Dog Call to Buxton Area

Monday, 10 August 2020
At 09:00 on Friday 7th August 2020 CVSRT received a request from Buxton Mountain Rescue Team to provide an additional search dog team during the second day of a search in their area. 
Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) search dog Meg, handler Pete and navigator Laura travelled to the area to complete a search of a pre-determined area.  The missing person was located by a one of the search parties, safe and well, and the search was concluded. 
#Dog Call to Buxton Area
09:00 Fri 7th Aug 2020
Duration 7hrs 30mins
In attendance;
MRSDE search dog Meg
Derbyshire Constabulary
Buxton Mountain Rescue 
Derby Mountain Rescue Team

Additional Info

  • Date Friday, 07 August 2020
  • Location Buxton
  • Grid Reference SK 05755 73151
  • Latitude 53.255336
  • Longitude -1.9151992
  • Man Hours 15
  • Members In Attendance 2
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Monday, 03 August 2020
At 05:37 on Monday 3rd 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 injured his ankle in High Moor Woods.
After using Search and Rescue phone find technology, What 3 Words and speaking to the casualty his exact location could not be identified.  Search teams were quickly deployed in the area and the casualty was located by Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) search dog Meg and her handler Pete Farnell.
Following a quick medical assessment of the casualty they were able to be escorted from the woodland under their own steam.
#1274 Rombald's Moor - Silsden
05:37 Mon 3rd Aug 2020
Duration 4 hrs 16 mins
In attendance;
MRSDE search dogs Meg and Wyn

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 03 August 2020
  • Location Rombald's Moor - Silsden
  • Grid Reference SD 08625 45563
  • Latitude 53.898153
  • Longitude -3.3920776
  • Man Hours 48.4
  • Members In Attendance 11
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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: or or

To find out more about MRSDE and to support the search dogs visit:

To volunteer as a CVSRT dogsbody or training casualty, please email:

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Friday, 29 May 2020


At 12:16 on Thursday 28th May Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of an injured female who had fallen and suffered a hip injury.

YAS were first on scene and provided initial medical assistance. Upon arrival of CVSRT the casualty was packaged, placed onto a wheeled stretcher and carried approximately 1 mile to the awaiting ambulance.


#1246 Eccup Reservoir, Leeds

12:16 Thu 28th May 2020

Duration 4 hrs 14 mins

In attendance:


Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) search dog Meg


Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 28 May 2020
  • Location Eccup Reservoir, Leeds
  • Grid Reference SE 28966 41510
  • Latitude 53.868993
  • Longitude -1.5609759
  • Man Hours 79
  • Members In Attendance 20
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Wednesday, 27 May 2020


At 14:58 on Monday 25th May Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) were requested to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) with the evacuation of a female who had suffered a seizure.

Throughout, CVSRT followed all recommended Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) COVID-19 protocols including appropriate decontamination of all equipment used on the callout.

#1244 Near Ogden Water
14:58 Mon 25th May 2020
Duration 3 hrs 2 mins
In attendance:
MRSDE search dog Meg

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 25 May 2020
  • Location Near Ogden Water
  • Grid Reference SE 05448 31689
  • Latitude 53.781498
  • Longitude -1.9188094
  • Man Hours 62.6
  • Members In Attendance 22
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Monday, 25 May 2020

At 11:20 on Monday 25th May Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) were requested to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) with the evacuation of a female who had suffered an ankle injury.
Throughout, CVSRT followed all recommended Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) COVID-19 protocols including appropriate decontamination of all equipment used on the callout.

#1243 Blantyres Rock, Bingley
11:20 Mon 25th May 2020
Duration 3 hrs 33 minutes
In attendance:
Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) search dog Meg

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 25 May 2020
  • Location Blantyres Rock, Bingley
  • Grid Reference SE 08631 39051
  • Latitude 53.847625
  • Longitude -1.8702940
  • Man Hours 66.6
  • Members In Attendance 17
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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

From the 23rd May, less than a weeks time, 2 of Calder Valley Search And Rescue Team’s (CVSRT) active supporters will be joining other Mountain Rescue volunteers to run a MR’athon, covering 26 miles in a week whilst adhering to all current government guidelines.

With several of our planned fundraising events cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is fantastic to see volunteers from around the country stepping up to the challenge to help raise much needed funds that help to keep search and rescue teams operational.

Thank you to everyone who is taking part, with an extra special thanks to Tracy Cokill and Janet Whittaker. Good luck!

Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England's message:

A tenacious team in trainers are running, walking, cycling or crawling to complete a 'from the front door' (within relevant government exercise guidelines) a 26 mile MR'athon in support of Mountain Rescue!

