29 May 2022
On Friday 20th May 2022 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) took part in a full day training exercise with Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).    This day forms part of an intensive four-week training programme for seven experienced Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) paramedics as they are introduced to their new role working on the Air Ambulance.    The days training introduced the paramedics to working in a remote environment, recognising when assistance from a Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) team is needed with a demonstration of the capabilities we offer.  It also gave CVSRT invaluable practice working around…


28 Apr 2022
The funeral of Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley M.B.E, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) Lifetime Vice President, was held at St. Mary's Church, Todmorden, on Monday 25th April. It was a fitting ceremony for someone who made such an impact to the local community.    It was a privilege that team members of CVSRT were able to act as pallbearers and provide a guard of honour at the church.    Thank you to everyone who paid their respects to Bob both online and in person and a huge thank you from CVSRT for all of the donations received throughout…

Mr Robert Uttley MBE

22 Apr 2022
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) tribute - Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley M.B.E, CVSRT Lifetime Vice President, 20th November 1933 to 27th March 2022 Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley M.B.E, CVSRT Lifetime Vice President, sadly passed away on Sunday 27th March 2022, our thoughts are with Bob’s family, daughter Andrea and friends. In a celebration of his life, we would like to share some memories of Bob who will be remembered for being an inspiration to others, a true gentleman and someone who was dedicated to everything he was passionate about. Bob’s career saw him spend many years as a chartered accountant and…

#Calderdale Hike

15 Apr 2022
#Calderdale Hike   Saturday 9th April saw the return of the Calderdale Hike, organised by the 24th St Paul’s Scout Group, following a break since 2019 due to COVID-19.   Nearly 300 runners and walkers tackled this years course that contained a short (15.4 mile), medium (25.7 mile), and long (36.9 mile) option.   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) joined the entrants with the early alarm call as we supported preparations providing a kit check for all entrants during registration.  This covered basic equipment which is essential when venturing out on the hills to help keep you safe. …


09 Apr 2022
#SowoodWI   We are pleased to share that the Sowood WI has chosen Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) to be their charity of the year.   Sowood WI was formed in October 2014 and has gone on to be one of the largest in the West Yorkshire Federation. They are like minded ladies of all ages, who get together for fun, friendship and learning through a wide variety of group activities, outings and events.  The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) was their chosen charity last year and they raised an amazing £13,000.  To find out more please visit their…

#Walk The Line

04 Apr 2022
#Walk The Line   Over the weekend of March 26th & 27th members from Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) Joined Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) to support Walk The Line 2022.   Walk the Line is a fund-raising event for DWMRT which started mid-afternoon of the 26th March and ran in to the night.     The event consisted of two route options: a 22Km and a shorter 11km loop. Both loops were waymarked and had the option of being fully guided by Rescue Team members.   Both routes were excellent and gave all participants the opportunity…

Welcome to the team

30 Mar 2022
#Welcome to the team   Please join us in welcoming to Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) trainee search dog Holly.    Holly is a beautiful 2-year-old Border Collie, currently at stage two of a three stage training and assessment programme with Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) to become a fully operational search dog.   Holly joins us with her handler Al Pepper.  Al has recently transferred from a neighbouring team and brings with him over eight years of Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) experience.   Al has joined us on several recent training evenings and is…


29 Mar 2022
#Congratulations   Congratulations to Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) and Calder Valley Search and Rescue (CVSRT) members Search Dog Rolf and Handler Steve Garafalo who, over this weekend, passed their final assessment to become operational.   It takes years of hard work, training and plenty of treats to get to the level required to pass the final assessment, which covered five separate areas over three days in the Brecon Beacons.   A huge well done from everyone at CVSRT and we will see you on the hill soon.


22 Mar 2022
#Support   With the last event being held in 2019 the Heptonstall Fell Race returned in 2022.     On Sunday 20th March over 250 runners took to the start line to attempt the 25km route in excellent weather conditions. Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) provided safety cover throughout the day with, thankfully, no major incidents for the team to assist with.    #Heptonstall Fell Race 10:30 Sun 20th Mar 2022 Duration 10 hrs In attendance 10 CVSRT


08 Mar 2022
#Auction    Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) have been generously donated a signed print created by renowned artist Peter Brook.  The print, titled ’Search and Rescue’ captures a CVSRT exercise near Withens Clough reservoir at Cragg Vale.     The print is scheduled to go up for auction on Friday 11th March at KLM Auctioneers with all proceeds going towards the team.   The auction will start at 10:00 and the print is lot 221. Please see the link below which takes you to the print and also allows registration to bid.   Good luck…


07 Mar 2022
#Thankyou   On Saturday 26th February 2022 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) were honoured to welcome the family of Ian Holdsworth to our base in Mytholmroyd. Following the involvement of CVSRT with a callout last year the family and friends of Ian have raised a fantastic £1,869 for CVSRT.  It was great to meet everyone, especially the Springers!   A huge thank you to everyone from CVSRT for the donation.   A similar amount has also been donated to Andy’s Man Club who are a Men’s Mental Health Charity, offering free-to-attend talking groups for men and challenging the…

2021 Looking Back

03 Jan 2022
#2021 Looking Back   As we welcome in the New Year this post takes a moment to look back at 2021 and the efforts of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT), their members and their supporters throughout the year.   103 Callouts Assisting the statutory emergency services when our assistance is required is the reason CVSRT exists. Following on from 2020 which was one of the busiest years with 96 full team callouts in total, 2021 was even more so with 103 callouts throughout the year. This equates to almost 2 callouts per week.    Search Dogs In addition…

