Technology in Mountain Rescue

22 Jul 2018
You may not immediately think that Mountain Rescue would be big users of technology, but over the last few years, Mountain Rescue and Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team have been introducing and trialing new technology to make rescues faster and safer for both casualties and team members. Over recent months, CVSRT has made a significant investment on digital radio technology thanks to donations from the community and local business plus a contribution from Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW). This now means that each CVSRT member has a digital radio providing wide area secure communications plus we can quickly…

Probationers trip to Croagh Patrick

04 Aug 2018
‘Flight FR6673 Liverpool to Knock is now boarding at Gate 32’. This was the start of the CVSRT trainees’ journey to Ireland to assist fellow mountain rescue teams at the annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. The next 48hrs were to be an opportunity to put into practice many of the skills we have developed during our first 6-months of training with CVSRT, and also an assessment before being added to the call-out list. With thousands, an estimated 6,000 this year, of people scaling Croagh Patrick in a single day accidents and injuries were inevitable. Pilgrims, some…

Help to prevent moorland wildfires

27 Jun 2018
Due to the very warm weather at present and with a forecast of more hot, dry weather and a large moorland fire on Saddleworth Moor - unsurprisingly there is an increased risk here in Calderdale from Wildfire. The Met Office warning for Wildfires over the next few days is very high. Please look after our moors as they play an integral part of the local wildlife, water quality and retaining surface water and carbon, as well as protecting livelihoods. Please be vigilant and help to prevent moorland wildfires. If you see anything suspicious report it to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111…

MREW Peer Review 2018

17 May 2018
“Professional is not a label you give yourself – it’s a description you hope others will apply to you”. Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team recently took the opportunity to undergo a peer review of all the operational aspects of the team. Three peer reviewers were invited to the Calder Valley from Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team (South Wales), Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (North Wales) and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team (North Yorkshire) and spent a weekend with the team. CVSRT is a very proud team who strive to provide the highest level of search and rescue response to the community…

CVSRT Richard Graves

12 May 2018
“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.” On the 3rd May we told you about a heartwarming story of an incredible young lady - 6year old Amelia Graves, who had decided to have her lovely long hair cut off to help raise funds for two charities. Amelia donated her hair to Little Princess Trust – a charity that creates real hair wigs for children and young adults who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses. Amelia was also…

Search dog 'Nell'

10 May 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of Search dog ‘Nell’ (a border collie handled by CVSRT Chairman David Warden). Nell retired recently on her 13th birthday having given over 11 years of service to Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team and SARDA England. She was always a confident dog, happy to work at great distances from David and thereby searching and clearing large swathes of moorland or mountainside very efficiently. She was a quick learner and took to search work very enthusiastically. Nell passed her search dog assessment in Snowdonia and joined CVSRT in March…

CVSRT Honorary President

25 Mar 2018
History was made this week when CVSRT honorary president, Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley MBE retired from the position he has held since 1994 and handed over the reins to president elect Mr David Whitteron. A presentation evening was held at The Rescue Post where Bob was presented with the MREW Long Service Certificate, by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Squadron Leader David Dinmore MBE DL RAF (Rtd). He was also offered the role of Lifetime Vice President by CVSRT Team Leader Ben Carter, which Bob gratefully accepted.  At an earlier presentation, Bob was also awarded a Certificate of Loyal Service…

Snow Patrol (17th & 18th March)

19 Mar 2018
During the weekend of 17th & 18th March, CVSRT provided assistance to our emergency services: Saturday 17th March12:58CVSRT were alerted to an incident involving a hypothermic mountain biker at Warland Reservoir who required assistance. The rider had managed to find shelter but was unable to continue with his ride. Five members were deployed to locate the rider, provide casualty care and transfer him to a place of safety. During the day, weather warnings had been issued for the region and by early evening the wintery conditions began to take hold so CVSRT was placed on stand-by to…

