Monday, 28 December 2020
At 14:45 on Saturday 26th December 2020 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of a female who had suffered an ankle injury whilst out walking near Shelf.
CVSRT members local to the incident were first on scene and provided initial medical care. On arrival of remaining CVSRT members in team vehicles the casualty was provided pain relief, placed in a warming and protective winter casualty bag then onto a stretcher and carried to the road-head for transfer onto the ambulance. 
#1309 Near Ox Heys, Shelf
14:45 Sat 26th Dec 2020

Duration 2 hrs 40 mins

In attendace;


MRSDE search dog Meg


Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 26 December 2020
  • Location Shelf
  • Grid Reference SE1309 2792
  • Latitude 53.747491
  • Longitude -1.8029879
  • Man Hours 103.3
  • Members In Attendance 29
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Welcome To The Team

Saturday, 19 December 2020
Hot on the heels of Spot who recently joined the team, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) have a new contender for the cutest member.
Introducing Cooper, a 4 month old Labrador cross German Wirehaired Pointer, who is our latest trainee search dog.
Congratulations to Nicola, Cooper’s handler, who was recently accepted to become a trainee dog handler by Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE).
Nicola would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported her in getting to this stage. All of the team who work and train with the dogs are excited at the prospect of another puppy to play… sorry train with.
Good luck to both Nicola and Cooper as they embark on the journey to become a qualified, operational search dog team.
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Search Support Bolton

Tuesday, 01 December 2020
At 17:40 on Friday 27th November 2020 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from Bolton MRT for search dog teams to assist in searching for a high risk missing female. Each search dog team includes the search dog, their handler and a navigator.
CVSRT provided 2 MRSDE search dog teams immediately (search dogs Wynn and Orion), with a further team on standby should they be required. 
Upon completion of the agreed search area the teams were stood down just after midnight.
Bolton MRT members resumed the search the following morning upon which the casualty was found safe.
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Monday, 26 October 2020
At 17:20 on Monday 26th October 2020 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with evacuation of a 75 year old male who had become unwell near Ponden Reservoir, Keighley. 
The team were stood down en-route to the incident as the casualty was able to make their way to the awaiting ambulance in a neighbours vehicle.
#1297 Slack House, Oldfield, Keighley

17:20 Mon 26th Oct 2020

Duration 50 mins

In attendance;


MRSDE search dog Meg


Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 26 October 2020
  • Location Oldfield, Keighley
  • Grid Reference SD 99361 37413
  • Latitude 53.832973
  • Longitude -2.0111847
  • Man Hours 20.7
  • Members In Attendance 25
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Saturday, 28 November 2020
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team have a new trainee, and perhaps the cutest one yet!
Please welcome Spot who joins his handler, Simon Adams, on the team as he begins the long journey to become an operational search dog.
Spot is a six month old Collie, joining a team full of experienced trainee and operational search dogs who will help look after him. 
The support of the team will be invaluable as all Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) dogs undergo an intense training and assessment programme for up to 3 years before they are accredited for operational work.  This training and assessment continues throughout their operational life to ensure their skills remain at the highest level. 
The dogs love the work they do and a highlight of our team training is acting as a dogs body, hiding in the hills to be found by a smiling and energetic dog.  Just watch out for those puppy teeth! 
To read more about the team and If you would like to find out more about the opportunity to support us please visit our website - https://www.cvsrt.org.uk/support-us

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Search Dogs

Saturday, 31 October 2020
During a cold and rainy weekend in February 2020, before the COVID19 restrictions were in place, a group of 3rd-year Digital Television Production students from Ravensbourne University, London joined Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) dogs, handlers and dogsbodies from Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) as they completed one of their regular training sessions at Widdop and Langfield. The result is a wonderful insight into how the dogs & handlers work whilst searching for a missing person.   
CVSRT and our MRSDE dog handlers would like to thank all the students involved who took the time to capture the search dogs in action and present the results in an engaging film.  You can see more of their work on Facebook and Instagram under the name @animalsoncall
Follow the link to watch film in full - https://youtu.be/t4DBqulSGyM
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Friday, 23 October 2020
At 15:19 on Wednesday 21st October Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of a 73 year old male who became unwell whilst out walking on Bingley Moor.
CVSRT were first on scene who provided some additional warm clothing and assessed the casualty who, following some rest, was able to be assisted off the hill on foot. 
Upon the arrival of YAS a further assessment was completed and the casualty remained able to complete the journey off the moor on foot. 
Additional CVSRT team members remained at the RV until the casualty was safely off the moor in case further assistance was required. 
#1295 High Two Stoops, Bingley
15:19 Wed 21st Oct 2020

