15,000 hours! - CVSRT 2019 in numbers.

03 Jan 2020
15,000 hours! - Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) 2019 in numbers   Every member of CVSRT commits a large amount of time each year to train, support and provide assistance when called upon and 2019 was no exception.    87 incidents This year we attended 87 full team call outs assisting the emergency services including Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS), West Yorkshire Police (WYPS), Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA), Hazardous Area Response Tram (HART), West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (WYFR). Our busiest month for call outs was June in which we attended 15.    156 Exercises Exercises which include training…

Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial 2019

18 Sep 2019
Saturday’s Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial 2019 was a great success, raising over £900 for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. This year’s prize winners were; Men’s Winner: Martin Howard of Calder Valley Fell Runners with an impressive time of 00:06:09 - a new course record, previous record was Ted Mason 00:06:23 (2018). Martin also raised the most money – more than £100 with gift aid. Women’s Winner: Lucy Needham of Wharfedale Harriers in a time of 00:08:49. Annie Roberts of Todmorden Harriers still holds the women’s course record of 00:07:53 (2018). Junior Winner: Tom Fryers of Penistone Footpath Runners in…

Calderdale Charity Tractor Run

02 Sep 2019
WOW! £1,874.62! What a fantastic amount! Huge thanks to the Calderdale Charity Tractor Run organisers, sponsors, vehicle entrants and each and every person who came out to support the event. As a 100% voluntary charity we rely on donations from local businesses and the community to keep the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team wheels turning. So thank you for helping us help you!

Knit or Natter Running Vests

23 Aug 2019
Thanks to the talented ladies at Todmorden Health Centre Champions ‘Knit or Natter’ group who knitted these fantastic running vests for our forthcoming fundraiser the Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial 2019 (Sat 14 September). Places are still available! The vests were knitted by Pam, Joyce, Sylvia, Glenda and Deb. When not knitting running vests they knit for friends, family, and hats and blankets for the Special Care Baby Unit at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust Calderdale Royal Hospital. Every Wednesday afternoon knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, and chit chatterers meet between 1:30pm and 3:30pm at Todmorden Health Centre in the Health Promotion…

Trainees head to Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage

07 Aug 2019
During the last weekend in July Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) trainees Ed, Gareth, Isobel, Josh and Pete headed off to take part in a multi-agency operation in County Mayo, Ireland. Here's an account of their weekend..... Sat on the sofa on a lovely, snowy, Sunday morning with a cup of tea. Dog suitably tired from his walk and I’m checking my emails every five minutes. It was the day after our initial trainee assessment. I was looking for one email in particular from Les (our trainer) to see if I passed the assessment to be a trainee…

Generous Donation from De Warren Masonic Lodge

06 Aug 2019
A huge thank-you to members of De Warren Masonic Lodge, Blackwell, Halifax for their generous donation of £1000. This is the second £1000 donation they have made to Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team this year! Last night we joined members of the Lodge at their annual Blue Pig gathering where Lodge Master Peter Reeve presented a cheque to CVSRT President David Whitteron. CVSRT are extremely grateful for the donation and ongoing support from members of De Warren Masonic Lodge

CVSRT Park Run Takeover

28 Jul 2019
Yesterday Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) did a ‘takeover’ at Centre Vale parkrun #18. We provided 13 volunteers to work alongside the Centre Vale core team and make the run happen. We also served lots of lovely homemade baked goods at the finish. It wasn’t too long before the phrase ‘takeover’ had been replaced by ‘cakeover’! The aim for CVSRT was to promote our up and coming fundraiser, the Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial 2019 (YDTT) being held on 14th September. An event all about the thrill of downhill running. Each runner gets two timed runs down the 1.5km…

The White Hart Sponsored Stroll

09 Jul 2019
On the 3rd July eight staff from The White Hart, Todmorden laced up their boots and took part in a ‘Sponsored Stroll’ to raise funds for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. They set off bright and breezy in the morning and strolled from The White Hart to The Commercial in Sowerby Bridge, AND BACK! A whopping 18.4 miles in total. Back safely in Todmorden by 8pm, they raised a fantastic total of £189.00 in the process. As a self-funded voluntary organisation, CVSRT relies on the generosity and support of the community to raise the £40,000 we need to keep…

