New tow bar donated by MUD UK

30 Jan 2016
Many thanks are in order for long-term supporter of the team, Kevin Baldwin at MUD UK for kindly donating and fitting the new tow bar on Calder Mobile 2 (Land Rover Defender 110).  Kevin heard that we were considering purchasing a trailer to transport water rescue equipment and he offered to supply and fit the tow bar for free. He has also recently supplied 2 LED blue light repeaters for Calder Mobile 1. Great support. Thanks from CVSRT.  Meanwhile, elsewhere in the news, it was great to see our fellow Mountain Rescue team members from Glossop MRT on BBC One: The One…

Life Membership for Les Wilson

29 Jan 2016
Earlier this week, CVSRT member Les Wilson was presented with a 'Life Membership' award for his service to the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. Les joined the team in 2010 after enjoying 16 years as a combat engineer in the Royal Engineers and finished his army career in the forces as a recce sergeant. It became apparent soon after joining CVSRT he was a natural leader and quickly accepted a role as one of the Assistant Leaders in 2012, and then in 2014 became Team Leader for 12 months. Les accepted the award and said, “Being part of a…

Halifax business supports Calderdale flood relief effort

27 Jan 2016
CVSRT are extremely happy to announce that the team has received a very generous donation of £5000 from SSP, a leading insurance software provider, whose head office is based at Dean Clough Mill, Halifax. This substantial sum is part of an incredible £20,000 going towards efforts to help local people and businesses affected by the recent Boxing Day floods in Calderdale. Many SSP employees have been directly impacted by the recent floods, and Mr Laurence Walker, Chief Executive at SSP, was keen to find ways to support them and other local people as well as local businesses. “When a local tragedy like…

Javed Bhatti

22 Jan 2016
By now, most of you will be familiar with the recent Spine Challenger event and the inaugural Spine Mountain Rescue Challenge which covered 108miles from Edale to Hawes. Then there was the ‘Spine Race’ – dubbed Britain’s most brutal race, which encompassed the entire 268miles of The Pennine Way…but it doesn’t stop there! One of the Spine Race competitors, a gent called Javed Bhatti, completed the epic winter ultra-marathon, finishing the route in 7-days at Kirk Yetholm on Saturday morning. But after a short rest, he’s turned around and began the journey back along the Pennine Way to Edale… an…

Probationary Assessment

22 Jan 2016
We are often asked, “I want to join the team… what are you looking for from an Operational Full Team Member?” Team members come from all walks of life, from every part of our operational area and from any age group and background. To be considered for our training programme, you must first meet our essential criteria before being considered for the ‘hill skills assessment’. Successful candidates are then invited to join the 6+ month trainee phase followed by a 9+ months probationer phase. Yes but what exactly are we looking for? Simple really, we require commitment and teamwork. There…

CVSRT Steve Westwood completes SPINE Mountain Rescue Challenge 2016

11 Jan 2016
That's one happy and relieved chap. CVSRT Steve Westwood, presented with his Spine Mountain Rescue Challenge 2016 finishers t-shirt. Thank you to everyone who has supported our four runners this weekend at home, on social media or meeting them along the way at checkpoints or road crossing to top up with water, jelly babies or moral support. It's been an incredible challenge with brutal weather, unforgiving conditions and sleep deprivation.  There is obvious disappointment for Alistair, Howard and Tim who unfortunately had to retire at Checkpoint 1 (50 miles) due to injury, and jubilation for Steve who managed to complete the…

2015 in Summary

31 Dec 2015
During 2015, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team has experienced some incredible high points, but sadly we finish the year witnessing first-hand the utter devastation that has ruined so many homes and businesses with the recent floods. No matter what the situation though, one word resonates throughout… ‘COMMUNITY’…and we are proud to be part of this community. On behalf of all the volunteers who make up the team; from supporters, dogsbodies and training casualties, probie members and operational full team members, may we take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last twelve months, because without…

Get Carl the Snail #Home4Xmas

21 Dec 2015
As some of you may remember, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team were recently deployed to Cumbria to assist emergency services during the terrible flooding that hit the region at the beginning of December. Whilst evacuating local residents from the streets of Carlisle, our swiftwater rescue team spotted a very special character floating by.  He was saved and affectionately named ‘Carl’ before becoming the mascot for the rescue boat.  He remained with the boat and returned to the CVSRT base at the end of our deployment.  Now the floodwaters have receded, Carl wants to return home.  He was found floating along Petterell Street,…