Our Four-Legged Resources

11 Mar 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…

Snow Patrol

04 Mar 2018
It’s safe to say that the last few days have been busy for CVSRT and fellow rescue teams across the country with members working around the clock in shifts to provide support for the emergency services, local councils and associated agencies during the challenging weather extremes everyone has experienced and in some remote areas is still experiencing. It is worth remembering that the team is a charity funded entirely by donations with all team members volunteering their time freely. In most cases, members have full time jobs and families to support, as well as juggling their commitment to the rescue…

Calder Control, this is ‘Exercise Charlie One’ requesting Helimed 99 for a night air evacuation…

10 Feb 2018
High Brown Knoll, 21:30hrs “Calder Control; this is 'Exercise Charlie One' requesting an exercise helimed for a subject with a suspected MI at grid reference Sierra Echo 0098 3042. Over.”“Control to Exercise Charlie One, Helimed 99 is en route to your location. ETA 30 minutes. Over”“Control, just to confirm; actual Helimed 99 en route, not an exercise helimed? Over.”“Correct, prep a landing site. Out.” This was the point our evening suddenly became interesting. Tasked with finding four overdue Scouts and their leader, we’d trudged our way through the snow up to the trig point following their planned route. Our casualties…

CVSRT Trainees 2018-19

31 Jan 2018
There’s no denying that Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) wouldn’t exist without volunteers and during last year we received over 30 applications from members of the community wishing to join the team as operational full team members. These aspirant candidates went through a three-stage selection process (application form, open evening and a hill skills assessment), to check their suitability to progress onto our training programme. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Nicola, Matthew, James (back row), Trisha and Emily (front row), and Steve (not pictured) as our new trainees for 2018-19. We wish you every success…

Only look back to see how far you’ve come…

19 Jan 2018
It’s customary at this time of year to look back at the year that’s just past, but as the saying goes ‘only look back to see how far you’ve come’. With this in mind we’ve asked our longest serving operational members to reflect on their time in the team…(so far!) Clive Green (47.5yrs service), “In the early days our callouts were usually missing person searches and with about five callouts a year plus we only trained once a month at weekends – so the team today is unrecognizable. Anyone considering joining the team should be prepared to put in a…

Nat West, Halifax, Charity of the Year for 2017

30 Dec 2017
Huge thanks to Nat West, Halifax, who chose our team as their charity of the year for 2017. They raised money through various activities such as a static Tour de Yorkshire, cake and book sales, and collecting loose change from their customers. In total, they managed to raise a grand total of £1746.99.

CVSRT Christmas Street Collections

14 Dec 2017
It’s that time of year again! Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team will be out and about meeting Christmas shoppers in Keighley and Halifax Town Centres on Saturday 16th December between 10am – 4pm. This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet the search dogs and team, and also pick up some CVSRT merchandise, which will make excellent Christmas gifts!

Our community is in safe hands

10 Dec 2017
As the evenings have been drawing in the volunteers of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team have shelved their usual head torches, thermals and boots in favour of medical books, rescue equipment and secenario role play. Over the last three months the teams training time has been solely focused on how to care for any casualty they could encounter in the context of Mountain Rescue, whether they are injured or unwell. The ultimate aim is for team members to obtain their Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) Casualty Care Certificate. This qualification allows CVSRT members who are not medical professionals,…

Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA donate £1213.54 from Beer & Cider Festival

04 Dec 2017
On Thursday 30th November, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team welcomed members from Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA to The Rescue Post in Mytholmroyd for a look round and to learn more about the team. During the evening, the team was presented with a cheque for £1213.54 from the proceeds of the recent Beer and Cider Festival held in Hebden Bridge. CVSRT member Wayne Ogden was on-hand to gratefully accept the generous donation and say a huge thanks for everyones support during the festival. Cheers!

