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.
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a call from Yorkshire Ambulance Service requesting urgent assistance to evacuate a 70yo gentleman who had suffered a heart attack whilst out walking on the Pennine Way near Stanbury and was receiving CPR.
24 CVSRT members headed to the scene with some in team vehicles and others going direct. Whilst on route, the team were advised that the YAS paramedics had managed to move the casualty to the land ambulance to receive urgent medical treatment.
Due to his condition and location, air assistance was required from Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Calder Mobile 1 arrived on-scene to provide stretcher assistance whilst CM2, 3, 4 and the additional team members in their own vehicles ‘stood down’ and returned to base. The casualty was quickly transferred by stretcher to the air ambulance for the onward journey to Leeds General Infirmary.
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Friday, 6 February 2015
On Friday at 15:28, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were alerted to an incident involving a mountain biker with a lower leg injury at Higher Chelburn Reservoir, near Summit on the edge of our operational area. CVSRT immediately deployed CM1 + 2 with 10 team members to the scene to assist Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team.
On this occasion, North West Air Ambulance managed to land 50metres from the casualty and paramedics were able to treat and transfer the man to the helicopter for the onward journey to hospital.
No further assistance required. Teams stood down and returned to base.
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Friday, 23 January 2015Even in the depths of winter, CVSRT are out and about training and developing new skills as we never know when our services will be required to rescue someone in wild and remote places.
Last weekend was no different with several CVSRT members heading down to the river at Hardcastle Crags to attend a Water Awareness Training Session [Module 1], delivered by our qualified Swiftwater Rescue & Flood Technicians inline with the national MREW guidelines.
Once briefed and fully kitted up with the necessary protective equipment for the wintery conditions, the team members entered the water. The group experienced several training exercises including; self-rescue in the event of accidental immersion, identifying rescue opportunities and hazards to look out for during a search and rescue near water and practised throw-line techniques.
Despite the wintery conditions, the session proved extremely valuable and members gained a healthy respect for the water and search & rescue protocol.
Monday, 24 November 2014
Last Tuesday was our regular monthly vehicles and kit maintenance evening. Nothing untoward there you may think but for one of our long serving members, it marked 40 years unbroken service with Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team.
Pete Farnell joined the team on 24th November 1974 as a young lad, aged 20. Through the years he has held numerous key roles from; Radio Officer to Team Leader to our current Team Chairman. Most recently, Pete is also a Search And Rescue Dog Association England Search Dog handler with ‘Meg’, his trusty sidekick.
As you can imagine, 40 years service takes a considerable amount of time, commitment and a very understanding family, so it was our pleasure to welcome Pete’s wife Anne, and their son Joe to be part of the evening. Mountain Rescue must run in the family as Joe recently qualified as a Full Team Member with Edale Mountain Rescue Team.
We have actually quite a few families connected with CVSRT…but that’s a story for another day!!
Surprise guests for the evening were Chief Constable Dee Collins and Sgt Neil Taylor from West Yorkshire Police, who arrived to present Pete with his Long Service Certificate and to thank the team for their continued support and commitment to the emergency services, and the local community.
The Chief Constable said, “I have the utmost respect for Mountain Rescue England and Wales and think it’s incredible that you are all volunteers. Pete, on behalf of West Yorkshire Police, I thank you for your many years of service”.
Pete accepted his award and said, “Thank you to my family for putting up with me. I’m very grateful to receive this long service certificate, however, I believe this is as much an award for the team… that’s why I have remained with mountain rescue for so long… because of the people”.
Congratulations Pete ! Long may you roam the hills with CVSRT.