CVSRT Probationary Members pass final assessment

24 Jan 2017
This weekend saw our current Probationary Members (2016-17) take their final assessment - a non-stop 24hr test of attitude, aptitude and ability – the perfect opportunity for our five ‘probies’ to demonstrate what they have learnt. CVSRT would like to thank Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT) for their excellent hospitality this weekend and assistance with putting the probies through their paces. During their assessment in Gisburn Forest Bike Trail, the teams came across an injured biker who required assistance for a shoulder injury, and later they were called to another incident on the trails to assist North West Ambulance…

CVSRT receive £1000 donation from Halifax Freemasons (De Warren Lodge)

23 Jan 2017
On Monday evening, CVSRT had a visit to The Rescue Post from members of the Halifax Freemasons (De Warren Lodge) who enjoyed a slideshow presentation and talk about the team, followed by a demonstration of rescue equipment we use. De Warren Lodge member David Whitteron, thanked the team for a charming evening and presented CVSRT Deputy Leader, Jonathan Cole with a donation of £1000, which was gratefully accepted on behalf of CVSRT. After the visit, team members and their guests retired to the Shoulder of Mutton in Mytholmroyd for refreshments.

CVSRT Jonothan Wright takes 3rd place on Montane Spine Race Mountain Rescue Challenge

17 Jan 2017
We are delighted to announce that CVSRT member Jonothan Wright completed the Montane Spine Race Mountain Rescue Challenge in 3rd place, finishing in 36hrs 38mins 36secs. What a fantastic result and incredible achievement – Very well done. Commiserations to CVSRT member, Howard Barton, who retired at Gargrave due to a leg injury sustained near East Marton. He had completed 71miles in 31hrs 58mins 22secs and was in high spirits, but made the wise decision to retire rather than continue and cause serious damage. Excellent effort Howard. CVSRT would like to thank everyone who supported the runners and donated to their…

Vocation Brewery donate £805.00 to CVSRT

07 Jan 2017
Earlier in 2016, Vocation Brewery kindly launched a limited cask ale called ‘Search & Rescue’ to mark our 50th Anniversary and to help fundraise for the team. Yesterday, the team gratefully received a cheque for £805.00 from sales of the ale. Many thanks to John Hickling and the Vocation Brewery staff for their fantastic support. This generous donation will go towards purchasing some waterproof radios. Cheers!

CVSRT invest £13,000 improving flood water rescue capability

20 Dec 2016
With the sounds of the flood sirens heard recently in the Calder Valley, we are all constantly reminded of the risk of flooding remains real. CVSRT remains vigilant, always prepared ready to deploy when and wherever needed. Our commitment to the safety of the community is paramount and we endeavour to continue to increase our water rescue capabilities. This has been made possible by the continued support and generous donations from the community, local organisations and private companies throughout the Calder Valley. Thanks to this fantastic support, our water rescue team has managed to train three new Swift Water Rescue…

Christmas Collection raises £2941.91

20 Dec 2016
On Saturday 19th December, CVSRT members and supporters were out on the streets of Halifax and Keighley for our annual Christmas Collection to help raise funds to keep the team operational. The weather was kind to us and remained dry although chilly at times, but your heart-warming messages of support and very generous donations were gratefully received throughout the day in both towns with a grand total £2941.91 raised. Please accept our sincere thanks and we wish you all a Wonderful Safe Christmas and Happy New Year.Thank you.CVSRT If you missed supporting the team and search dogs on Saturday, you…

£60,000 donation from Community Foundation For Calderdale

02 Dec 2016
WOW! Something happened last night in Halifax and the shockwaves are still being felt today within Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. Yesterday evening, CVSRT Leader Ben Carter, Deputy Leader Jonathan Cole and Chairman Pete Farnell attended an event at Dean Clough Halifax with 250 guests to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Community Foundation For Calderdale, but little did they know what was about to happen. For those unfamiliar with the work CFFC does, they are a philanthropic advisor to individual donors and businesses locally, a strategic grant making foundation and community leader. Each year they identify priority local…

Summer 2016 Newsletter

06 Nov 2016
Our latest Newsletter is now available to read online: During the last six months, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team have been extremely busy with our 50th Anniversary celebrations and numerous fundraising events. The team has also attended 46 callouts from March to August, which equates to 2416 voluntary hours and 30 members of the community rescued. In March we had chance to catch up with BBC Look North (Yorkshire) presenters Harry Gration and Paul Hudson during their grueling three-legged challenge for Sport Relief. They looked thrilled to receive a 50th Anniversary branded neckwear!! Perfect for wiping the sweat…

