On Wednesday 22nd January at 22:17 CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of a male trapped by a snare in Ogden Clough.
West Yorkshire Police were on scene and following the arrival of CVSRT members and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), the casualty was able to be walked safely to the awaiting ambulance.
#1220 Emily Stone, Ogden Clough
22nd January 2020
MRSDE (search dog Meg)
- Date Wednesday, 22 January 2020
- Location Emily Stone, Ogden Clough
- Grid Reference SE 05295 31721
- Latitude 53.781789
- Longitude -1.9211268
- Man Hours 55.3
- Members In Attendance 25
#CALLOUT On Saturday 4th January, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) to assist with the search for a person missing on the Pennine Way between Stanbury and Hebden Bridge.
The gentleman was located by CVSRT members, treated, then assisted off the hill initially on foot then by team vehicle and transferred to a Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) ambulance.
#1217 Pennine Way, Gorple
1 Edale Mountain Rescue Team (EMRT)
3 Mountain Rescure Search Dogs England (Meg, Wynn and Jack)
National Police Air Service (NPAS)
- Date Saturday, 04 January 2020
- Location Pennine Way, Gorple
- Grid Reference SD 94932 30783
- Latitude 53.773359
- Longitude -2.0783767
- Man Hours 82.5
- Members In Attendance 31
#CALLOUT At 11:00 on 18th November Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) members and Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) dog handlers were assisting our neighbouring Mountain Rescue team, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT) and West Yorkshire Police (WYP) with the ongoing search for missing Dewsbury pensioner Mr Colin Vasey (89).
#1211 Assist HVMRT
3 Search Dogs
- Date Monday, 18 November 2019
- Location Chidswell Lane, Ossett
- Grid Reference SE 27108 22239
- Latitude 53.695894
- Longitude -1.5909248
- Man Hours 130.5
- Members In Attendance 18
The last ten days has seen CVSRT receive eight requests for assistance from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS). The first was on the evening of 13th June, just as our search dogs and handlers were meeting for one of their regular training sessions. A young man had come off his mountain bike in Hardcastle Crags and needed assistance to be evacuated to an ambulance.
The second request was on the evening of Sunday 16th June for a young male who had fallen in Judy Woods on the outskirts of Bradford. A wet, muddy and slippery stretcher carry through woodland saw him transferred into the care of a YAS crew.
Simultaneously with the second incident came a request to evacuate another young male who had fallen, in old stone quarries in the Shibden Valley near Queensbury. Some team members were diverted from the Judy Woods incident to deal with this job. After treatment by YAS paramedics and Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew he was carried by stretcher to the roadside and a waiting ambulance. Team members then left to join colleagues at Judy Woods to assist with the much longer stretcher carry taking place there.
The fourth request was on Monday 17th June to evacuate a female with a lower leg injury from a field near Todmorden. After treatment by CVSRT members she was stretchered across farmland to a waiting ambulance.
In addition to this incident Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England Search Dogs Wyn and Meg, and their handlers, assisted with the search for a missing male in Rossington, near Doncaster.
Next, on Thursday 20th June, came a request to assist a couple who, although uninjured, had become stuck while traversing steep ground between paths in Chevin Woods, Otley. Team members set up a simple rope system to help them to the safety of a path, before they continued their walk.
The following day the sixth request saw the team assist with the evacuation of a female who had been found unconscious on moorland above Walsden. YAS paramedics provided treatment for low blood sugar, and after a short while the casualty was able to walk to a waiting ambulance.
On Saturday 22nd June the team were called to incident near Esholt, to assist with the evacuation of a mountain biker who had fallen off and tumbled 15 metres down a steep slope. After treatment by YAS paramedics he was carried by stretcher to the roadside and a waiting ambulance.
And finally, yesterday, came a request to evacuate a female who had fallen off her mountain bike, sustaining an upper arm injury, on the Rochdale Canal towpath. After treatment by a CVSRT Doctor and YAS paramedics she was carried by stretcher to a nearby ambulance.
Over the same ten days period team members have also taken part in two further Search Dog training sessions (in the Calder Valley and the Yorkshire Dales),a casualty care training session organised by Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT), 4x4 and winch refresher training, a Water First Responder Course alongside members of Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and BMRT in the River Calder, provided safety cover at the Overgate Hospice Mountain Bike Challenge and the monthly equipment maintenance evening.
