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 834: Langfield Common, Todmorden.

    Tuesday, 26 August 2014

    3am Tuesday morning and CVSRT were contacted by Inspector Wainwright of Halifax Police Station regarding a missing walker.
    The walker had been reported missing by his wife when he had failed to return from a late evening walk in the area of Langfield Common. The Team responded, with dog teams and fell parties who were deployed to carry out rapid path searches of the area.
    The Team’s water section was moved by vehicle to gain access to Gaddings Dam, a local beauty spot, via moorland tracks. Their task was to search the water margins of the dam. Whilst the water team was on route they came across the missing walker on the road walking home. The walker was taken to our control location where he was treated for mild hypothermia and the effects of a fall sustained in the darkness and handed over to the Ambulance service on their arrival.
    Once all resources were safely off the hill, the team returned to vehicle bases to restock and dry kit. Read more »

  • Incident 833: Naze Road, Todmorden

    Wednesday, 13 August 2014

    CVSRT received a request from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist a crew with an injured mountain biker.
    The injured rider was approx 1\4 km from the nearset road and required carrying to the ambulance.
    On Arrival at the incident the crew had managed to resolve it themselves so the team stood down and returned to base. Read more »


  • Calendar

    Saturday, 6 September 2014

    Image: May 2015 ‘Care Amongst the Bluebells’ Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge ©

    Photograph by Hanners. Month sponsored by Springfield Camping.


    After nine months of hard work and numerous long sessions spent on location in and around the Calder Valley, the time has finally arrived to announce that our first ever CVSRT Calendar is due for release next week.

    The theme for the calendar was inspired by the Mountain Rescue motto, “Saving lives in wild and remote places…” and thankfully not by the ‘Calendar Girls’ – so therefore, we can also confirm the Team WILL be keeping their clothes on!!

    CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to thank Tony (Hanners) Hanranhan, our main photographer on this project, who volunteered his professional photography services spending many hours on location and editing. Also featured in the calendar are three photographs which are just too good to leave out. Many thanks to Hils Everitt, Joby Catto and Anne Farnell, for giving the team permission to reproduce their images.

    The result is a series of 12 stunning images encapsulating Mountain Rescue around our region. From a stretcher carry on Norland Moor, casualty care amongst the bluebells at Hardcastle Crags and a search by one of our SARDA Search dogs of a snowbound vehicle, each photo shows a glimpse of CVSRT in action in various locations and scenarios.

    We’ve also had an incredible response from local businesses, wishing to ‘sponsor a month’. This has meant that all proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go direct to the team. Our aim is raise £5000, which will go towards our ongoing fund to help replace one of our ageing emergency response vehicles.

    CVSRT Leader, Les Wilson said, “This has been a fantastic team project and the photographs look amazing. Not only does the calendar show the team and the Calder Valley in a great way, we’ve also used each photo shoot as a training session. Looking through the calendar, it’s obvious a lot of hard work has gone into this project. I’m very proud of the team and the results they’ve achieved.”

    The 2015 Calendar will be available from any team member and numerous outlets throughout the valley at the modest price of £6 (+£2 p & p – if required). We’ll keep you posted where to buy them in the coming weeks so please keep checking our social media updates.

    For those wishing to grab an early Christmas present the team will have them on sale when we are at Sainsbury’s Halifax, (Wade Street) on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September as part of the fundraising ‘Big Bike Ride’ Challenge.

    Many thanks in advance for helping us to help you

    Do you own a shop or a suitable outlet that could help sell our calendars? If so, please contact with more details of how you can help.



  • Sainsbury’s “Charity of the Year”

    Wednesday, 27 August 2014

    Pictured: CVSRT Matthew Greaves with Sainsbury’s Café Manager Helen Byrnes and Store Manager Simon Noble. 


    Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team is very proud to announce that we have been selected to be Sainsbury's Halifax ‘Charity of the Year’ and receive a year’s worth of support through fundraising and awareness. Sainsbury's ‘Local Charity’ Scheme is now in its 6th year, and has raised over £6million to support local charities since 2009.

    Halifax Store Manager, Simon Noble said: “We’ve had a great response this year from both customers and colleagues alike, who were asked to vote in-store and online for their favourite local charity. Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team proved to be the most popular and we are delighted with the final choice. For the next 12 months, we will be working closely with CVSRT to ensure that they really benefit from being our Local Charity.”

    The first fundraising event will be an epic cycle challenge called the ‘Big Bike Ride’. This will see colleagues from the Halifax store ride around the region calling at all 18 Sainsbury’s stores along the way. The whole charity cycle ride will involve approximately 650 colleagues from Inverness to Northern Ireland to Newcastle and down to Halifax and Huddersfield.

    Sainsbury's Big Bike Ride 2 starts on Saturday 13th September and will visit every store from Ripon, Wakefield, Keighley, Halifax and Huddersfield finishing at the Sainsbury’s store at the White Rose Centre on the Sunday 14th September.

    In addition to this, Halifax colleagues will be fundraising in-store all weekend with an ‘Exercise Bike Challenge’ and ‘bag packing’ to help raise even more funds for the charity. Customers will also have the opportunity to meet the Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team, who will be on-hand with plenty of Mountain Rescue goodies.

    CVSRT member Matthew Greaves said, “It is an honour to be chosen as Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year and a fantastic opportunity for the team to raise much needed funds. It costs approximately £35,000 per year just to keep the team operational, which is raised entirely by donations from the community, local businesses and numerous fundraising activities – we receive no direct government funding”.

    “Later this year, we are hoping to replace one of our ageing emergency vehicles, which will require further funding on top of our annual running costs. We are extremely grateful for all the support we’ve already received from the community and Sainsbury’s alike”.

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