Sunday, 22 March 2020


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.”

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Saturday, 14 March 2020

#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
In attendance;

Additional Info

  • 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
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Saturday, 14 March 2020
On Saturday 7th March Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) hosted ‘ROLE’ (Recognition of Life Extinct) regional training, a nationally recognised Advanced Casualty Care course.
The course was instigated, organised and delivered by one of our team doctors who was assisted by two of our team paramedics along with another doctor from Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.
In support of the training A senior Crime Scene Officer from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) delivered an informative lecture and helped mentor the delegates during the various scenarios. 
In total, sixteen Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW) team members attended the course both from CVSRT and our neighbouring teams Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Bolton Mountain Rescue Team and Cave Rescue Organisation.  
This additional certified skill is something each attending team will be able to utilise when supporting the statutory emergency services and members of the public in times of distress, and is a course we will look to deliver again in the future.
A huge thank you to everyone who travelled to our base in Mytholmroyd to deliver, support and attend the training session.
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All In A Day

Thursday, 12 March 2020
#All In A Day
The beginning of the week was a particularly busy one for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT).  Within a 24 hour period the team was alerted to a potential request for assistance, responded to 2 requests to assist the emergency services and also attended our regular Tuesday evening training session.
The combined duration of these events were 10hrs with a total of 220hrs of team effort. 
The busy 24hrs started at 12:55 on Monday 9th March with an alert to the CVSRT Prime (leaders) group for a potential assist request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS). The group were stood down before a full team callout was raised.
At 00:16 on Tuesday 10th March CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) to assist in a search for a missing female near Rock Lane, Bradford.  The team, along with our Search dogs, were tasked with searching key areas in the vicinity.  During our search further intel was obtained placing the missing person in a different area.  The team was stood down and police located the missing person safe and well.
#1227 South View Queensbury
In attendance;
4 Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (Jack, Wynn, Orion, Meg)
At 12:24 on Tuesday 10th March we received a request from YAS to assist with the evacuation of a male who had suffered a lower leg injury in Hawksworth Spring.  On arrival of CVSRT Yorkshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were on scene, the casualty was assessed, packaged and transferred by stretcher to the awaiting ambulance.
#1228 Hawksworth Spring, Baildon
In attendance
1 MRSDE (Meg)
That same evening at 19:30 the team gathered at Baitings Dam for one of our regular weekly training sessions.  This particular session involved packaging and transferring a casualty around a short but very tricky and muddy course.  This tested our ability in planning and problem solving and also utilised many of the skills we often require when moving a casualty on a stretcher.
We continue to attend these regular training sessions, no matter the weather, only postponing for a real callout, to ensure we keep the teams skillset and standards at the highest possible level.
#Team Training
In Attendance;
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Friday, 14 February 2020
#CALLOUT On Friday 14th February at 11:58 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of a female who sustained an ankle injury whilst walking near Earl Crag.
Due to the location of the incident members from our neighbouring team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA), were called upon to assist.
Members of UWFRA were first on scene providing warmth to the casualty and assessing injuries.
Following arrival of CVSRT vehicles, the casualty was provided with pain relief, packaged on to a stretcher and carried a short distance to the awaiting ambulance.
Thank you to UWFRA for their support.
#1224 Dick Lane, Cowling
14th February 2020
In attendance;
1 MRSDE search dog (Meg)

Additional Info

  • 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
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Congratulations to the class of 2020