These incidents/activities involved 62 people and amounted to over 500 volunteer hours – a massive commitment from each and every operational member of the team and our wonderful supporters.
CVSRT is a fully voluntary organisation which is on-call to respond to those in need 24/7. The team relies entirely on donations to continue to provide essential life-saving rescue service. We receive no direct funding from local authorities or the government. You can help support the team here https://cvsrt.org.uk/support-us#donate
For full details of all incidents attended by Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team visit https://cvsrt.org.uk/incidents
In the early hours of Tuesday 2nd April Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a high risk missing person in the Bradford area.
13 CVSRT members, and Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England Meg and Wynn, deployed to plan and undertake searches within Black Carr Woods.
Thankfully, following daybreak, the missing person was located by a member of the public who escorted them to the safety of our Incident Control Vehicle. West Yorkshire Ambulance service then transferred the person to hospital for assessment.
Following stand down of the incident at 09:22hrs team members returned home or to their place of work to continue their day.
In Attendance: 13 CVSRT
2 MRSDE Search Dogs
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Total Duration: 10hrs 27mins
- Date Tuesday, 02 April 2019
- Location Black Carr Woods, Bradford
- Grid Reference SE 20738 32031
- Latitude 53.784198
- Longitude -1.6867447
- Man Hours 92.1
- Members In Attendance 13
At 18:30 on Monday 5th November, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a missing 70 year old male walker.
CVSRT members undertook an overnight search of open areas and woodland. In the early hours of Tuesday the search was enlarged to include fell parties and search dogs from eleven neighbouring Mountain Rescue Teams who were drafted in to continue the search in daylight hours.
The casualty was located at 11:45 on 6th November by HM Coastguard S92 helicopter with only minor injuries and taken to hospital for treatment.
Thank-you to all the Mountain Rescue England and Wales teams involved in assisting Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service; Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA), Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.
In Attendance: 37 CVSRT
Other : 90 Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA), Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.
West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
HM Coastguard S92 (Bristows Helicopters – Humberside)
Total Duration: 22hrs
- Date Monday, 05 November 2018
- Location Stanbury
- Grid Reference SE 00625 37081
- Latitude 53.829991
- Longitude -1.9919801
- Man Hours 473.9
- Members In Attendance 37 (+90)
CVSRT are very pleased to announce that CVSRT Chairman, David Warden and his three year old border collie ‘Wynn’, have recently been successful in the Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) Assessment, which confirms that they have achieved the required standard for operational duties.
You may remember that Wynn joined the team in 2015 as a 10 week old trainee. She is the third dog that David has trained as a mountain rescue search dog, in a process which has taken two and a half years.
The MRSDE Assessment was held at the weekend and required the pair to demonstrate their capability over three days in winter conditions in the Lake District mountains, searching for ‘missing’ volunteers (dogsbodies), during which they undertook five searches, successfully achieving five passes. In addition to being capable of operating in mountain and high moorland environments in all weather conditions, they are also trained in searching in lowland areas, including woodland, semi-rural and certain urban environments.
Search dog ‘Wynn’ now joins Search dogs ‘Meg’, ‘Jack’ and ‘Finn’ serving CVSRT across our operational area and mid-Pennines region…and beyond if required.
Search dogs have been a part of CVSRT since 1977 and we now have a team of 4 air-scenting search dogs and handlers with three trainee search dogs (Tinker, Orion and Tess). Over the years there have been 17 qualified search dogs and 11 handlers assisting the search team. The dogs are trained to 'Air Scent' so, as a general rule, they do not track the missing person, but react to wind borne human scent.
A search dog can cover large areas of ground, including difficult terrain and woodland in the search and is very sensitive to any human scent it finds. It will immediately follow a scent to its source. It will then ‘indicate’ to its handler, usually by barking, to let them know it’s made a 'find'. It is not unusual for a dog to pick up a scent from a missing person, 500metres or more away.
As part of the training process, dogsbodies are used to hone the dog’s senses. Dogsbodies are highly valued volunteers from the community who assist in the development of the search dog. They go out on the hill and hide for the dogs to find on training and assessments courses.
If you would like to know more about the CVSRT Search Dogs or think you could volunteer to be a dogsbody to assist with training > please visit their page <
To find out more about Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England please visit: Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England