Christmas Wishes

24 Dec 2021
Christmas Wishes    __________ Christmas Collection During the run up to Christmas CVSRT were able to return to tradition and spend the Saturday before Christmas out in Halifax and Keighley Town Centres. As with every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of all the shoppers we meet and this year you donated an incredible £3247.36  Our Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) operational and trainee search dogs would also like to say thank you for the fuss and especially the treats.    __________ Christmas Tree Decorating Earlier in December a small number of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team…

Thank You

29 Nov 2021
#Thank You   It has been a busy year for the team with 101 callouts so far in 2021.  The support we receive from the community and local businesses is invaluable to allow us to remain operational and the messages of thanks and donations received are always gratefully accepted.  Whilst there are too many people and businesses to list, we would like highlight a few who have shown their generosity over recent months.   Mytholmroyd Post Office Thank you to Jo and Janet at our local Post Office branch in Mytholmroyd.  They have been selling facemasks at their branch and donating proceeds…

The Great Outdoors Reader Awards 2021

11 Nov 2021
#The Great Outdoors Reader Awards 2021   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) are up for an award!   We have been shortlisted for the ‘Extra Mile award’ that recognises outstanding voluntary efforts helping to make a difference to our experience in the outdoors.   Voting is online and can be completed here -   It would be great to spread the word and get as many people voting as possible. While we would love that vote to be for CVSRT, there are so many worthy contenders in our category it will not be an easy choice.  To…

Busy Week

27 Oct 2021
#CALLOUT   Last week Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) continued to be busy receiving 6 requests for Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) assistance from the statutory emergency services.    __________   At 14:40 on Monday 18th October 2021 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of a male who had slipped whilst out walking in Stanbury, suffering a lower leg injury.    CVSRT were first on scene and provided initial medical care and pain relief.  The injured ankle was placed into a protective box…

#Health and Wellbeing

26 Oct 2021
#Health and Wellbeing   Most of us are aware of the part physical health plays in our overall wellbeing, however, our mental health is equally important and sadly something that is often overlooked.   1 in 4 people suffer with mental health issues in the UK, which means in a group of 20 friends, 5 of them are potentially struggling with their mental health.    Male suicides have consistently accounted for approximately three-quarters of all suicides in the UK since the mid-1990s.  On average one man every 2 hours takes his life in the UK and It’s often said a factor…

We need your help…. Again!

24 Oct 2021
We need your help…. Again!   Following the fantastic response we received recently supporting the clean-up at our base in Mytholmroyd, we would like to call on our community for a little more help. This time we are looking for support in finding a home for some specialist team equipment.  Please see below the message from our water rescue team.   __________   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) provides Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) capabilities in support of the statutory emergency services throughout the northern half of West Yorkshire.  However, given our position in the South Pennines…


25 Sep 2021
#calderdale-way-relay   This Sunday, 26th September, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) will be joining up to 100 other teams in running the 2021 Calderdale Way Relay (CWR).   The event, back after being cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will see teams split into pairs to take on six legs of off-road trails covering a total of 50 miles (80KM) around Calderdale.   This year’s event is being held in honour of John Keighley, without whom, there would be no CWR.  John sadly passed away shortly after the running of the 2019 event.   Whilst some…


09 Sep 2021
#999Day Today marks the official #emergencyservicesday A special day to thank all of the incredible people who work in the emergency services. Approximately 2 million people work and volunteer across the emergency services. Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) work extensively with our local emergency services and witness first hand the amazing work they do. Thank you Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust West Yorkshire Police West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Yorkshire Air Ambulance National Police Air Service HQ #999day #Mountainrescue

#Callouts 2021

15 Aug 2021
#Callouts 2021   It has been another busy year for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) with 72 callouts so far in 2021.   While we like to share our involvement when supporting the statutory emergency services, in particular West Yorkshire Police (WYP) and Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS), there are occasions where, due the sensitivity of the incident, we feel it is better not to share to on our social media pages.    As such it may have seemed CVSRT have been less busy recently. We are indeed as busy as ever and as always we are on call…

Team Training

14 Aug 2021
Team Training   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) were in Heptonstall on Tuesday evening for some group training, only the 2nd full team training session held since the start of the pandemic.  The training covered casualty immobilisation and packaging when dealing with potential neck, back, hip and upper leg injuries.     Joining the team throughout the evening was MP for Halifax, Holly Lynch.  Holly has agreed to represent Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) at a national level, in Parliament, and re-establish the All Party Parliamentary Group.   As always a big thank you to our support…

New Recruits

04 Aug 2021
New Recruits   All new aspirant Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) candidates are required to go through our three-stage selection process.  This includes submitting an initial application form, attending an open evening and finally a 10 hour long hill skills assessment. This is designed to check applicants suitability to progress onto our training programme.   It is with great pleasure that we welcome Nathan (a returning team member), Stuart, Luke, Rob and John as our trainees for 2021-22.  Welcome to the team and we wish you every success on your Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) journey.    …

Thank You Damian and Skye

02 Aug 2021
Thank You Damian and Skye   Following many years service, last week saw Damian and Skye complete their last day with Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales).    Over the last 4 years they worked as a qualified trailing dog team with over 100 callouts covering large parts of the Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) area.    Thank you from all at Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) for your invaluable service over the years and we wish you well for the future.

Community Support

18 Jul 2021
Community Support   CVSRT are delighted to have been chosen by this year’s captains at Bradley Hall Golf Club as their charity of the year.    The club’s first fundraising event for the team held on the 2nd July 2021 was a 9-hole competition, with each hole featuring food and drink from different countries.    All those in attendance took the opportunity to sample the delights of food from countries including Mexico and Jamaica, and also had the opportunity to meet two grateful club members who had been rescued by the team in the last 18 months.   Thank you…
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