Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team is a charity providing a life saving emergency service to the people of the Calder Valley and beyond. The Team attends an average of 60+ callouts each year and is staffed entirely by 50 unpaid volunteers. It costs around £35,000 a year to keep the team operational, all of which is raised through donations - we receive no direct government funding.

The area in which we operate encompasses the northern half of West Yorkshire. Our main base is in Mytholmroyd, in the centre of the Calder Valley.  We also have vehicle response posts at Copley in the Lower Valley, and Todmorden in the Upper Valley.

Latest News


  • Incident 826: Earl Crag, Cowling, Keighley

    Sunday, 20 July 2014

    At 11:45hrs on Sunday, Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) requested the team assist with the evacuation of an injured male who had fallen, whilst climbing, at Earl Crag above Cowling, Keighley.
    The 54 year old male was bouldering on the crag and had landed awkwardly resulting in an open fracture to his lower leg. 24 team members responded to the scene to assist the stricken climber.
    Working alongside paramedics from YAS and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, once the patient’s pain was under control, team members evacuated him on a mountain rescue stretcher to the waiting helicopter which had landed at the top of the crag.
    The helicopter then transported the casualty to the nearest road where more team members assisted in transferring him to a waiting road ambulance. Read more »

  • Incident 825: Gledow How Valley, Leeds

    Friday, 18 July 2014

    Request from the West Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a vulnerable misper from the Gledhow area of Leeds.
    The team searched various areas of woodland and parkland, unfortunately the missing person was not located and enquiries are still ongoing. Read more »


  • Tyre Clean Up

    Friday, 27 June 2014

    Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team have once again been working hard on behalf of other agencies to clean up some of our beautiful countryside.

    Yorkshire Water and Calderdale Council requested our assistance and technical expertise to remove an illegal deposit of tyres and other rubbish, which had been tipped and were blighting our moorland.

    Initial estimates of 80 to 100 tyres were soon surpassed as the team set to work. An eventual haul of over 200 tyres and a van full of other debris was soon retrieved. It was a filthy job, with the dreaded midge ever present but the final result was worth the effort. If only such work was not necessary.

    With the Calder Valley increasingly becoming a popular venue for TV and film makers and the pending high profile visit of the Tour De France, the team takes pride in contributing towards the maintenance of our unique environment.

    This event was a continuation of our support of Calderdale Councils ‘Big Clean’ initiative.

  • El Gato Negro

    Thursday, 26 June 2014

    Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team is absolutely delighted to announce the launch of a new fundraising campaign by the award winning Spanish Tapas restaurant, El Gato Negro Tapas based in Ripponden. The initiative aims to raise awareness and much needed funding for the team.

    The campaign, which launched this week encourages an optional donation from all diners and will help the team to continue to provide the essential life-saving emergency services to the local community and visitors whilst out and about in our operational area.

    Headed up by chef and proprietor Simon Shaw, El Gato Negro is an award-winning tapas restaurant in the beautiful village of Ripponden in West Yorkshire which serves a stunning selection of seasonally-inspired dishes influenced by the very best of modern Spanish cuisine and traditional techniques.

    El Gato Negro opened in 2005 with the aim of bringing some of the magic of modern Spanish cooking to Yorkshire. The restaurant has won numerous awards including the prestigious Bib Gourmand recognised in the Michelin Guide in 2014.

    CVRST Team Leader, Les Wilson said ‘We are extremely grateful to Simon Shaw and the El Gato Negro team, for developing this initiative which will not only raise awareness for the teams work within the area, but also to their customers, many of whom we know, whose generosity will help to make this a huge success.’

    Simon added, ‘When I realised the real extent of the valuable work that CVRST carry out and that it is all completely voluntary, I felt that it was a truly worthwhile cause which deserved to be fully supported in whichever way we can. I hope that our customers will feel similarly and support us in this initiative.’

    He continued ‘Many people think that the team only supports hill walkers, mountain bikers and fell runners, of which there are many in this area, however it also provides a valuable resource to all the emergency services – CVSRT is highly trained in all aspects of search and rescue in wild and remote places.

    It’s worth remembering the search team will play a key support role during the Tour de France Grand Départ that passes through Yorkshire …(and Ripponden) on July 6th’.

    To find out more about El Gato Negro visit:
    To book a table call the restaurant on 01422 823 070.

    If you would like to support CVSRT in a similar way, please contact

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Dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Police, then Mountain Rescue.

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