CVSRT - March 2020


22 Mar 2020


During these unprecedented times Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) are committed to looking out for the safety and wellbeing of all of our volunteers whilst maintaining the ability to remain operational and take care of the safety and wellbeing of all casualties in need of our help.

To support this we have been in regular contact with our Mountain Rescue partners and have been following all recommended guidance over the last few weeks and will continue to do so as the situation develops.

For further information please see the Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) response to the Coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak, released on 22nd March 2020, below;

Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) is following the national health protection advice and applying it to its situation - just like everyone else should be doing at this critical time.

A lot of MR volunteers have day jobs that will be important in the coming weeks and months - paramedics, NHS staff etc - so we need to enable them to stay well and focus on that work. And we need the public’s help to make this possible.

Please avoid all but essential travel and do not to take any
unnecessary risks. If you are going to go out, you should walk, climb or cycle well within your capabilities so that you can keep yourself safe and not need us.

If you need MR assistance but suspect you may have Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who has it then please, tell the Police this information as soon as you can when calling 999 for help.

“For nearly 90 years, Mountain Rescue has been there to help anyone, free of charge, who gets into difficulty in the outdoors,” said Mike France of MREW. “Our volunteers want to continue to provide this support to the emergency services but that means they need to stay well themselves. We are calling on the public to give us our best chance to do this.”


14 Mar 2020

#CALLOUT On Saturday 14th March at 13:14 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 a lower leg injury while out walking in Hardcastle Crags.

CVSRT members were first on scene assessing the casualties injuries, providing pain relief and placing the injured ankle in a splint.

The casualty was then moved, by both stretcher and team vehicle, to the main car park and transferred to a YAS ambulance upon arrival .

#1229 Hardcastle Crags
14th March 2020
In attendance;

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 14 March 2020
  • Location Hardcastle Crags
  • Grid Reference SD 97811 29241
  • Latitude 53.759518
  • Longitude -2.0346862
  • Man Hours 67.9
  • Members In Attendance 19


14 Mar 2020
On Saturday 7th March Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) hosted ‘ROLE’ (Recognition of Life Extinct) regional training, a nationally recognised Advanced Casualty Care course.
The course was instigated, organised and delivered by one of our team doctors who was assisted by two of our team paramedics along with another doctor from Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.
In support of the training A senior Crime Scene Officer from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) delivered an informative lecture and helped mentor the delegates during the various scenarios. 
In total, sixteen Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW) team members attended the course both from CVSRT and our neighbouring teams Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Bolton Mountain Rescue Team and Cave Rescue Organisation.  
This additional certified skill is something each attending team will be able to utilise when supporting the statutory emergency services and members of the public in times of distress, and is a course we will look to deliver again in the future.
A huge thank you to everyone who travelled to our base in Mytholmroyd to deliver, support and attend the training session.

All In A Day

12 Mar 2020
#All In A Day
The beginning of the week was a particularly busy one for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT).  Within a 24 hour period the team was alerted to a potential request for assistance, responded to 2 requests to assist the emergency services and also attended our regular Tuesday evening training session.
The combined duration of these events were 10hrs with a total of 220hrs of team effort. 
The busy 24hrs started at 12:55 on Monday 9th March with an alert to the CVSRT Prime (leaders) group for a potential assist request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS). The group were stood down before a full team callout was raised.
At 00:16 on Tuesday 10th March CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) to assist in a search for a missing female near Rock Lane, Bradford.  The team, along with our Search dogs, were tasked with searching key areas in the vicinity.  During our search further intel was obtained placing the missing person in a different area.  The team was stood down and police located the missing person safe and well.
#1227 South View Queensbury
In attendance;
4 Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (Jack, Wynn, Orion, Meg)
At 12:24 on Tuesday 10th March we received a request from YAS to assist with the evacuation of a male who had suffered a lower leg injury in Hawksworth Spring.  On arrival of CVSRT Yorkshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were on scene, the casualty was assessed, packaged and transferred by stretcher to the awaiting ambulance.
#1228 Hawksworth Spring, Baildon
In attendance
1 MRSDE (Meg)
That same evening at 19:30 the team gathered at Baitings Dam for one of our regular weekly training sessions.  This particular session involved packaging and transferring a casualty around a short but very tricky and muddy course.  This tested our ability in planning and problem solving and also utilised many of the skills we often require when moving a casualty on a stretcher.
We continue to attend these regular training sessions, no matter the weather, only postponing for a real callout, to ensure we keep the teams skillset and standards at the highest possible level.
#Team Training
In Attendance;

March 2020

01 Mar 2020

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