Last year more than 2000 people in need were helped by Mountain Rescue volunteers and in 2020 MR continues to show selfless commitment to helping others, assisting walkers and climbers, providing crucial support during flood crises, searching for vulnerable people missing from home and supporting the police and ambulance service. Volunteers do all this while having regular jobs and family lives to juggle! During lockdown teams have been supporting their local communities and many team members are key workers currently working incredibly hard on the front line.

Whilst our activities in the outdoors are temporarily limited the Mountain Rescue teams are still working hard to remain operational to save lives. The teams rely on donations and many avenues of fundraising has completely dried up as charity boxes sit empty in pubs, shops and cafes that are closed.

An enthusiastic bunch of volunteer Mountain Rescue Search Dog handlers, Trainee Search Dog handlers, 'Dogsbodies' and supporters have teamed up to run an MR'athon in support of MR Teams across England & Wales. Over 40 runner and non-runner folk alike are dusting off their trainers and adjusting their buffs to clock up the K's from their own front doors over one week from 23rd May 2020. You can follow the efforts of your local team members and everyone online at MRSDE FB page. I'm sure some of the Search Dogs will be getting in on the action too - in fact if you threw their favourite toy for 26 miles there's no way you'd stop them!

We all thank you very, very much if you can help with a donation at this time. We have often been reminded that when this difficult time passes 'the mountains will still be there' and so, with everyone's support, will be our phenomenal volunteer Mountain Rescue Teams saving lives.

To show your support to everyone taking part please visit -

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Saturday, 24 August 2019

At 05:45 on Saturday Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a request to assist West Yorkshire Police search for a 65yo man who has gone missing from his home in a rural area of Todmorden.

22 CVSRT members and three Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England Search Dogs, Jack, Meg and Wynn searched woodland near Shore Green.

In Attendance: 22 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police
Duration: 6hrs 23mins

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 24 August 2019
  • Location Shore Green, Todmorden
  • Grid Reference SD 91427 26583
  • Latitude 53.735563
  • Longitude -2.1314442
  • Man Hours 140.4
  • Members In Attendance 22
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Finn did well

Friday, 08 March 2019

Yesterday saw the start of Cruft’s and a time of year when dogs of all shapes, sizes and uses hit our screens. For CVSRT, and many other Lowland Rescue and Mountain Rescue England and Wales teams, dogs trained as Search Dogs provide invaluable additional support year round.

Since the late 1980’s, CVSRT has been fortunate to benefit from a total of 16 dogs belonging to team members, and our four-legged friends have assisted with many missing person searches. One of those 16 dogs is Finn, a handsome Smooth Collie dog, who sadly passed away after a short illness in February.

After some time to grieve the sad loss of his special mate, handler Stephen Garofalo has written some words in tribute to Finn and the journey they shared. RIP Search Dog Finn.

“It all started in October 2007. Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, of which I was a member, staged an exercise on television to try and attract new members. A couple of days later I received a phone call from Team Leader Andy Simpson saying he’d received a letter from Colne dog breeder, Pat Howarth, offering a Smooth Collie pup for training as a Search Dog. I accepted the offer.

The litter arrived on the 29th of December and on the 14th of February I picked my dog, Finn. He was a tri-coloured pup and I liked the fact that he was of a good size and affectionate. The time came where we took him home. He instantly took over the cat bed and during day light hours was very happy with his new surroundings. At night he missed his mother. Anyone who knew Finn will tell you that he was very vocal and he spent the small hours sharing his grief with the entire street! The solution was to spend that first week sleeping on my back with my right arm outstretched to the pup and woe betide me if I changed position!

I had a few problems in 2008. My wife left me, my old search dog Roy died, and I lost my job. I suppose things might have been worse, but Finns training suffered because I didn’t give him the time and attention a young dog requires. But, as with all things, I was able to recover and by January 2011 I arrived at a Search and Rescue Search Dogs Association (now Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England) assessment with a good strong dog. Finn was fast and rangy with a strong bark indication. He liked people and he definitely liked to bark - not a bad combination in a Search Dog. Consequently we had an easy assessment and got onto the call-out list with a strong pass.

We then completed two operational searches, but on the second search he managed to cut his right hind leg. The first thing I noticed was a pool of blood on a stile platform he had just jumped over. A close inspection of the injury revealed cut tendons, fortunately the ones that gave his foot shape and not the ones that propelled him. Luckily he only needed stitches and not a cast. However, I then had three months with a bored idle dog, but he did make a full recovery.

We attended seventy four searches over the years. Some were very high profile and some were in beautiful surroundings. It saddens me that he never had a find but at least he never missed anyone which is more important.

