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."
At 14:30, CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the ongoing search for a vulnerable missing 59yo female who was reported missing from home at 10:20am on the 11th April.
Whilst team members assembled to commence the search, CVSRT leaders and search managers attended the Police Station for a briefing where they were tasked with searching wooded and open areas. An additional search dog team also joined the search from Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.
Whilst this initial search continued, the next area of interest was identified and our search managers made ready to deploy the team. Before this could happen, a member of the public found the missing female in this new area of interest, and alerted the police.
CVSRT instantly deployed a vehicle to the casualty’s location to provided immediate medical care until the ambulance crew arrived on scene.
At 19:30 the team stood down and returned to base.
In attendance: 22 CVSRT
SARDA Dog Teams
1 Oldham Mountain Rescue Team
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Total Duration: 7hrs
Person Hours: 33hrs
- Date Wednesday, 12 April 2017
- Location Scott Hall Road, Leeds
- Grid Reference SE 30348 35888
- Latitude 53.818390
- Longitude -1.5405203
- Man Hours 33
- Members In Attendance 22
Specialist training for the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team is a weekly requirement to maintain the essential skills needed to operate safely as an effective emergency response service. Whilst we are all volunteers, team members are highly trained to guidelines set by Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW). At the heart of these guidelines is a set of 10 core skills, which ensures a high level of capability, but also a respect for personal and team safety as well as the care for the casualty. Skills include; search and rescue planning and management, specialist medical treatment, technical steep ground and crag rescue, night and adverse weather search and rescue, body recovery, swiftwater and flood rescue, and stretcher evacuation.
Annually we organise a ‘Core Skills Training Day’ for team members to refresh and practice these skills. Each year we choose a different location within our operational area to experience different terrains and potential hazards from certain locations. This year’s training was held on Saturday 11th March at St Ives Estate, Bingley, with previous training days held at Green Withens Reservoir, Ilkley Moor, Hardcastle Crags and the Castle Carr Estate.
Midway through the morning training session, Yorkshire Ambulance Service alerted the team to a real incident in Hebden Bridge that required our urgent assistance. Within minutes of the call, 27 members were sent to locate an injured female with a suspected ankle fracture and to assist with her evacuation. Thanks to an accurate location and guidance from friends of the lady, she was quickly located in Crow Nest Wood and team doctors promptly administered pain relief before relocating her dislocated ankle. Once comfortable, she was packaged and stretchered to the road and handed over to the ambulance crew.
Amy Brandreth was the lady who found herself in this unfortunate situation and recently contacted us to say thanks for assisting with her rescue. “I was out walking with a group of friends heading from Hebden Bridge to Stoodley Pike as part of our training to undertake the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. We had only been gone about half a mile when I slipped on a stone and the crack from my ankle echoed around the valley! I knew straight away what type of injury I had. We phoned the emergency services and I was able to use the map to give a 6-figure grid reference of our location, we also sent two of our group to meet the emergency services at the bottom of the footpath. From our vantage point on the footpath overlooking the valley, I was able to see the CVSRT and ambulance arriving - I wasn’t expecting 27 of the rescue team though! The team were great and I am extremely grateful for their care and compassion on the day, and look forward to meeting them in less unfortunate circumstances!”
By 13:30, team members had returned to St Ives Estate, Bingley to complete their Core Skills Training with the assistance of representatives from West Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and with special guest MP Holly Lynch plus a visit from Pam Laking, Chairlady of the Friends of St Ives. During the afternoon session, team members worked through skill stations and then were tasked with two simultaneous search and rescue scenarios, aimed at testing their newly refreshed core skills.
CVSRT would like to thank the Queensbury Village Walking Group and all our friends and families for volunteering as training casualties during the day. Special thanks go to our Active Supporters Group who consistently support the team and thanks to Bob Smith (Grough Magazine), who was on-hand to capture some photos of the incident and the whole training day and finally to Amy, we wish you a speedy recovery. [View Incident 1003]
CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the ongoing search for Craig Alderson who was reported missing on 20/1/17 from Queensbury.
