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.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Saturday evening CVSRT were contacted by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a trials bike rider who had suffered a back injury whilst riding in rough quarried land near to Silsden.
With two team members just 10 minutes away at the time they were on scene very quickly, followed shortly by 3 team vehicles and 10 further personel.
In conjunction with the paramedic on scene the casualty was treated for a lower back injury. He was lifted onto our stretcher with a scoop and vac mat and carried to the ambulance where he was then taken to hospital. Read more »
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Yorkshire Ambulance Service paged the team to assist with the treatment and extrication of an elderly male who had fallen whilst trimming trees.
The patient had landed in an awkward position between a tree and stone wall and was proving difficult for the paramedics on scene to release.
CVSRT members worked alongside Paramedics from Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to lift the patient out of his predicament, load him onto a stretcher and carry him to the waiting Air Ambulance for transport to hospital. Read more »
Sunday, 20 April 2014
It was a case of double delight for members of the team as we were commended and given a cheque by the West Yorkshire Police.
Pictured left to right - Team members John, Ann, Pete, Les & Bryan attended the annual Calderdale Police Awards to accept the District Commander’s Commendation for the life-saving voluntary work carried out during last year’s snow storms.
And, just as important for the teams’ volunteers the police presented team members with a cheque for £2,000 which will help significantly with the annual £35,000 running costs.
Team leader Les Wilson said: “The award makes us feel very proud indeed.
“We’re a team of 46 volunteers so every time we go out on any type of job everyone’s giving up their time for free. Quite often we have got up in the middle of the night or have just rushed in from work. So to get an award for our efforts makes us really proud”.
“The recognition is more valuable than anything, but as a completely unfunded organisation, a £2,000 cheque is a massive thing for us.”
Speaking at the awards ceremony, held at The Shay, Calderdale District Superintendent Owen West said: “In March of last year the team saw, even for them, unprecedented demand in relation to the heavy snow fall. In a five day period the team mobilised and dealt with all manner of critical incidents and played a significant part in the air lifting of a casualty by RAF helicopter.”
Friday, 7 February 2014
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are currently seeking to enlist the help of more 'active' supporters to assist the team.
We are looking for people who have some time to spare to provide active support to the team with the various demands including: fundraising, maintenance, assisting with training
and general practical support - people who can be our ambassadors at the many local community events we are requested to attend and support each year.
If you are interested and think this may be for you, please visit our supporters page and get in touch. We are organising an open evening soon and thereafter training sessions in the very near future.
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