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 863: Wetherby

    Friday, 20 February 2015

    West Yorkshire Police paged the team seeking help in the search for a missing female in the Wetherby area.
    Three CVSRT Search Managers headed to meet the Police Search Advisor responsible for the search to identify and set out potential search areas as well as getting as much information about the missing lady as possible.
    Members and Search Dogs from CVSRT then headed to Wetherby Police station to set up a base for the search, as a large number of areas were identified help from Scarborough + Ryedale MRT was also requested as well as a further Search Dog from Swaledale MRT.
    Team members searched woodland areas and river margins to try and locate the missing person, after several hours of searching all the identified areas had been covered with no success.
    Mountain Rescue personel then stood down and returned home leaving the Police to continue their enquiries.
    You can find the missing person appeal here and we ask that if you able to help the Police with their enquiries you can find contact details at the bottom of the link. Read more »

  • Incident 862: Hardcastle Crags, Hebden

    Saturday, 14 February 2015

    CVSRT was contacted by the Ambulance Service concerning a patient who had fallen somewhere on one of the tracks high up in Hardcastle Crags.
    With the exact location and injuries of the casualty being unknown a callout was initiated and the team set off in the direction of the crags.
    Whilst responding, a local team member located the casualty and informed the leaders that the casualty had only sustained minor injuries and with his assistance would be able to walk down to the carpark where transport to hospital was waiting.
    The team then stood down and members returned to base and home. Read more »


  • Welcome to the Team

    Thursday, 5 March 2015

    CVSRT welcomes its newest members.



    Pictured from left to right: Sophie, Rachael, Bob, Will and Richard.


    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 like to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Bob, Rachael, Richard, Sophie & Will, welcome to the team guys and we wish you all the best in your Mountain Rescue career.

  • Water Awareness Training

    Friday, 23 January 2015
    Even in the depths of winter, CVSRT are out and about training and developing new skills as we never know when our services will be required to rescue someone in wild and remote places.

    Last weekend was no different with several CVSRT members heading down to the river at Hardcastle Crags to attend a Water Awareness Training Session [Module 1], delivered by our qualified Swiftwater Rescue & Flood Technicians inline with the national MREW guidelines.

    Once briefed and fully kitted up with the necessary protective equipment for the wintery conditions, the team members entered the water. The group experienced several training exercises including; self-rescue in the event of accidental immersion, identifying rescue opportunities and hazards to look out for during a search and rescue near water and practised throw-line techniques.

    Despite the wintery conditions, the session proved extremely valuable and members gained a healthy respect for the water and search & rescue protocol.

In an emergency...

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

Be ready to give details of your location, number of casualties, any injuries and your telephone number.

Keep the telephone free - we will want to contact you

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