeit changeable with bright sunshine to hail), the conditions underfoot were difficult to negotiate, but helped all the walkers gain a better understanding of the difficulties Robert would have had finding his way in the blizzard conditions.
Eventually all participants made it back to the starting point for some welcome refreshment at the Pack Horse Inn (The Ridge) at Widdop. The perfect opportunity to recount stories from the past and remember the teams origins.