During these unprecedented times Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) are committed to looking out for the safety and wellbeing of all of our volunteers whilst maintaining the ability to remain operational and take care of the safety and wellbeing of all casualties in need of our help.
To support this we have been in regular contact with our Mountain Rescue partners and have been following all recommended guidance over the last few weeks and will continue to do so as the situation develops.
For further information please see the Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) response to the Coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak, released on 22nd March 2020, below;
Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) is following the national health protection advice and applying it to its situation - just like everyone else should be doing at this critical time.
A lot of MR volunteers have day jobs that will be important in the coming weeks and months - paramedics, NHS staff etc - so we need to enable them to stay well and focus on that work. And we need the public’s help to make this possible.
Please avoid all but essential travel and do not to take any
unnecessary risks. If you are going to go out, you should walk, climb or cycle well within your capabilities so that you can keep yourself safe and not need us.
If you need MR assistance but suspect you may have Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who has it then please, tell the Police this information as soon as you can when calling 999 for help.
“For nearly 90 years, Mountain Rescue has been there to help anyone, free of charge, who gets into difficulty in the outdoors,” said Mike France of MREW. “Our volunteers want to continue to provide this support to the emergency services but that means they need to stay well themselves. We are calling on the public to give us our best chance to do this.”
#CALLOUT On Saturday 14th March at 13:14 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of a female who had suffered a lower leg injury while out walking in Hardcastle Crags.
CVSRT members were first on scene assessing the casualties injuries, providing pain relief and placing the injured ankle in a splint.
The casualty was then moved, by both stretcher and team vehicle, to the main car park and transferred to a YAS ambulance upon arrival .
#1229 Hardcastle Crags
14th March 2020
- Date Saturday, 14 March 2020
- Location Hardcastle Crags
- Grid Reference SD 97811 29241
- Latitude 53.759518
- Longitude -2.0346862
- Man Hours 67.9
- Members In Attendance 19
- Date Friday, 14 February 2020
- Location Dick Lane, Cowling
- Grid Reference SD 98037 43074
- Latitude 53.883852
- Longitude -2.0313402
- Man Hours 71.5
- Members In Attendance 17
- Date Saturday, 01 February 2020
- Location High Brown Knoll
- Grid Reference SE 00977 30374
- Latitude 53.769710
- Longitude -1.9866532
- Man Hours 69.4
- Members In Attendance 22
On Thursday 23rd January at 13:33 we received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of a male experiencing chest pains near Moor Lane, Burley In Wharfedale.
Due to the location of the casualty and the urgency of the request, CVSRT reached out to our neighbouring team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA), for additional assistance.
YAS were on scene providing medical assistance and UFFRA provided on site co-ordination of the evacuation to the awaiting ambulance.
Thank you to UWFRA for their support, rapid response and co-ordination on site.
#1221 Moor Lane, Burley In Wharfedale
23rd January 2020
- Date Thursday, 23 January 2020
- Location Moor Lane, Burley In Wharfedale
- Grid Reference SE 15395 44872
- Latitude 53.899793
- Longitude -1.7671895
- Man Hours 44.7
- Members In Attendance 13
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
Welcome to the team Orion.
A huge congratulations from everyone at the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team to search dog Orion and handler Gary for successfully passing their Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England assessment over the last weekend. They have now officially become an active, operational air scenting search dog team.
While the weather was excellent, the assessment conditions were quite the opposite and the whole weekend was a real test for both handler and dog. In the end both could rely on the last 3 years of hard work, training and dedication to see them successfully through the assessment.
Gary would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported them over the years - at times spending hours hiding as a dog body in awful conditions. And in particular he would like to give a special thank you to Anna Wilthew who gave her time to help body over the assessment weekend.
Orion would also like to say thank you to everyone, and in typical Springer Spaniel fashion he did that with a full body and tail wag.
A final message from both Gary and Orion, which I think the rest of the search dogs and handlers would allow on this occasion is to say that at last we have a ‘Proper Dog’ on the team!