Co-op Local Community Fund

01 Dec 2017
Fantastic Fundraising News Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are very pleased to announce that the team will benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund. #TheCoopWay Already a Co-op Member?You can now select CVSRT as your chosen local cause to receive 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services at the Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge stores and at J&C Warburton Funeralcare until the 27th October 2018. Click here >> To choose CVSRT as your Co-op local cause << Not a Co-op Member? Register and help raise funds for CVSRT: Become a Co-op Member Thank you for helping…

Mr Robert 'Bob' Uttley MBE

29 Nov 2017
Huge congratulations to our Honorary President, Mr Robert ‘Bob’ Uttley who received his MBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on November 10th. Bob was awarded his medal for Services to the Community of Calder Valley & Todmorden. Very well deserved and a proud moment indeed. Read more on the Halifax Courier website: CLICK

MREW Casualty Care Examination Results

26 Nov 2017
And the results are in… We are very pleased to announce that 35 members from CVSRT and 1 member from HVMRT successfully completed the MREW Casualty Care Examination (Theory & Practical) this weekend. For some this was their first time to take the exams whilst for most it was to recertify their qualifications. CVSRT would like to thank members of: Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) for providing a Senior Examiner and two training casualties, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) for providing an assessor and to Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA) for providing four casualties. Many thanks also to the four examiners who were in attendance from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) – from Halifax, Bradford Emergency Department,…

Joining the dots to build stronger bonds

12 Nov 2017
Having learnt from our experiences over recent years during the floods, we quickly realised the need to adopt closer working relationships with all the emergency services, partner organisations and the Environmental Agency. Floods by nature are often wide spread, devastating and generally will require immediate hands-on and intervention from many trained personnel to provide an effective response. As a direct result of Boxing Day floods, CVSRT received donations from various organisations, businesses, community groups and the public. These funds were specifically to buy specialist water rescue equipment and to train team members with new water rescue skills and knowledge. We…

Top tips to remain safe this winter in the great outdoors!

15 Oct 2017
The nights are now drawing in and the shorter days are with us for the next few months, and not forgetting the clocks going back on Sunday 29th October. But that doesn’t mean that the countryside is out of bounds, it just means you need to be properly prepared. Here are a few key safety considerations before venturing out onto the hills and moors. Firstly, be aware of the time. Make sure you start your journey early enough to complete the route in daylight, and be aware what time it gets dark, allowing plenty time to get home safely, even…

Father and son team up for mountain challenge

14 Oct 2017
Roland Arnison (Roly) and his 14 years old son James Elles from Thornton, Bradford, have set their goals high with a mountain of a challenge as they attempt the complete the National Three Peaks Challenge to help raise funds for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT). For those unfamiliar with the challenge, it involves climbing the three highest peaks, which are Ben Nevis (1345m) in Scotland, Scafell Pike (978m) in the Lake District and Snowdon (1085m) in Wales, all within 24 hours. To help them accomplish their challenge, they have enlisted Richard Quinn who will drive the pair between…

An evening of Love & Laughter

30 Sep 2017
Calling all lovers of lush harmonies and louche singers… Do you fancy an “Evening of Love & Laughter”? Well this event is just for you. Enjoy a charming evening at Hebden Bridge Golf Club on Saturday 14th October with music from Mozart to Manhattan Transfer via Cole Porter, all performed by Due Voci and Bright Shiners. With great food and licenced bar, this promises to be a brilliant evening…and what’s more it’s also a fundraising evening for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. Get tickets by emailing: performancetickets1@gmail.com  or visit the events page: Evening of Love & Laughter

Blazing Saddles & Orange Test Ride Day

28 Sep 2017
On Saturday 16th September, Blazing Saddles Cycles & Orange Bikes held a Test Ride Day with the kind support of Midgehole Working Men’s Club (The Blue Pig) Hebden Bridge. The event successfully forged friendships between Blazing Saddles, Orange Bikes and the Working Men’s Club, who went out of their way to make the riders feel welcome and made hot food and drinks available during the event. Anna Baker from Blazing Saddles' said, “Our intention is to link to routes around The Blue Pig to promote safer riding and hopefully improve relations between riders and walkers using the paths and trails…
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