Whoosh Mountain Biking donate to CVSRT

22 Oct 2016
On Tuesday evening, CVSRT had a visit from Chris Kilburn from Whoosh Mountain Biking based in Hebden Bridge, who contacted us saying he’d like call in to our base in Mytholmroyd with a donation for the team. As a mountain bike guide and instructor, Chris explained that he had recently organised a Mountain Bike Skills Course, and all the riders decided the course fee would be donated to charity and CVSRT was their chosen recipient. Chris said, “We all love riding our biking on the trails around the area, and some the routes can be quite technical. At Whoosh, I…

Keeping on the road

22 Oct 2016
One of the biggest expenditures for the team is maintaining our fleet of four vehicles so they are ready to deploy at a moments notice. Calder Mobile 1 & 4 are stationed in the centre of the Calder Valley at our main base in Mytholmroyd. Calder Mobile 3 is based at Copley in the Lower Valley and Calder Mobile 2 is based at Todmorden in the Upper Valley. These strategic locations enables us to provide a rapid emergency response anywhere within our operational area. All our vehicles have an active service life span of about 15 years (where possible). This…

Helicopter ER

16 Oct 2016
Those of you who follow the incidents we are called to are well aware of the essential service the Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides for the Yorkshire community, and in most cases they are the casualty’s only hope of reaching hospital quickly to receive the urgent medical assistance they require. This week, several CVSRT members gave up their spare time to assist Ascent Productions with filming several scenes for the new series of Helicopter ER, which follows the work of our friends at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. So far this year, CVSRT has attended 62 incidents, of which…

CVSRT & RNLI benefit from generous donation

06 Oct 2016
On Wednesday 5th October, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team members welcomed a local family to The Rescue Post, who had been in touch wishing to make a donation of £465. This generous amount was part of a £930.00 collection raised at the funeral of Michael Boyle of Elland, who sadly died on 8th September 2016, aged 73. £465 was also kindly donated to the RNLI by the family. Whilst at our base, the whole family enjoyed a light-hearted evening learning more about what we do and the essential voluntary service the team provides within the community, supporting the other…

Mountain Rescue Dolomites Rescue Race

01 Oct 2016
*** UPDATE: CVSRT Members win Bronze Medal (3rd place) in the International Category.  Well done guys. *** The spirit of adventure is strong with four CVSRT members, who flew out yesterday to northeastern Italy to join fellow Mountain Rescue volunteers from Europe and around the world. The purpose of their trip (which was funded entirely by the team members themselves), is to compete in the 6th Mountain Rescue Dolomites Rescue Race (Pieve Di Cadore, Belluno Italy), which is held this weekend (Sept 30th - 2nd October). Team members Al Day, Alistair Morris, Paul Taylor and probie member Dan Kelly, accepted…

Sir Fred Hoyle rescued by CVSRT

31 Aug 2016
To mark our 50th Anniversary, we’ve collated a selection of notable incidents from over the 50 years which have been published in a limited edition booklet. One such incident was the search and rescue of Sir Fred Hoyle on 24th November 1997, who went missing whilst out walking near his childhood home at Eldwick, Bingley. Sir Fred was a famous physicist and arguably the most important astronomer of the last century, after Albert Einstein. Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were called to assist with the search for Sir Fred who had been missing for over 10hrs. He was eventually…

Robinwood Activity Centre Charity Open Day sadly cancelled

27 Aug 2016
Today CVSRT would normally be attending and supporting the annual Robinwood Activity Centre Charity Open Day at Dobroyd Castle, Todmorden, but as some of you may be aware the event has been unfortunately cancelled due to the recent fire that has sadly caused damage leaving some of the activity areas out of action. The Robinwood Activity Centre Manager has released a statement:“The Robinwood Open Day at Dobroyd Castle on Saturday 27th August has been cancelled, due to activity building fire damage. Robinwood, Dobroyd Castle, will open for school groups from Friday 2nd Sepember 2016 as scheduled. We have, with regret,…

UPDATE FOUND: Granville Muir, 75yo from Halifax

10 Aug 2016
** UPDATE ** GRANVILLE MUIR FOUND Thankfully Granville Muir was found alive but fragile by his granddaughter on Wednesday 10th August at 7.45pm.  Here is a message of thanks from West Yorkshire Police:  West Yorkshire Police would like to thank everyone who helped in the massive police search for a Halifax grandad. Granville Muir, 75, was reported missing on Saturday morning and concerns were growing for his well-being. A massive police search was launched to try and find him involving district officers as well as specialist search and rescue resources including the mounted section, dog unit and NPAS helicopter. Partners…

CVSRT Trainees’ Weekend and Croagh Patrick Reek Sunday 2016

09 Aug 2016
Words by CVSRT Trainees 2016: Ben, Dan, Jess, Jonothan and Keith Friday 29th July 2016 We were three minutes into a ‘gentle stroll’ from our accommodation heading up to the summit of Croagh Patrick, County Mayo when CVSRT Paramedic and Recruits Training Officer Al Day asks the passing Mayo Mountain Rescue Team driver, on her way to an incident near the foot of the hill, “Calder Valley Search and Rescue – can we be of assistance?” So much for a gentle warm up to our training weekend, and mountain rescue support for Reek Sunday - the annual pilgrimage to Croagh…