Duration 2 hrs 1 min

In attendance;


Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) search dog Meg


Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 21 October 2020
  • Location High Two Stoops, Bingley
  • Grid Reference SE 14200 42200
  • Latitude 53.875809
  • Longitude -1.7855030
  • Man Hours 39.1
  • Members In Attendance 19
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Sunday, 18 October 2020
At 19:35 on Thursday 15th October Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) to assist with the search for a high risk missing male in Northowram.
CVSRT search teams and Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) search dogs and handlers were deployed to specific areas based on intelligence gathered by WYP officers and CVSRT search leaders. 
During the search the missing person was found, safe, by WYP and the team was stood down. 
#1292 Search At Northowram

19:35 Thu 15th Oct 202

Duration 3hrs 10 mins

In attendance;


Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) search dogs Wynn and Orion


National Police Air Service (NPAS)

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 15 October 2020
  • Location #1292 Search At Northowram
  • Grid Reference SE 11221 27108
  • Latitude 53.740236
  • Longitude -1.8313577
  • Man Hours 73.6
  • Members In Attendance 21
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Thursday, 20 August 2020
At 18:29 on Thursday 20th August 2020 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of a male who had suffered a lower leg injury near Holme Farm Lane in Bardsley.
CVSRT were stood down en-route as a local farmer assisted YAS in transferring the casualty to the ambulance.
#1282 Holme Farm Lane, Bardsey
18:29 Thu 20th Aug 2020
Duration 1 hr 1 min
In Attendance;

Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) search dog Meg


Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 20 August 2020
  • Location Holme Farm Lane, Bardsey
  • Grid Reference SE 37401 43618
  • Latitude 53.887405
  • Longitude -1.4324605
  • Man Hours 21.2
  • Members In Attendance 16
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Search dog visitors from Germany

Saturday, 01 August 2020

CVSRT is very fortunate to have 6 qualified MRSDE Search dog handlers in the team, working 4 air-scenting search dogs, and two dogs in training (…possibly a third aspirant pup, but that’s another story, Sssh!!)

To maintain the search skills of the dogs, the handlers train with them twice weekly, searching for dogsbodies (volunteers hiding from the dogs), as well as regular training with the full team. Life in lockdown and adhering to social distancing guidelines obviously has its challenges when it comes to training, however search dog training is naturally a socially distanced activity with dogsbodies generally hiding 500mtres apart in remote locations, like moorland or rocky outcrops.

CVSRT always welcomes the opportunity (when appropriate), to work with other emergency services, neighbouring rescue teams and fellow rescue personnel visiting our operational area. Recently the team welcomed Stephan Rosenburg and Silvia Crowley, two search dog handlers from Rettungshundestaffel Fuerstenfeldbruck based near Munich. They were with their search dogs, Isa (Isa les Gardiens de l’ Esprit Hardi), a Beauceron and Arabella (Shamrock Shepherds’ Arabella), a White Swiss Shepherd.

During their visit, the couple attended a socially distanced, full team search training exercise at Norland Moor, which focussed on a 3k rapid path search for items left by an ‘exercise’ high risk missing person. The visitors also attended the twice weekly dog training at two locations around the region. This was a great opportunity to exercise the dogs, share knowledge and practise techniques, and enjoy the stunning views around the Calder Valley.

To find out more about our visitors please visit: facebook.com/bundesverband.rettungshunde or facebook.com/BRH.Rettungshundestaffel.Fuerstenfeldbruck/ or www.bundesverband-rettungshunde.de/en/

To find out more about MRSDE and to support the search dogs visit: mountainrescuesearchdogsengland.org.uk/fundraising/

To volunteer as a CVSRT dogsbody or training casualty, please email: enquiries@cvsrt.org.uk

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