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 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 »

  • Incident 842: Cock Hill MTB Track, Cornholme

    Sunday, 12 October 2014

    Our assistance was requested by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist in evacuating an injured mountain biker who had landed badly whilst taking part in a downhill race
    Due to the off road location of the casualty the ambulance service were in need of our 4x4 capability to assist the mountain biker who had suffered quite a severe lower leg and wrist injury.
    It was decided based on all the information available to task Mobile 2 from Todmorden to attended with a full backup crew being dispatched from team members at our base in Mobile 1.
    On arrival at the scene team members found the YAS crew in their 4x4 sprinter had managed to drive nearly to the patient and after they had finished splinting a badly broken ankle and wrist, a very short stretcher carry was needed to take the patient to the waiting ambulance. Read more »


  • 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:


  • Sleep, Who needs it ?

    Monday, 22 September 2014

    Some Rescue Team members have had a challenging week this week as several night time calls resulted in a loss of beauty sleep.

    Here is how it all developed;

    03:17 am on Monday 15th September and the Team Leaders were called to assist Halifax Police with a search for a male who had left the scene of a car accident. Damage to the vehicle and the location suggested the young man may have been injured and could be in fields or woods nearby. Leaders attended Halifax Police station to support the investigation and make search plans. Fortunately the man was located safe & well at an address in Halifax and the team stood down around 4.30am.

    03:20am on Friday 19th September and Halifax Police again contacted the team requesting search assistance following a report from a member of the public that calls for help had been heard in the Holywell Green area. Team leaders attended the scene and after further investigation a specific area of fields & woodland was identified for search. Search dog handler Dave & dog Jack together with several team members attended to search the area but nothing was found. The mystery remains however the probable cause of the noise was likely to be the local fox population. Team stood down around 7.30am.

    01:49am on Saturday 20th September and the pagers again sprang to life as Shipley Police requested our assistance in their search for a vulnerable missing teenager. Areas of woodland & fields around Northcliffe Golf course were identified as crucial to the search. Search dog handlers Pete with dog Meg, and Dave with dog Jack attended together with supporting team members to carry out the searching. Searches failed to locate the missing girl and the team stood down around 6.40 am as the police continued to follow their leads. She was eventually located at an address later that day safe & well.

    The search dogs proved invaluable in these searches and allowed the team to cover ground quickly & intensively saving much foot slogging for team members and police officers alike.


    Now you know why team members don’t win beauty competitions – very late nights!


In an emergency...

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

Be ready to give details of your location, number of casualties, any injuries and your telephone number.

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