I noticed over this winter that he had slowed down and on the Sunday before Christmas he had a fit. He then had another on the 16th of January. Blood and urine test at the vets revealed nothing that could cause a fit, but on the 28th of January he had a fit in the evening and then another in the small hours of the morning. On Tuesday morning we took him to the vets, where he had another fit and the vet noticed that some of his liver enzymes were high and wanted to scan his liver before making a decision on how to treat the fits. He later phoned me to say they had found a tumour on his liver and that they were struggling to control his fits. Even if they could control his fits, between the drugs which would be needed to treat them and the weakened condition of his liver, he would only have a few months to live. I instructed the vet to put him down and that was it.

Everyone one thinks their dog is very special and I am no exception. Finn was my mate, a constant companion who came everywhere with me. I have many memories of days on the hill with him - we travelled the length and breadth of the country together. He's been everywhere from Land’s End to the North coast of Scotland. He had a very expressive face, could bark with his mouth full and in his youth he was fast enough to catch grey squirrels. He was well socialised and was good with other dogs, children and cats. He has sired two litters of puppies and has grandchildren.

On the down side he soon worked out that jabbing people in the crutch with his nose was a sure way of getting attention and his bottom served as a spring which bubbled forth almost continual dog wind.

We're going to miss him, but on the bright side I am in the process of acquiring one of his great grandsons and hope to train him as a Search Dog. Assuming the mother is pregnant the pups will arrive in April and I will have a new dog in July. Finn did well.”

Finn and handler Stephen on their successful assessment in 2011

Finn with CVSRT Search Dogs Jack and Pepper

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Our Four-Legged Resources

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Since the late 1980’s, CVSRT has been fortunate to benefit from the additional support of our four-legged friend – the Search Dog. So far, 16 dogs belonging to Team Members have assisted the team with missing person searches. Search dogs are not restricted to their teams local area and can be called upon to assist with searches anywhere in the country - most notably our dogs have assisted with major incidents in Ireland, Scotland, The Lockerbie air disaster and in Machynlleth, Wales for the April Jones search.

Until recently, CVSRT had five operational search dogs and three trainee dogs, however two of our longest serving dogs, ‘Nell’ and ‘Pepper’ (both border collies) have started a well-earned retirement following more than 10years service dedicated to the team.

'Pepper' (handled by Ellie), spent three years learning her trade, which culminated in her successfully passing a three-day assessment and joined CVSRT as a fully graded search dog in January 2007. She loves people, so finding them is a great game. Combine this with her favourite squeaky toy as a reward and she is more than happy. Her intensive training focused on basic obedience to finding people (bodies) hiding on a hillside and letting Ellie know by barking and leading her back to the person.
'Pepper' and Ellie practiced and trained virtually every day for three years and the results were incredible.

During her working life 'Pepper' has provided a keen nose to many searches, both in the Calder Valley and further afield. As well as assisting in Wales, she has had many outings to the Lake District, Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. In 2015, a major search was mounted in atrocious weather conditions by multiple rescue teams to locate a missing walker in the Lake District. It transpired that he had fallen from the summit of Helvellyn and unfortunately did not survive the fall. 'Pepper' and Ellie were deployed to assist fellow search teams and successfully located the man who had been missing for several days. Thankfully not everyone 'Pepper' has found were so unfortunate: over her working life she’s had five finds, two of which were on consecutive searches. 'Pepper' is looking forward to a long and happy retirement.

'Nell' (handled by David) passed her assessment in Snowdonia and joined CVSRT in March 2006, a few months before her second birthday. She was a quick learner and took to search work very enthusiastically. Her first assignment was to the Lake District a couple of weeks after passing her assessment and a few months later located a flood victim in the River Swale in North Yorkshire. She was instrumental in locating a despondent adult on Ilkley Moor, with David providing emergency care to the casualty. 'Nell' has always been a confident dog, happy to work at great distances from her handler and thereby searching and clearing large swathes of moorland or mountainside very efficiently. She retired recently on her 13th birthday, having given over 11 years of service to CVSRT.

Following 'Nell' and 'Peppers' retirement, CVSRT still has excellent support from two border collies, ‘Meg’ and ‘Jack’ who are both 8 years and still in their prime, also from ‘Finn’ - a smooth coated collie (handled by Stephen), who recently joined CVSRT.

There are also three new trainee search dogs within the team. ‘Wynn’ - a lively collie, who lives with David and 'Nell'; ‘Tinker’ - a boisterous Labradoodle (handled by Simon); and most recently ‘Orion’ - a bouncy springer spaniel (handled by Gary). All unaware that the great game that they are learning to play could in the future provide a lifesaving service.

CVSRT would like to thank 'Nell' and 'Pepper' for their many years of dedication and commitment to the team and the community.

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