Christmas Collection

19 Dec 2015
On Saturday saw the deployment of the team en masse to the streets in Halifax and Keighley for our annual Christmas Collection to help raise essential funds to keep the team operational. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to few individuals who helped throughout the day. Thanks to Christian Scott Hairdressing who supplied water for our Search Dogs and made hot drinks for team members and gave us a box of chocolates towards the end of the day. Thanks also to Liquid Lens, Wright Angle Marketing and Elysium Screens for producing a 10 second digital…

Latest CVSRT Newsletter

14 Dec 2015
In this issue: Callout Reports (Feb – Aug 2015) Fundraising News and Donations Public Events, Visits and Presentations Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year HM Coastguard Helicopter Training Yorkshire Air Ambulance Training Croagh Patrick Reek Sunday Pilgrimage Hot Air Balloon Crash Scenario Our 50th Anniversary Celebration Plans Aim Higher Stoodley Pike Challenge Probationary Training How to support the team Click to view: CVSRT NEWSLETTER   Would you like to recieve the CVSRT Newsletter direct to your email inbox? Simply complete the ‘contact us’ form on the homepage and remember to tick the newsletter subscription box, and then we will add you to…

CVSRT assist #CumbriaFloods

06 Dec 2015
CALLOUT UPDATE: CVSRT Swiftwater Rescue Technicians remain in Cumbria to assist local emergency services with the #CumbriaFloods #StormDesmond More details later:

Final calendar image

01 Dec 2015
It’s December already, which means the final photograph in the CVSRT Fundraising Calendar 2015 is ‘Snow Defender’ featuring Search Dog ‘Meg’. This particular calendar page was sponsored by the Memory Care Store Photographed by Anne Farnell, the picture was captured whilst out with CVSRT Chairman Pete Farnell, as he and Meg checked abandoned vehicles to make sure they were unoccupied, during the snowdrifts on Thorney Lane at Midgley, a few years ago. We are pleased to announce that all the vehicles were empty and also all the calendars sold out with a final total raised of £5000. Thanks to…

On this day… 29th November, 1965

29 Nov 2015
On this day… 29th November, 1965, Mr. Robert Akrigg, a 55 year old reservoir keeper set out in treacherous conditions to check the water gauges from the Gorple Cottages near Hebden Bridge, but never returned. Water Board employees accompanied by the police, local farmers, estate keepers were joined by Mountain and Fell Rescue Team members from across the north of England to begin the search in earnest. As the week progressed, the search mounted in intensity and by the third day, more than 300 people were searching the moors and stayed from first light until dark without success.  With the…

New CVSRT 50th Anniversary logo

19 Nov 2015
As some of you may be aware, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary in 2016, and to help mark this very important milestone, we’ve designed a new logo.  Inspiration for the CVSRT 50th logo came from the original 1966 Calder Valley Moorland Rescue badge and will be adopted by the team during the year.  Our aim throughout 2016 is to:• Remember our origins, previous members and incidents• Celebrate team successes and achievements• Reinforce our commitment to the community through training and education• Raise funds for the future• Celebrate and have some fun! We hope…

Todmorden Brownies Visit

19 Nov 2015
Yesterday, four CVSRT members spent the evening visiting the 7th Todmorden Brownies who had expressed interest in learning about the team as they are working towards their ‘Out and About’ Badge. Firstly the pack watched a Mountain Rescue DVD and then had the opportunity to get some hands-on experience with the fell party kit and our vacuum mattress. The Brownies were given instruction on; how to dress appropriately for walking and rambling, how to pack a rucksack, what precautions they should take against being caught out in bad weather or in darkness without a torch. A fun evening with some…

MREW release a new 60 seconds fundraising film

29 Oct 2015
Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) have released a new 60 second fundraising film. Please take the time to watch the video here or view the full 6minute version and support MREW if you can. Remember you can support CVSRT directly simply visiting our ’Support Us’ page: Thanks for helping us to help you.