30 team members were tasked with searching various areas of interest, however all areas were cleared and the team stood down at 9pm.
Police enquiries are ongoing: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/news/missing-craig-alderson-queensbury
In attendance: 30 CVSRT
Total Duration: 5hrs 40mins
- Date Sunday, 05 February 2017
- Location Queensbury
- Grid Reference SE 10474 30404
- Latitude 53.769880
- Longitude -1.8425750
- Man Hours 170
- Members In Attendance 30
CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search of a vulnerable 27yo male who had left his home address in a distressed condition.
All areas tasked by the police were cleared and the team stood down and returned to base at 04:30am then onward to their homes.
The missing male was reported found alive later that day at his friends house.
23 CVSRT members
West Yorkshire Police
Total Duration: 5hrs 25mins
Person Hours: 124.6hrs
- Date Wednesday, 14 December 2016
- Location Clough Lane, Mixenden
- Grid Reference SE 06072 28611
- Latitude 53.753830
- Longitude -1.9093923
- Man Hours 124.6
- Members In Attendance 23
At 20:51, CVSRT were called to assist West Yorkshire Police with the ongoing search for a vulnerable female who had been reported missing from Calderdale Royal Hospital. Earlier in the evening the police helicopter (NPAS Carr Gate) had searched and cleared all open areas.
24 Team members with Search dog ‘Pepper’ were available to respond immediately and once on-scene were tasked with clearing a large area of dense undergrowth in the Manor Heath Park area of Halifax.
At 22:06, Search dog ‘Pepper’ with hander Ellie located the missing female alive, but in need of medical assistance. Team doctors were quickly in attendance and the casualty was then transferred to hospital for further care.
In attendance: 24 CVSRT members
Search Dog 'Pepper' (SARDA England)
Total Duration: 3hrs 30mins
- Date Sunday, 11 December 2016
- Location Manor Heath Park, Halifax
- Grid Reference SE088234
- Latitude 53.707799
- Longitude -1.8669033
- Man Hours 79.2
- Members In Attendance 24
Midway through our 50th Anniversary Celebration Service in Mytholmroyd, CVSRT members became aware of a missing persons appeal issued by West Yorkshire Police for Denise Bishop, a vulnerable 38yo female, who was reported missing from Calderdale Royal Hospital.
Team members immediately noticed similarities to a recent missing person search in Holmfirth by Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, where the female had been successfully found by HVMRT on Friday (18th November) but was hypothermic and in need of medical assistance at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Subsequently the casualty had been transferred to Halifax for further treatment.
At 16:00pm on Saturday (19th November), West Yorkshire Police requested CVSRT assistance and our incident leaders also alerted HVMRT to the new search for the same female. Within the hour, 51 members from both teams had assembled and were deployed in and around the Savile Park area of Halifax. Earlier in the afternoon the missing female had been seen on CCTV entering the park.
As darkness fell, the temperatures also fell below freezing and search efforts intensified into the night with CVSRT Search dog ‘Pepper’ and Cheshire SAR Trailing dog ‘Skye’ joining the search, as well as additional units from the police, the police helicopter and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. All areas of interest radiating out from the last confirmed sighting in Savile Park were thoroughly searched and cleared.
The hospital grounds had already been searched earlier in the day by CRI security staff, however a CVSRT fell party were tasked to search the hospital grounds again just in case the missing female had been wandering for a while and had returned to that location.
At 20:38, the missing female was successfully found by CVSRT in dense foliage at the rear of the hospital. She was alive but wet, cold and very confused. She was able to walk and was escorted indoors for medical assistance.
CVSRT would like to thank HVMRT, WYFRS and WYP for their assistance with searching and covering such a large area so quickly. The combined efforts concluded with a successful find. Excellent team work and a fantastic result.
