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 844: Cock Hill MTB Track, Cornholme

    Sunday, 23 November 2014

    At 14:20, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were alerted to an incident involving a mountain biker who had fallen from his ride on a muddy stretch of a technical trail in Cockhill Woods near Todmorden, sustaining a dislocated shoulder. Team Leader and Incident Leader, Les Wilson managed to speak to the casualty direct and based on his woodland location and injuries, deployed the full team. Calder Mobile 2 were first on scene and provided immediate casualty care. CM1, 3 and 4 followed closely after. Pain relief was quickly administered by the Team doctor before the casualty was safely packaged and transferred to a stretcher for evacuation to the waiting ambulance. At 15:40, the team stood down and returned to base, then onward to their homes. Read more »

  • Incident 843: Caley Crags, Otley

    Saturday, 25 October 2014

    Early afternoon, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) for assistance with an injured walker who had fallen at Caley Crags, Otley Chevin and sustained a suspected fracture to his right ankle. After acquiring the exact location, the prime group mobilised Calder Mobile 1 + 3 to attend the incident. YAS Paramedics were already on-scene to provide medical assistance and pain relief. Several team members went direct to the scene and managed to pinpoint a clear route through the woods allowing our 4x4 vehicles to drive directly to casualty. Upon arrival, the injured walker was quickly helped into the vehicle and transported to the waiting ambulance for his onward journey to hospital. Read more »


  • 40 Years of Mountain Rescue

    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.

  • BRIT ROCK Film Tour 2014

    Saturday, 4 October 2014

    CVSRT hosts BRIT ROCK FILM TOUR 2014­ (Thu 6th Nov)


    Join us for an, adrenalin filled evening to help raise funds for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.  This is a charity event hosted by CVSRT with all proceeds going to the team.

    Multi award-winning filmmaker Alastair Lee presents the Brit Rock Film Tour on the big screen. The first homegrown adventure tour to emerge from the vibrant UK filmmaking industry.

    BRIT ROCK comes right from the heart of the UK adventure scene, with liberal splashes of the inimitable British spirit. Adding to the program are short interjections with observational and comedy breaks, from the likes of the leftfield author Niall Grimes and funny man Dave Halsted.


    Headline acts include:

    Stone Free

    Julian Lines is the best climber you’ve never heard of. He is undoubtedly Britain’s most accomplished free climbing soloist with world-class free ascents to his name. Julian’s journey has not been one in search of fame or fortune; his motives are personal, pure and often at odds with his own conscience. ‘STONE FREE’ is a stunning, action packed and darkly humorous film produced and filmed by multi-award winner Alastair Lee.

    All My Own Stunts

    Yorkshireman Rob Jarman is a downhill mountain bike specialist and professional stuntman. This gripping film tells the story of a near fatal accident and his road to recovery. Redoubtable, affable and hilarious, it’s a compelling ride with Rob Jarman, on, and more often than not, off his bike.

    Set of Wainwrights

    When not terrorising dance floors in the north east, Steve Birkinshaw is one of the great fell runners and fittest men ever to exist. Have your mind and arteries blown as Steve attempts to break Joss Naylor’s 27 year old record by linking up all 214 Lakeland Wainwright summits in one single push, in under seven days.

    Project Mina

    Are pro climbers anything like you and me? Do they ever put lots of effort into training only to fail miserably at a comp and question why they bother at all, or is it all glory and sending? Project Mina is a look at the moments between the top-outs and success, following Mina Leslie-Wujastyk during the 2013 competition season. Filmed by the talented Jen Randal.

    COST: £10 with proceeds going to the team 

    BUY TICKETS: and from any CVSRT member

    DATE: Thursday 6th November 

    TIME: Doors & Bar 7pm  

    SCREENING: 7.30pm – 10pm approx.


    Photography by ©Posing Productions:


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Dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Police, then Mountain Rescue.

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