£1500 donation from Rotary Club of Todmorden

03 Aug 2016
Following on from yesterday's fundraising news, we have another fantastic announcement to share. Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are very pleased to announce that we recently received a donation of £1500 from the Rotary Club of Todmorden. The cheque was presented by Ian Bantham, (Rotary Club of Todmorden President) and was gratefully received by CVSRT members Clive Green and Dave Astley. These funds will go directly towards purchasing rescue equipment and keeping the team operational. CVSRT would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

West Yorkshire Round Table Groups donate £2000

01 Aug 2016
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team would like to take this opportunity to say a quick thank you for all the support and kind donations the team has received from our community, local groups and businesses since the beginning of the our 50th Anniversary year. Over the next few weeks we will be making several announcements how these donations and funding will be used or has been spent. On this occasion, CVSRT is extremely pleased to announce we have received a donation of £2000 from Round Table Groups of Hebden Bridge, Halifax and Elland. These funds will be used to…

50th Anniversary Ale "Search & Rescue" from Vocation Brewery

14 Jul 2016
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are extremely hoppy to announce the launch of a limited production 50th Anniversary Ale, “Search & Rescue” from Vocation, the world-class brewery based in Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire. “Search & Rescue” is a pale 4.5% beer, brewed in classic Vocation style using a ‘MOUNTAIN’ of hops called MOTUEKA from New Zealand. These have a very distinctive sharp citrus tone with big aromas of pine and orange. The flavours are perfectly complemented by the right level of bitterness, layered over a slightly malty backbone - ideal after a day up ont’ hill or down int’ dale! Vocation…

Beth & Alex’s fundraising Mountain Challenge

09 Jul 2016
Quick shout out to Beth Emberton and Alex Deltenre who competed in the Saunders Mountain Marathon in the Lake District on 2nd-3rd July, to help raise funds for CVSRT. As part of the challenge, competitors must navigate between checkpoints carrying all their own equipment, including overnight camping kit and food to spend the first night wild camping, before pushing to the finish line on day two. We can announce that they both successfully completed the challenge and managed to raise £670.00 (£816.25 with Gift Aid) for the team. If you still would like to sponsor them and support the team, Beth…

Prince's Charity Event 2016

04 Jul 2016
On Saturday 25th June, team members from Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team along with fellow members from Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team hosted this year's Princes' Charity Day. 45 children and young people from WellChild - the national charity for sick children, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint and Place2Be, together with their parents and carers attended the event with everyone taking part in activities such as Off Rd driving, Zip wires, Rope swings, Water rescues, River crossings, Search Dog handling and more. Please…

Missing Person Appeal: Kizzy Whitehurst

09 Jun 2016
Missing Persons Appeal: Kizzy Whitehurst Torporley near Oulton Park Yesterday (8th June), CVSRT/SARDA Search Dog ‘Jack’ and handler Dave with navigator Gary were deployed to assist with the ongoing search for a 14yr-old teenager, Kizzy Whitehurst, who is missing from the Tarporley area near Oulton Park. Enquiries are still ongoing despite the massive efforts of multiple rescue teams and search dogs from Cheshire, Bolton, Woodhead, Staffordshire and Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service. Kizzy is described as being around 5ft 1ins tall, slim, with bob-style hair and wearing glasses. She may be wearing a pink coat and carrying a large…

Early Rescue Stretchers

31 May 2016
A dramatic photograph from the teams archive showing CVSRT member Clive Green demonstrating the NOSSAC stretcher and a Whillans harness at Heptonstall Quarry in 1974. The NOSSAC was named after Don Casson (deceased) who was a team leader in the early days. Don set up a training exercise at Blackstone Edge where he placed himself in one of the narrow "crevasse" holes at the top of the crag. He was a big bloke and the team couldn't get him out! The NOSSAC stretcher was developed to extract casualties from inaccessible places that couldn't be reached with a conventional stretcher. Sadly…

Huge thank you to all the ladies…

20 May 2016
Huge thank you to all the ladies at Mytholmroyd Marmaladies, Ladies Circle (Halifax) and Hebden Bridge Women’s Institute, who have chosen Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team as their Charity of the Year. We are extremely honoured to receive this support and look forward to fundraising together throughout the team's Golden Jubilee year. All donations are gratefully received and go directly towards our running costs and purchasing essential life-saving equipment and maintaining our vehicles, base and training team members new skills. CVSRT is entirely voluntary and it costs approximately £35,000 a year just to keep the team operational. We receive…
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