Leader's Challenge 2019

04 Jul 2019
On Tuesday 2nd July Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) members took part in the ‘Leader’s Challenge 2019’. An event organised annually by our Team Leader to test our capability across Mountain Rescue England and Wales core skills. All details were kept top secret until a week before the event. An eagerly awaited email from Team Leader Ben, confirmed the main theme for the challenge... fitness! We regularly work alongside West Yorkshire Police (WYP), Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), who have an annual (or more frequent) basic fitness test.…

CVSRT Ellie Sherwin receives Life Membership Certificate

26 Jun 2019
On Tuesday 25th June, longstanding Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) member Ellie Sherwin was presented with a Life Membership Award in recognition of her service to the team. Ellie is stepping down from active duty and moving away from the Calder Valley to Pembrokeshire. Ellie has been a dedicated Mountain Rescue England and Wales member, with over 30 years of service. During this time Ellie has been a stalwart of the CVSRT, attending callouts and also taking on a variety of roles, including team secretary. She even met her husband, Chris, in the team! David Warden, CVSRT Chairman,…

A busy ten days in June

24 Jun 2019
The last ten days has seen CVSRT receive eight requests for assistance from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS). The first was on the evening of 13th June, just as our search dogs and handlers were meeting for one of their regular training sessions. A young man had come off his mountain bike in Hardcastle Crags and needed assistance to be evacuated to an ambulance. The second request was on the evening of Sunday 16th June for a young male who had fallen in Judy Woods on the outskirts of Bradford. A wet, muddy and slippery stretcher carry through woodland saw him…

National Volunteers Week 2019

04 Jun 2019
This week is National Volunteers’ Week, a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contributions millions of volunteers make every single day across the UK. The estimated annual value of volunteers helping UK charities is a massive £22.6bn! Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team is an entirely volunteer organisation that wouldn’t exist without its’ volunteers. Whether they are operational team members, trainees, active supporters, dogsbodies or training casualties, they all give their time for free. This allows us to support the emergency services and provide a life-saving emergency response to the community. By volunteering, or supporting friends…

Mayor's Charity Donation

21 May 2019
Councillor Andy Hollis, the outgoing Mayor of #Todmorden, visited The Rescue Post on Tuesday 21st May. He enjoyed a guided tour of the base and demonstration of equipment, before presenting the team with two donation cheques. His Mayoral Charity for 2018-2019 was Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team and over the last year he has hosted several events. The highlights have been Jazzical, a classical/jazz concert and hosting Integrate, a local organisation seeking to bring communities together, for elevenses. Twelve people were expected but around 60 turned up of all ages and ethnicities, accompanied by a photography team from the…

Joint exercise with Yorkshire Air Ambulance

16 May 2019
On Monday Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team took part in a whole day training exercise with Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The training introduced five new recruit air crew paramedics to: working in a remote environment, recognising when assistance from a Mountain Rescue England and Wales Team is needed and the capabilities we offer. The training also gave us invaluable practise working around the aircraft - identifying a safe landing site, providing on-ground landing assistance and loading of a casualty. The training scenario involved a runner who had fallen into a quarry. Three YAA paramedics were first on scene to provide…

Spring Core Skills Training Day

28 Mar 2019
Last Saturday Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team held a ‘Core Skills Training Day’ at Blakedean Scout Hostel. Traditionally these have been an annual event, though we plan to have another this autumn, to supplement the weekly requirement for specialist training. Whilst we are volunteers, all team members are highly trained to guidelines set by Mountain Rescue England & Wales. At the heart of these guidelines is a set of 10 core skills needed to operate safely as an effective emergency response, which each team member must demonstrate their capability each year. The day was split into three sessions. The…

Finn did well

08 Mar 2019
Yesterday saw the start of Cruft’s and a time of year when dogs of all shapes, sizes and uses hit our screens. For CVSRT, and many other Lowland Rescue and Mountain Rescue England and Wales teams, dogs trained as Search Dogs provide invaluable additional support year round. Since the late 1980’s, CVSRT has been fortunate to benefit from a total of 16 dogs belonging to team members, and our four-legged friends have assisted with many missing person searches. One of those 16 dogs is Finn, a handsome Smooth Collie dog, who sadly passed away after a short illness in February.…

Generous donation from De Warren Masonic Lodge

08 Mar 2019
On Monday 4th of March CVSRT received a generous donation of £1000 from members of De Warren Masonic Lodge, Blackwall, Halifax. Representatives of the Lodge visited the Rescue Post for an update on CVSRT news followed by a demonstration of the capability of our new Incident Control Vehicle, Calder Mobile 4 (CM4). The Master, Peter Reeve, then presented a cheque to CVSRT Chairman David Warden. CVSRT are extremely grateful for this funding which will be used to purchase additional IT equipment for, and undertake minor adaptations to, CM4.