Thursday, 06 February 2020
#Congratulations to the class of 2020 - Alistair Findlater, Pete Haigh, Ed Holliday, Josh Smith, Gareth Talbot and Mark Timmerman – who after a year of training and hard work were formally voted onto Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) on Tuesday 28th January as operational team members. 
The final challenge for the team consisted of a 20 hour assessment staged around the Calder Valley and designed to bring together everything that was learnt through the year.
The whole team would like to welcome aboard our new operational members and look forward to working with you over the coming years. 
A huge thanks to all of the team members, supporters, families, land owners and trainees for making this a successful assessment. 
For an in-sight into that final assessment below is an account of the weekend written by one of the trainees, Ed Holliday.
At 18:15 on Friday 24th Jan, six of us met at the CVSRT main base in Mytholmroyd, known as The Rescue Post. This was the start of our final assessment, and the end of twelve months of training. 
Since our initial hill assessment in January 2019, we had; spent six months training every Tuesday evening and the occasional weekend, had an operational assessment in Ireland in July, and been on callout list for six months as probationary members. This then, was a huge milestone for us all.
By 19:30 we were heading out to our first scenario, a report of a missing female, who had gone up onto the moor, with her baby, in a distressed state. As it was cold and foggy, our first thoughts were finding her quickly, as hypothermia is always a risk for our casualties. As we were briefed by the incident lead, we were assigned a fell party role; Fell Party Leader (FPL), Second-in-Command (2IC), Medic, Casualty Safety and Navigator. We were then given our callsign ’Calder one zero’ and off we went. The cloud was so low that we were immediately enveloped in mist, underfoot the path was very boggy, so this was going to be a difficult search. 
Our first challenge in the fog and uneven ground was carrying out a rapid path search of sufficient width to not miss a casualty, whilst remaining in sight of each other. After about half a mile, one of the team heard a baby crying (which turned out to be a recording to add realism). We soon located an unconscious female, and an infant mannequin. 
The Fell party leader quickly decided to send two of the team back to the team vehicles with the baby. At the same time, the Medic and Cas Safety set up a storm shelter, known as a KISU, over the female casualty and commenced the primary survey. In the meantime the 2IC radioed for a further fell party, with additional equipment. Whilst awaiting the second fell party, made up of full team members giving up their Friday night to help us with our assessment, the Navigator plotted the best route off the moor. Following a half mile stretcher carry, we found ourselves back at the team vehicles where the ‘casualty’ made a miraculous recovery and introduced herself as our Training Officer’s daughter.
Following a short debrief, where any learning points were discussed, we were re-tasked to our second scenario. This time it was up to the top of Cock Hill and another rapid path search, to locate two missing ‘Squadies’ who had reportedly gone out on a special forces selection practice, but hadn’t returned as expected.
Once again a short briefing from the incident lead, a switch round of roles and off we went. Initially the path was clear and easy to follow. However, the navigator was soon put to the test, by a barely discernible track. After a fairly short distance we located the two ‘Squadies’ and were surprised to find they were actual soldiers! This scenario would test our skills as both casualties needed medical help. The first was showing obvious signs of hypothermia, so needed to be warmed and given some ‘exercise’ hot drinks and chocolate. The second was more serious, with a very familiar type of injury for CVSRT, a lower limb open fracture. Once again a second fell party were called in, with a stretcher and more advanced medical kit, whilst the, now re-warmed, casualty was walked off the moor. This time the Navigator identified a different path off, which, would be easier for the stretcher party to reach the roadhead. A short time, and strenuous stretcher carry later, we were back at the team vehicles and once again debriefed.  We thanked the two Soldiers for their help and advised them that if the special forces didn’t work out, they could always take up a career in acting! 
As team members had given up enough of their evening, it being 23:00, we stood down for the night. Team members went home to their cosy beds, and we went off to find a shelter for the night. After a lovely chilli provided by team supporters, Tracy Cokill and Laura Davies, we got the best sleep possible on a concrete floor in our sleeping bags.
The morning saw us heading off towards Rishworth, for a scenario below Green Withens Reservoir. This time we were to assist the Police to recover a deceased casualty from within a staged crime scene.  The stretcher carry for this scenario was the trickiest yet with quite a lot of steep ground, so gave an opportunity to demonstrate our rope skills. We used a technique called back roping, to assist with going downhill, and a walking V, for going uphill. Another successful scenario, a short break for a team photo with the vehicles, then on to scenario four.  This time we were tasked with a detailed path search to locate a missing person.
It quickly became clear, that the missing person, had been shedding items along his way and our task was to locate and log, but not move the items. The detail of the brief, had given us enough information, to treat the search area as a potential crime scene. As we walked along the main path searching for evidence we met a walker, unsure if he was part of the scenario we quizzed him and made a mental note of his appearance. 
After we concluded the scenario, the assessor asked if we had spotted the can of drink he had placed, to distract us from other evidence. We said we hadn’t, then we remembered the walker had been drinking a can of the same drink. It appears he had come across a full can of drink on the moor and decided it was just his lucky day!
Next up came, what was to be our last scenario, following a walk over to Blackstone Edge, we were tasked to access a casualty who had fallen into a quarry. Access was to be made using rope equipment to descend down a steep slope and raise the casualty by stretcher. Once we got to the casualty we realised it was Izzy, who had started the training with us, but unfortunately had to leave mid-year as her work took her away from the area. We look forward to hopefully welcoming Izzy back to the team later this year.
It was now 13:00 on Saturday and our assessment was over. All but for the mundane, yet important job of cleaning, servicing and drying all of the kit. The Vehicles were repacked with dry kit and made ready for the next call out.
Thankfully, we all passed our assessment and are now operational team members, though the learning doesn’t stop here. We will continue to train on two Tuesdays a month, plus attend courses for specialist and core skills. This year the whole team will re-visit the medic training, which is refreshed every three years, so we look forward to that.
Our thanks go to; the supporters, who fed us, the team members, who gave up their Friday evening and Saturday morning to provide numbers, the casualties, who added realism and especially the trainers, Les and Paul, who, over the year gave us the confidence and skills to enjoy and pass the final assessment.
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Saturday, 01 February 2020
#CALLOUT  On Saturday 1st February at 14:15 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) to assist with the evacuation of a Marshall who had become unwell whilst manning their checkpoint at #High Brown Knoll on #Midgley Moor for the Wadsworth Trog Fell Race.
Once on scene CVSRT members provided pain relief, packaged the casualty into a winter casualty bag, and transferred them on a team wheeled stretcher to the awaiting Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) ambulance on #Keighley Road. 
During the above incident, race organisers also alerted the CVSRT team leader of a missing runner.  As the initial incident was concluded and a search plan formed the missing runner arrived.  The runner had taken a wrong turn along the course and was kindly driven back to our location by a local resident. 
Both incidents were concluded at 17:30, with the team returning vehicles and equipment to our bases. 
Thank you to the race organisers, Calder Valley Fell Runners, for their prompt action in calling the emergency services to assist the casualty, along with the accurate information provided.  This made planning the incident response and mobilisation of the team much easier.
#1222 High Brown Knoll
1st February 2020
In Attendance
MRSDE (Search Dog Meg)

Additional Info

  • 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
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Thursday, 23 January 2020

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

In Attendance;




Additional Info

  • 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
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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

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

In Attendance;





MRSDE (search dog Meg)


Additional Info

  • 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
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Welcome to the team Orion

Friday, 24 January 2020

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!

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