- Date Saturday, 19 November 2016
- Location Savile Park, Halifax
- Grid Reference SE 08896 23624
- Latitude 53.708967
- Longitude -1.8667102
- Man Hours 24
- Members In Attendance 132
Whilst CVSRT were returning to the valley from Incident #978 at Shipley Glen near Baildon, Team leaders received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a vulnerable missing male at Baitings Reservoir, Ripponden.
Once on-scene, CVSRT were tasked with searching and clearing areas of interest. Unfortunately the missing male wasn’t located during the search and at 02:30am the team stood down, returned the vehicles to their bases and then continued onward to their homes.
Police enquiries continued today (Tuesday) as the male was still missing and officers were assistance by the police helicopter and additional police ground units.
24 CVSRT members
West Yorkshire Police
Duration: 3hrs 45mins
- Date Monday, 14 November 2016
- Location Baitings Reservoir, Ripponden
- Grid Reference SE 01126 19091
- Latitude 53.668293
- Longitude -1.9844297
- Man Hours 90
- Members In Attendance 24
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team was called by Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to assist West Yorkshire Police with the ongoing search for 60-year-old Robert Bidski, who was reported missing by his family at around 9pm on Monday 10th October.
Mr Bidski was last seen in the Chickenley area, however his car was located on the Denby Dale Road, near the Bretton roundabout. Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team were contacted by West Yorkshire Police and began the search at 2.10am on Tuesday in the Bretton Common area.
The search continued throughout the day with assistance in the morning by SARDA search dogs. Later in the afternoon members from CVSRT, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, Yorkshire Lowland Search and Rescue Team and Lincolnshire Search and Rescue Team joined the search. By 18:45pm, all team's were stood down for the night whilst police enquiries continued.
West Yorkshire Police appeal: Robert Bidski missing appeal
Mr Bidski is described as a white male, 5ft 10", slim build, grey hair, goatee beard. When he was last seen, he was wearing a grey wool jacket, which was waist length, blue faded jeans and grey shoes.
PC Bronwyn Carter, said: "We are concerned for the welfare of Robert and are appealing to members of the public who may have seen him or know his whereabouts to assist with our enquiries.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact myself via 101 quoting log number 1665 of 10 October.
21 CVSRT members
2 CVSRT Search Dogs (Pepper and Jack)
West Yorkshire Police
NPAS National Police Air Service
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team
Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team
Yorkshire Lowland Search and Rescue Team
Lincolnshire Search and Rescue Team
CVSRT Person and dog hours: 147hrs
- Date Tuesday, 11 October 2016
- Location West Bretton
- Grid Reference SE 27961 14275
- Latitude 53.624271
- Longitude -1.5787214
- Man Hours 147
- Members In Attendance 21
Earlier today, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team was contacted by Yorkshire Ambulance Service requesting assistance with a search for a vulnerable 30yr female who had gone missing and was in need of medical attention.
12 CVSRT members with Search dog ‘Pepper’ were deployed to the location near West Bradford Golf Club. Due to the location, our neighbouring team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, was also placed on stand-by, however thankfully their services were not required.
Whilst the police helicopter searched from over head, a search area was identified and the team deployed. Shortly after entering the woodland, Search dog ‘Pepper’ with handler Ellie Sherwin found the missing female alive, but in need of urgent medical assistance.
The remaining CVSRT members and YAS paramedics were guided to the casualty’s location and affected a swift evacuation to the ambulance.
At 18:00, the team returned to The Rescue Post, then onward to their homes or work. Excellent teamwork and a great result.
Well done ‘Pepper’ for the quick find…(and Ellie of course).
In attendance: 12 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)
Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)
West Yorkshire Police
National Police Air Service (NPAS)
Duration: 4hrs 25mins
Person (and search dog) hrs: 51
- Date Wednesday, 28 September 2016
- Location Heaton Wood, Shipley
- Grid Reference SE 11531 34965
- Latitude 53.810848
- Longitude -1.8263670
- Man Hours 51
- Members In Attendance 12