CVSRT - March 2023

Wild Weather

10 Mar 2023
Wild Weather
 
The weather over the last 24 hours has been pretty wild, particularity on higher ground and more exposed areas.
 
Working with West Yorkshire Police (WYP) and Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS), Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) provided additional rescue cover from Thursday afternoon, through the night and into early Friday afternoon.  
 
The majority of our support was helping stranded motorists by digging out their vehicles, or if the vehicle was completely stuck transporting them to safety. 
 
Over the period CVSRT helped 15 stranded motorists. 
 
The team also spent some time helping out our friends Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT) who had a similar volume of people to help. 
 
Although the night shift only managed 10 minutes of sleep it was really pleasing to be able to be able to get all casualties to safety.
International Women’s Day
 
Today is International Women’s Day (IWD).  The theme for IWD2023 is #EmbraceEquity.
 
Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have.  A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's core and something to think about, not just today, but everyday.
 
To celebrate IWD2023 Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) are hosting ‘Women in Mountain Rescue’, an online event for MREW members to have the opportunity to connect to other teams in the organisation and hear from a panel of inspirational speakers.
 
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) are fortunate to have our own inspirational members on the team across various roles. One of them, Laura Davies, has shared their thoughts on life as a volunteer which you can read below, and we will look to introduce more of our team to you through the year. 
 
Laura Davies. 
 
I joined CVSRT as an operational trainee in January 2020, after spending 18 months as an active supporter. For my paid job, I am a Senior Lecturer teaching and doing research in social policy and sociology. Although this is full-time, I have good availability for team callouts as my working hours are fairly flexible and I can make up the time later.
 
I joined the team as I have loved spending my free time in the hills since I was a child (initially as a walker and later as a runner) and wanted to make a contribution to my local community. Though I have never needed to call a team out myself, I have always been grateful that the safety net of MR exists, and as I had the time I thought I should do my bit.
 
When I first joined as a supporter, I wasn't sure I had the necessary skills to be an operational member as I'm not a climber, but soon realised that a range of skills and experiences are really useful and valued in the team. As well as the core skills all operational team members have, I'm also a Casualty Carer, Mod 2 Water First Responder and 2iC for Section One. Fitness, adaptability, navigation skills and the ability to remain cheerful on an overnight job when you have work the next day all come in useful too. 
 
The things I most enjoy are working with a great team of dedicated people, the opportunity to make a difference to someone who is having a difficult day and the camaraderie and satisfaction that comes with completing challenging jobs.
 
As well as the rescue team and work keeping me busy, I have a grown-up daughter and a young grandson who enjoys coming out with me and my dog to explore the moors of the Upper Valley.
If you would like to find out more about CVSRT please visit www.CVSRT.org.uk

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