Wet and Wild(ish) by Jacques Crowther (CVSRT Probie)

25 Oct 2015
The weekend of the 10th of October saw the first MPSRO regional Water First Responder course. Principally organised by CVSRT members, with hosting and additional tuition from Rossendale and Pendle MRT and team members from Bolton, Calder Valley and Rossendale & Pendle in attendance. Conscious of a global trend towards more extreme weather events and having been called upon to assist during the flooding of recent years, Mountain Rescue Teams nationally have begun to ensure that they are properly trained and equipped to meet the challenges of operating in flood and swift water environments. Every member of a mountain rescue…

New Addition

12 Oct 2015
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) are very happy to announce that a new addition will start training shortly, in the hope of eventually joining the team! ‘Wynn’, a 10 week old Border Collie bitch, with her owner and handler David Warden from Shibden Valley, Halifax, will start almost immediately the training for mountain rescue search work. The training, which is expected to take about 2 years is undertaken to the standards of the Search and Rescue Dog Association. David, has been a member of CVSRT and Search And Rescue Dog Association England for 20 years and ‘Wynn’ is…

Brit Rock success

14 Oct 2015
Well, we think you can safely say that the Brit Rock Film Tour 2015‬ was officially launched last night with a capacity crowd of nearly 500 attending the Hebden Bridge Picture House and enjoying 3 beautifully unique and visually stunning films. They were absolutely outstanding. Firstly, CVSRT would like to thank Alastair Lee for choosing us to launch the tour and to screen the world premiere of ‘Citadel’. We would also like to thank Matt Helliker for flying in especially for the night and to Claire Jane Carter for embellishing the evening. Cheers to all the companies and individuals who…

Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team at Emmerdale Film Set

09 Oct 2015
Whilst most of our CVSRT members and supporters were at the cinema yesterday, several other members were enjoying their 15seconds of fame on the small screen during last nights episode of Emmerdale on ITV. So how many of you eagle-eyed buffs spotted Calder Mobile 2 (Land Rover 110) on-screen during the scrambling incident involving Pete, Finn and Andy? If not, here’s your chance to see it again via the ITV Player:

Hardcastle Crags

26 Sep 2015
In-between callouts this week, CVSRT received an unexpected telephone call from someone wishing to make a donation to the team. Last year, whilst out walking at Hardcastle Crags, a lady had slipped and tumbled down the banking sustaining a head injury in the process. At the time, 15 team members responded to the scene and once assembled placed the casualty onto our stretcher and carried her gently up the steep bank and to the waiting ambulance. Incident 818 (1/7/2014): CVSRT would like to thank the lovely lady for her generous donation and glad she made a full recovery.

Sainsbury's (Wade Street Halifax), Charity of the Year

25 Aug 2015
It is with great pleasure that we can now announce that the grand total raised from the team being chosen as the Sainsbury's (Wade Street Halifax), Charity of the Year is…£10,678.04. CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all the Sainsbury’s colleagues at the Halifax store for their continued support and enthusiasm, and most importantly, a massive thank you to all the generous shoppers who have donated throughout the year. This incredible amount is the culmination of: collection buckets on every check-out till, three fundraising days at the store, proceeds from a Quiz…

Kilimanjaro Challenge

30 Jul 2015
Drew Whitworth, who lives in Hebden Bridge, recently contacted the team to say he had a great idea to help raise funds for Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team. Obviously we were intrigued to find out more!!  On the 28th July, his epic journey began to climb Kilimanjaro - the highest mountain in Africa (19,340ft/5,895m) and he expects to reach the summit on 2nd August. He also hopes to raise £1500 from the challenge, which will be donated to CVSRT.  Drew said, “Having spent a considerable amount of time walking in remote places, I’m well aware that being prepared with the right…

Dementia Friendly

18 May 2015
On Saturday May 9th, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team members were at the official launch of 'Dementia Friendly Todmorden'. The group, which aims to provide help for those who have been diagnosed with the condition and their families, hosted a special event at Todmorden Town Hall with a range of exhibitors on-hand to answer questions and provide helpful advice. Top QC Cherie Blair CBE, was one of the guest speakers. Cherie's father (and actor) Tony Booth, lives in Todmorden with his wife Steph, and has the condition. Other speakers included Mark Burns-Williamson, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner…

Welcome to the Team

05 Mar 2015
Recently, after completing a gruelling training programme, the probationary team members finally faced their assessment weekend. Designed as a test of stamina and aptitude, they spent 24hrs putting the last 15 months of training to the test. Experienced members of both CVSRT and Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (who came over especially to help) guided the 5 intrepid members through a variety of scenarios involving medical, trauma, rope work and navigation pushing them to their limits. We are pleased to announce they performed extremely well in what can only be described as ‘testing’ weather conditions! So from all at CVSRT we’d…
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