Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team would like to remind our local community to please adhere to the Government lockdown restrictions and only exercise locally to your home. Now is not the time to be venturing into the more remote parts of our countryside and potentially putting yourself in harm’s way.

Granted, accidents can happen to anyone, at any time, in any location (even close to home). By definition, an accident is an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.

If an accident happened to you in a remote, inaccessible location, would you know what to do? Before you set out on your next daily exercise, (or adventure when the time is right), please ask yourself:

  1. Do I have the knowledge and skills to accomplish the day?
  2. Do I have the right gear and spare kit if the weather changes or night falls?
  3. Do I know what the weather will be like?
  4. Does anyone know your plans for the day?

By planning ahead, preparing well and being aware of your environment, you could prevent an accident or should the worst happen, save your life.

In the event of an emergency and you require the assistance of a Mountain Rescue Team, please do not hesitate in making that call. We would rather initiate an emergency response and be stood down en-route, rather than not being called at all or alerted too late.

Dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Police, then Mountain Rescue.

PLEASE NOTE: Register your phone with www.emergencysms.net – this will enable you to contact the emergency services by SMS if required.

To help your rescuers pinpoint your location, you will need to provide a grid reference by using a map or via *OS Locate App or *What3Words App (*Note: Apps need installing on your smartphone prior to setting out). Once you have requested Mountain Rescue assistance, it is very important to stay where you are until the Mountain Rescue team have made contact.

Above all, please stay safe, exercise sensibly and #adventuresmart

 

A Few Facts About CVSRT

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) is a charity run by unpaid volunteers providing search and rescue support to the statutory emergency services in the northern half of West Yorkshire, including Calderdale, Airedale and part of Wharfedale. CVSRT operates within Mountain Rescue (England & Wales) guidelines, working on behalf of West Yorkshire Police.

During 2020, the team attended 96 callouts providing essential life-saving care to the community. We have four emergency response vehicles, strategically located in Halifax, Copley, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Our team members come from all walks of life and live within the local community. Where appropriate and necessary, local team members will respond directly to an incident. This allows us to have boots on the ground and on-scene within 10-15 minutes providing initial medical assistance, with the full team response in attendance within 28mins of callout (on average in 2020).

Our Resources Include:

  • 50+ Operational Full Team Members (including Doctors & Paramedics)
  • 9 Flood Rescue Specialists
  • 7 MRSDE Search Dog Handlers
  • 4 MRSDE Search Dogs
  • 4 Trainee Search Dogs
  • 4 Specialist Vehicles
  • 1 Operational Support Team Member
  • 7 Support Team Members
  • Many Friends of CVSRT

CVSRT have been saving lives in wild and remote places since 1966.

 

Our Operational Area

CVSRT Operational Area    

 

Here’s a few extra tips to help you remain safe whilst out and about:

  • Charge your phone before you set off (and think about carrying a portable battery charger).
  • Carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Don’t rely on your smartphone apps for navigation! Using GPS and Navigation Apps will drain your phone batteries quickly leaving you without a phone when you really need it most.
  • Before leaving home, consider downloading the OS Locate App or the What3Words App to help you pinpoint your location in an emergency – remembering to cross check this location on your paper map before passing to the emergency services.
  • Carrying a headtorch, handheld torch and spare batteries are essential, or take a second torch so you don’t have to change batteries in the dark.
  • Have a good meal before you start and take plenty of food and water to refuel and keep hydrated during the day.
  • Remember if you stop for any reason, you will get cold very quickly. Make sure you have warm, windproof and waterproof clothing (and spares) – hat and gloves are essential. Wear several thin layers rather than one thick layer so you can add or remove them to maintain a comfortable temperature.
  • Carry a foil blanket or bivvy bag for emergencies.
Published in News

1311

Wednesday, 30 December 2020
#CALLOUT
 
At 00:25 on Wednesday 30th December 2020 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) assist in a search for a high risk missing male on the moor above Hebden Bridge.
 
The casualty was located by WYP who, following CVSRT medical advice, provided initial medical care.  Upon arrival of CVSRT further medical care was provided and the casualty was placed into a warming and protective winter casualty bag and vacuum mattress.  The casualty was then transferred onto a stretcher and onto Her Majesty's Coastguard (HMCG) helicopter for onward travel to the hospital.
 
#1311 Weavers Gate, Old Town, Hebden Bridge
00:25 Wed 30th Dec 2020

Duration 4 hrs 5mins

In attendance:

17 CVSRT

MRSDE search dog Jack

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)

WYP

Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)

HMCG

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 29 December 2020
  • Location Weavers Gate, Old Town, Hebden Bridge
  • Grid Reference SD 99796 28632
  • Latitude 53.754052
  • Longitude -2.0045757
  • Man Hours 69.8
  • Members In Attendance 17
Published in Incidents

1310

Tuesday, 29 December 2020
#CALLOUT
 
At 22:07 on Tuesday 29th December 2020 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) to assist in locating and evacuating a stranded motorist stuck in snow.
 
CVSRT were stood down en-route as the motorist had been able to recover himself and make his way safely home.
 
#1310 Widdop

22:07 Tue 29th Dec 2020

Duration 1 hr 40 mins

In attendance:

12 CVSRT

WYP

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 29 December 2020
  • Location Widdop
  • Grid Reference SD 93091 33309
  • Latitude 53.796038
  • Longitude -2.1063709
  • Man Hours 20
  • Members In Attendance 12
Published in Incidents

1307

Tuesday, 22 December 2020
#CALLOUT
 
At 01:49 on Tuesday 22nd December 2020 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) to assist with the recovery of a body located Near East Lee Lane, Todmorden.
 
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the deceased. 
 
