On Sunday (21st May), CVSRT provided safety cover for the annual Calderdale Way Relay, which is organised by Halifax Harriers AC and is generally attended by over 1000 club runners from across the country.
At 09:15, team members were called to assist a runner who had fallen and sustained a dislocated shoulder. (See Incident 1014). The runner received pain relief whilst his injury was dealt with. Whilst dealing with this first incident, team members were made aware of a second incident where a runner had fallen against a barbed wire fence sustaining minor wounds to a hand.
Later in the day, CVSRT received a request from race organisers to assist a runner who had sustained an ankle injury near Wainstalls Checkpoint. Six team members attended the checkpoint to provide assistance, pain relief and transport to A&E. (See Incident 1015). Whilst dealing with this casualty, another runner arrived at the checkpoint requiring medical assistance for minor cuts. Wounds were cleaned and dressed.
Despite a few incidents, the whole event passed by relatively quietly. As usual CVSRT entered a team of runners as well and whilst we may not be the fastest runners in the event, we certainly gave some a run for their money!
Thank you to the organisers, marshalls, all the competitors and spectators who lined the route.
Wishing the injured runners a speedy recovery.
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are the latest group in the District to benefit from money returned under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
The district’s Partnership Funding Team bought 10 specialist harnesses using money seized from criminals. The harnesses were presented to the Equipment Officer Richard Smith and Deputy Team Leader Jonathan Cole from CVRST at Halifax Police Station.
Superintendent Vince Firth said; “We are delighted to be able to support Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team through money that has been taken from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This money is going directly back to support the wider community and the fantastic work the CVSRT do each and every day.”
“We regularly work closely with the team, their support is invaluable to us, particularly when searching for missing or potentially vulnerable people. The volunteers at CVSRT do a fantastic job in supporting the communities of Calderdale each and every day and helping to keep people safe.”
CVSRT Equipment Officer Richard Smith said; “Harnesses are an essential piece of personal safety equipment and integral to our rope systems. They provide protection to team members during rope rescues on steep ground and crags. As with all of our safety equipment, it must be replaced regularly which can be costly, so this generous donation is gratefully received and means our team members can continue to operate safely. CVSRT is a registered charity providing essential support to the statutory emergency services and is funded entirely through donations such as this."