During last week’s monthly maintenance evening, CVSRT members were very pleased to welcome three guests along to The Rescue Post in Mytholmroyd.
The first of our visitors were Wilma Downs and Jeni Wetton representing Hebden Bridge WI, who called in to meet the team and present a cheque for an incredible £1200. CVSRT President Bob Uttley MBE was on-hand to gratefully accept the very generous donation, which will go directly towards helping upgrade the teams radio equipment.
Many thanks also to Matthew Harding from Calderfornia Clothing, pictured here with CVSRT Treasurer Matt Greaves. Matthew recently raised £450 from the sale of ‘Welcome to Calderfornia’ t-shirts, and donated all the proceeds to the team.
May we take this opportunity to thank all who supported the numerous fundraising events held by Hebden Bridge WI, and to everyone now sporting one of Matthews t-shirts.
Our sincere thanks to all for continually supporting the team.
WARNING: CUTENESS ALERT
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) are very happy to announce that a new addition will start training very shortly in the hope of eventually joining the team!!
11weeks old Springer Spaniel ‘Orion’ with his owner and handler CVSRT Gary Smith from Todmorden, have dived straight into training which is expected to take approximately 2years to achieve the standard set by the Search and Rescue Dog Association. The pup has three distinct markings on his back that look similar to the stars in the constellation of ‘Orion’s Belt’. Orion is also known as ‘The Hunter’ in Greek mythology, so it seemed an appropriate name to choose for a search dog.
Gary joined CVSRT in 2015 and has been very actively involved with the development of our current search dogs by regularly volunteering as a ‘dogsbody’ for training, and also assisting as a navigator for our search dog handlers when they are deployed on callouts. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, ‘dogsbodies’ are highly valued people in the development of a search dog. These volunteers go out on the hill in all weather conditions to hide for the dogs to find on training exercises and assessments courses. They are essential and help to hone the dogs’ senses.
Search dogs have been a part of CVSRT since 1977. Over the years there have been 15 dogs and 10 handlers assisting the team on searches. The dogs are trained to 'Air Scent' so, as a general rule, they do not track the missing person, but react to wind borne human scent. A search dog can cover large areas of ground, including difficult terrain and woodland in the search and is very sensitive to any human scent it finds. It will immediately follow a scent to its source. It will then ‘indicate’ to its handler, usually by barking, to let them know it’s made a 'find'. It is not unusual for a dog to pick up a scent from a missing person, 500metres or more away.
If you would like to follow Orion’s development and training, he has his own Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/redtagspan/
To do something amazing and volunteer as a dogsbody please email: email@example.com
To find out more about CVSRT Search Dogs please visit: http://www.cvsrt.org.uk/the-team/cvsrt-search-dogs
“The greatest danger in life is not to take the adventure.” George Leigh Mallory
Next month, two members of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are swapping the Pennines of Calderdale for the Pennine Alps and challenging themselves to climb a truly iconic mountain - The Matterhorn.
This huge and near-symmetrical pyramidal peak in the Monta Rosa area of the Pennine Alps is 4,478metres (14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe. Whilst Jacques and Rich are both competent climbers, it is still a daunting climb as they intend to make their way to the summit via the Lion Ridge (Cresta del Leone), taking two days for the climb and staying at the Carrel Hut overnight before climbing the final 650m, summiting and descending on the second day.
Jacques and Rich explained, “We will be staying in Chamonix where most of our trip will be spent acclimatising to the altitude and practising the techniques that will be required on the Matterhorn. This is because success relies on being able to move quickly and efficiently when we're on the hill - if we take too long, we'll simply run out of time. We are paying for this challenge entirely ourselves, but we are doing it for a reason and need everyone's support."
CVSRT are currently in the process of upgrading radio and communication equipment. As part of this process, we require radio repeaters, (which costs approximately £1500 each). These will be placed at fixed locations throughout the Calder Valley and around our operational area to boost our radio signal and improve communications.
Jacques and Rich have set up a fundraising page and are hoping to raise enough money to cover the cost for one of these radio repeaters (£1500).