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 885: Hardcastle Crags

    Wednesday, 29 July 2015

    At 2pm, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were alerted to an incident at Hardcastle Crags involving a lady who had slipped whilst walking near Gibson Mill, sustaining a lower leg injury.
    Thirteen team members were deployed to assist the ambulance crew.
    Once on-scene, the casualty was quickly loaded onto the Bell stretcher and carried through the woodland to the waiting ambulance for further treatment.
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  • Incident 884: Cow and Calf, Ilkley

    Thursday, 23 July 2015

    Early afternoon and Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were called along with Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA) to assist West Yorkshire Police in the search for a vulnerable missing male at the Cow and Calf, Ilkley.
    Sixteen team members and 3 search dogs were quickly deployed and shortly afterwards the missing male was located.
    He was treated by MR medics for an ongoing medical condtion and then transferred to an Ambulance for onward transport and treatment in Hospital.
    Incident Report:…/search-missing-high-risk-male…
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  • Kilimanjaro Challenge

    Thursday, 30 July 2015

    CVSRT Drew Whitworth 01

    (Pictured left to right - Drew meets CVSRT President Bob Uttley and Team Chariman Pete Farnell)


    Drew Whitworth, who lives in Hebden Bridge, recently contacted the team to say he had a great idea to help raise funds for Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team. Obviously we were intrigued to find out more!! 

    On the 28th July, his epic journey began to climb Kilimanjaro - the highest mountain in Africa (19,340ft/5,895m) and he expects to reach the summit on 2nd August. He also hopes to raise £1500 from the challenge, which will be donated to CVSRT. 

    Drew said, “Having spent a considerable amount of time walking in remote places, I’m well aware that being prepared with the right skills and suitable equipment is key to remaining safe. That said, if I needed urgent medical assistance whilst out and about, it’s reassuring to know that voluntary teams like Calder Valley Search and Rescue are there to help”.

    In addition to the Kilimanjaro challenge, Drew’s local pub, The Railway(New Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AD) is holding a ‘Welcome Home’ fundraising day on Sunday 9th August with various fun activities and a raffle to help raise more funds for CVSRT.

    Pete Farnell, CVSRT Chairman said, “It was great to meet Drew recently when he visited the base to tell us about his challenge. The team are extremely grateful and wish him well with the trek and the fundraising day at The Railway pub.” 

    The money raised will go directly towards helping replace our ageing Land Rover Defender 110 (Calder Mobile 3). The new vehicle will hopefully be operational by the end of 2015 and cost in the region of £40,000 to purchase and will be specially modified for Mountain Rescue service.”

    Support Drew via his fundraising page:

    Follow his adventures here:

    Do you have an idea to raise funds for CVSRT? Let us know and we will help to promote your event or challenge. Many thanks.

  • 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:

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