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.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Shortly after returning to The Rescue Post following incident #856, team members were alerted to an incident at Mount Pleasant, Todmorden.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service required urgent assistance with a casualty suffering from chest pains, paramedics were able to walk into the address to treat the patient but due to the snow were unable to then get the patient from their house to the ambulance which was stopped in its tracks at the bottom of the hill due to snow.
On arrival team members packaged the patient into one of our winter cas bags (a deep pile, very warm sleeping bag) and lifted onto a stretcher. Team members then slowly sledged the stretcher down the snow covered road and into the back of the ambulance for onward transport to hospital. Despite the snow, all incidents were dealt with promptly and successfully. And at 5.30pm CVSRT returned to normal ‘callout’ status and team members returned to their homes. Read more »
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Due to the wintery conditions, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team were placed on “stand-by” throughout the day to support the statutory emergency services. Calder Mobile's 1, 2 and 3 were centralized at The Rescue Post and crewed with quick response teams, ready to deploy at a moments notice. The team didn’t have to wait long and were called to a house on Heptonstall Road, Hebden Bridge where an 83yr old gentleman had taken a fall, sustaining knee injuries.
Team members arrived at the scene very shortly after the request for assistance was recieved.
Once the Paramedics in attendance were happy the patient was ready to move he was placed in one of our winter cas bags (a deep pile, very warm sleeping bag) and lifted onto a stretcher.
Team members then slowly sledged the stretcher down the snow covered road and into the back of a waiting ambulance for onward transport to hospital. Read more »
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.