#1307 Recovery Near E Lee Lane, Todmorden
01:49 Tue 22nd Dec 2020

Duration 2 hrs 44 mins

In attendance:

11 CVSRT

MRSDE search dog Jack

WYP

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 22 December 2020
  • Location E Lee Lane, Todmorden
  • Grid Reference SD 96079 24963
  • Latitude 53.721057
  • Longitude -2.0609035
  • Man Hours 30
  • Members In Attendance 11
Published in Incidents

1306

Monday, 14 December 2020
#CALLOUT
 
At 15:20 on Monday 14th December 2020 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 person in the Wetherby area.
 

Due to the area of the search a joint, co-ordinated response was initiated with our neighbouring team Upper Warfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA).

 
As teams were preparing to deploy we were stood down as the casualty was found safe and well.  
 
#1306 Search In Wetherby

15:20 Mon 14th Dec 2020

Duration 2 hrs 10 mins

In attendance:

33 CVSRT

10 UWFRA

2 Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) - North East

4 MRSDE search dogs Jack, Wynn, Orion & Meg

WYP

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 14 December 2020
  • Location Wetherby
  • Grid Reference SE 40357 48226
  • Latitude 53.928596
  • Longitude -1.3868791
  • Man Hours 45.4
  • Members In Attendance 21
Published in Incidents

1304

Tuesday, 01 December 2020
At 16:40 on Saturday 28th November 2020 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the locating and evacuating of 2 walkers who had become lost in dense fog whilst out walking near Rishworth.
 
The CVSRT incident leader made contact with the walkers and successfully identified their location to be the trig point at Dog Hill. This location was verified using phone find technology which triangulates a persons location using their smart phone.
 
The CVSRT incident leader requested that the walkers remain at this location and a selected call out was raised with team members tasked to approach the location from either side of the hill.
 
The walkers were sucessfully located at the trig point, provided additional protection from the weather and escorted back to their vehicles. 
 
#1304 Dog Hill, Green Withens

16:40 Sat 28th Nov 2020

Duration 2 hrs 46 mins

In attendance;

11 CVSRT

WYP

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 28 November 2020
  • Location Dog Hill, Green Withens
  • Grid Reference SE 00298 17077
  • Latitude 53.650195
  • Longitude -1.9969668
  • Man Hours 30.3
  • Members In Attendance 11
Published in Incidents

1292

Sunday, 18 October 2020
#CALLOUT
 
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;

21 CVSRT

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

WYP

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
Published in Incidents

1291

Friday, 09 October 2020
#CALLOUT
 
At 22:27 on Thursday 8th 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 near Hainsworth Woods, Keighley.
 
Working with officers from WYP along with support from our neighbouring teams, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT) and Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA), CVSRT search teams and Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) search dogs and handlers were deployed to specific areas around the last reported sighting.  
 
Following a thorough search of the agreed areas, with no person found, the teams were stood down, returning to base at 04:10. 
 
Thank you to HVMRT and UWFRA for their assistance.
 
For more information and details of the police appeal visit https://www.facebook.com/westyorkshirepolice/posts/10158600707564920
 
#1291 Search At Hainsworth Lane, Keighley
22:57 Thu 8th Oct 2020
Duration 5 hrs 13 mins
In Attendance;
17 CVSRT
Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) search dogs Wynn, Jack and Orion
4 UWFRA
8 HVMRT
WYP
WYP Search Dog Unit
National Police Air Service (NPAS)
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS)

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 08 October 2020
  • Location Hainworth Road, Keighley,
  • Grid Reference SE 05904 39290
  • Latitude 53.849815
  • Longitude -1.9117337
  • Man Hours 110.9
  • Members In Attendance 17
Published in Incidents

1287

Thursday, 24 September 2020
#CALLOUT 
 
At 10:45 on Sunday 20th September Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the search for a pilot of a paraglider reported to have come to land in the woods near Heptonstall.  The informant described seeing the main body of a type of paraglider fall into the woods without a pilot.
 
CVSRT search teams and Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) search dogs and handlers were deployed to specific areas around the location of the sighting.  Following a thorough search of the agreed areas, with no person found, the team were stood down.
 
This was a genuine call by concerned members of public and fortunately no one was injured.
 
Link to the police appeal for any further information - https://www.facebook.com/WYPHalifax/posts/3622738694416574
 
#1287 Heptonstall Rd, Hebden Bridge
10:45 Sun 20th Sep 2020

Duration 3 hrs 25 mins

In attendance;

22 CVSRT

MRSDE search dogs Jack & Orion

YAS

West Yorkshire Police (WYP)

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA)

National Police Air Service (NPAS)

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 20 September 2020
  • Location Heptonstall Rd, Hebden Bridge
  • Grid Reference SD 99015 27550
  • Latitude -2.0164150
  • Longitude 53.744324
  • Man Hours 66.6
  • Members In Attendance 22
Published in Incidents

1286

Tuesday, 15 September 2020
#CALLOUT
 
At 23:51 on Sunday 13th September CVSRT received a request from YAS to assist with the locating and evacuation of a female biker who was experiencing breathing difficulties on the moors near Blackstone Edge.
 
Following a brief search West Yorkshire Police (WYP) made initial contact with the casualty, shortly followed by CVSRT members.  Upon arrival of CVSRT the casualty was placed in a storm shelter, assessed and once warmed up was able to be walked off the moor to the awaiting ambulance. 
 
#1286 Cloven Stone, Cragg Vale

23:51 Sun 13th Sep 2020

Duration 3 hrs 39 mins

In Attendance

18 CVSRT

YAS

WYP

National Police Air Service (NPAS)

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 13 September 2020
  • Location Cloven Stone, Cragg Vale
  • Grid Reference SD 96993 19440
  • Latitude 53.671424
  • Longitude -2.0469975
  • Man Hours 65.6
  • Members In Attendance 18
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