The Big Spring Clean

03 Mar 2019
Yesterday, in support of Calderdale Councils annual Big Spring Clean, CVSRT members and supporters took part in the clean-up of an illegal fly-tipping hotspot. The site, across the River Calder from ROKT and clearly visible from Brighouse town centre, has long been a blight on the local landscape. Technical rope and water safety skills were used to protect team members as they cleared a steep area above the river of an array of fly-tipped items ranging from settees to gnomes! Four hours and three full wagons of cleared material later, the site was transformed back to its natural litter free…

CVSRT Long Service Awards go to three of our finest

03 Mar 2019
On Tuesday 26th February, CVSRT members Clive Green, Wayne Ogden and Martin Woodhead were presented with Long Service Awards by West Yorkshire Police Calderdale District Commander, Chief Superintendent Whitehead. The awards were recognition for three stalwarts of the team who are always there helping to provide stability and continuity. It’s to their credit that after decades of service they are all still active, attend callouts and continue to make a positive contribution to the team. All three are excellent ambassadors for the team and the wider Mountain Rescue family. Chief Superintendent Whitehead said “I am truly inspired by the recipients…

Casualty 'packaging' - Core skills training

06 Feb 2019
Training in the core skills required to be a full hillgoing CVSRT mountain rescue team member is an ongoing commitment. Each team member must demonstrate they can meet the requirements on an annual cycle. Our twice-monthly training sessions focus on learning and practicing these skills. Last night CVSRT held a training session at Halifax Fire Station (the base for CM4 our Incident Control Vehicle) to practice casualty ‘packaging’. This core skill is ‘bread and butter’ for the team - almost all callouts involve some element of casualty handling, packaging and evacuation by stretcher. Team members visited eight ‘round-robin’ stations designed…

How to remain safe whilst out and about in the countryside

03 Feb 2019
Plan your day/route taking into consideration a reliable weather forecast. Let someone know where you’re going and when to expect you back. Make sure you start your trip early enough in the day and be aware of what time it gets dark. Headtorch, handheld torch and spare batteries are essential or take a second torch so you don’t have to change batteries in the dark. Carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Don’t rely on your smartphone for navigation!Using GPS and Apps will drain your phone batteries quickly leaving you without a…

They did it! 2018-19 'Probies' final assessment

02 Feb 2019
On Friday 25th January we reported to the Rescue Post at 1830. The next 20 hours were to be the culmination of the past year of training, and our past six months on the call out list. In total we’d accrued 472 hours of training, 718 hours attending events and 200 hours attending callouts – the equivalent of six 37 hour working weeks each. To secure our place on the training programme we’d already faced a three step selection process which included a hill assessment, and a trip to Croagh Patrick to demonstrate we were ready to respond to callouts…

CVSRT Trainees 2019-20

30 Jan 2019
There’s no denying that Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team wouldn’t exist without volunteers and during last year we received 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 Alistair, Ed (not pictured), Gareth, Isobel, Josh, Mark and Peter as our new trainees for 2019-20. We wish you every success on your mountain rescue journey. On…

£60,000 cheque helps fund new CVSRT Incident Control Vehicle

30 Jan 2019
Thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation for Calderdale, Calder valley Search and Rescue Team have a brand new state-of-the-art Incident Control Vehicle, affectionately known as ‘Calder Mobile 4’. In 2016, CVSRT recognised the need to replace our existing Incident Control Vehicle as it neared the end of its active service lifespan. As part of our efforts to raise the funds we expected to spend on a new vehicle, an application was made to CFFC for a grant towards the cost. To our delight and surprise we were awarded the huge sum of £60,000! After spending some time evaluating…

Trainee Selection 2019

20 Jan 2019
On Saturday 19th January, 12 candidates arrived at The Rescue Post for a challenging day on the hill in the hope of gaining a place on this year's CVSRT Trainee Programme. The weather forecast was very grim with a covering of snow on higher ground and low cloud cover, poor visibility and occasional rain making conditions underfoot difficult at times, but perfect for testing the candidate’s navigation and hill skills. The day started with a personal hill kit check to make sure they were all suitably equipped for a full day on the hill. Following this was a quick ascent…
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