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 874: Apperley Bridge, Bradford

    Thursday, 11 June 2015

    CVSRT’s assistance was requested mid morning by a Yorkshire Ambulance crew whose patient was in a difficult location.
    A female cyclist out on a ride with her family had taken a fall from a canal towpath, approx. half a mile from the nearest access point, ending up at the bottom of an embankment.
    The patient suffered facial injuries and possible spinal damage as a result of her fall. The attending Paramedics dealt with the medical treatment including placing the patient on a spinal board, immobilising her, and preventing any further injury.
    Along with members of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service who had also been despatched, we then lifted the patient on the board back up to the towpath and onto a barge which had stopped to offer assistance.
    The lady then had a very smooth ride along the canal to a point where the Ambulance could be brought onto the towpath. Once there CVSRT members lifted the casualty off the boat and into the Ambulance for further treatment and transport to hospital.
    CVSRT would like to wish our patient best wishes for a speedy recovery. Read more »

  • Incident 873: Ogden Water, Halifax

    Monday, 8 June 2015

    At 08:00 in the morning CVSRT were jointly contacted by West Yorkshire Police and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist in the search and recovery of a distressed person on the moors above Ogden Water.
    The casualty had slipped down a clough coming to rest in the stream below, sustaining a minor head injury and mild hypothermia.
    As part of the search, a police helicopter from NPAS (Barton) was tasked to fly over the moorland area to locate the casualty. NPAS Barton located the casualty and directed the attending paramedics to his location where they were able to treat him for his injuries.
    With a long and difficult carry out ahead of them, Paramedics on scene requested the assistance of CVSRT.
    18 team members and our three 4x4 vehicles responded to Ogden Water to assist with the extraction. All our vehicles were able to drive onto the moor to the casualty site, the patient was then loaded onto a Bell stretcher, placed into the back of a team Land Rover and driven down to the car park where the Ambulance was waiting. Read more »


  • Dementia Friendly

    Monday, 18 May 2015

    On Saturday May 9th, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team members were at the official launch of 'Dementia Friendly Todmorden'.


    The group, which aims to provide help for those who have been diagnosed with the condition and their families, hosted a special event at Todmorden Town Hall with a range of exhibitors on-hand to answer questions and provide helpful advice.


    Top QC Cherie Blair CBE, was one of the guest speakers. Cherie's father (and actor) Tony Booth, lives in Todmorden with his wife Steph, and has the condition. Other speakers included Mark Burns-Williamson, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner West Yorkshire and Geoff Shaw (MInstLM), West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.


    To find our more about Dementia Friendly Todmorden, please visit:

  • 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.

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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