20 May 2020
From the 23rd May, less than a weeks time, 2 of Calder Valley Search And Rescue Team’s (CVSRT) active supporters will be joining other Mountain Rescue volunteers to run a MR’athon, covering 26 miles in a week whilst adhering to all current government guidelines. With several of our planned fundraising events cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is fantastic to see volunteers from around the country stepping up to the challenge to help raise much needed funds that help to keep search and rescue teams operational. Thank you to everyone who is taking part, with an extra…

Stay Safe

14 May 2020
#STAYSAFE Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team continue to stand behind the message asking people to Stay Safe. We do, however, understand that following the recent announcements from the government, which sees some of the restrictions placed in reaction to the COVID-19 relaxed, many of us will begin to start enjoying the outdoors more frequently and for longer durations. Accidents do and will happen and as a team all of the extra precautions we are taking are to look out for the safety and wellbeing of our volunteers whilst maintaining the ability to remain operational and take care of the…

Well done Amelia!

10 May 2020
Well done Amelia! Amelia has done it, she has had her locks cut and raised an amazing £520 for Calder Valley Rescue Team. Amelia’s mum, Natalie, would like to say “Thank you all SO much for your amazing support and encouragement. Amelia is now sporting a cute bob and is looking forward to hair brushing being less painful.” Amelia’s tresses will now be sent to the Little Princess Trust who create wigs for children and young people suffering the devastating effects of hair loss. Thank you Amelia, £520 is an amazing amount!

Amelia - Fundraising

21 Apr 2020
Two years ago, we brought you the story of Amelia, a special little girl who raised an incredible £1600 for CVSRT and the Little Princess Trust.  Amelia and her family are well known to CVSRT, as her dad Richard was a team member until he sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2018.   As in 2018, Amelia is having her luscious locks cut and will be donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust who create wigs for children and young people suffering the devastating effects of hair loss. Her last haircut, two years ago, was her first haircut…


12 Apr 2020
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team stand behind the message asking people to Stay Home and Stay Safe. We do, however, understand that people need to venture outside for all manner of reasons. We also understand that throughout this pandemic we will be asked to assist the emergency services. The driving factors for all of the extra precautions ourselves and all the Mountain Rescue Teams are taking are to look out for the safety and wellbeing of our volunteers whilst maintaining the ability to remain operational and take care of the safety and wellbeing of all casualties in need of…


22 Mar 2020
#inthistogether 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…


14 Mar 2020
#TRAINING   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…

All In A Day

12 Mar 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…

Congratulations to the class of 2020

06 Feb 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…

Welcome to the team Orion

24 Jan 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…

15,000 hours! - CVSRT 2019 in numbers.

03 Jan 2020
15,000 hours! - Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) 2019 in numbers   Every member of CVSRT commits a large amount of time each year to train, support and provide assistance when called upon and 2019 was no exception.    87 incidents This year we attended 87 full team call outs assisting the emergency services including Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS), West Yorkshire Police (WYPS), Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA), Hazardous Area Response Tram (HART), West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (WYFR). Our busiest month for call outs was June in which we attended 15.    156 Exercises Exercises which include training…

Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial 2019

18 Sep 2019
Saturday’s Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial 2019 was a great success, raising over £900 for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. This year’s prize winners were; Men’s Winner: Martin Howard of Calder Valley Fell Runners with an impressive time of 00:06:09 - a new course record, previous record was Ted Mason 00:06:23 (2018). Martin also raised the most money – more than £100 with gift aid. Women’s Winner: Lucy Needham of Wharfedale Harriers in a time of 00:08:49. Annie Roberts of Todmorden Harriers still holds the women’s course record of 00:07:53 (2018). Junior Winner: Tom Fryers of Penistone Footpath Runners in…

Calderdale Charity Tractor Run

02 Sep 2019
WOW! £1,874.62! What a fantastic amount! Huge thanks to the Calderdale Charity Tractor Run organisers, sponsors, vehicle entrants and each and every person who came out to support the event. As a 100% voluntary charity we rely on donations from local businesses and the community to keep the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team wheels turning. So thank you for helping us help you!

Knit or Natter Running Vests

23 Aug 2019
Thanks to the talented ladies at Todmorden Health Centre Champions ‘Knit or Natter’ group who knitted these fantastic running vests for our forthcoming fundraiser the Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial 2019 (Sat 14 September). Places are still available! The vests were knitted by Pam, Joyce, Sylvia, Glenda and Deb. When not knitting running vests they knit for friends, family, and hats and blankets for the Special Care Baby Unit at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust Calderdale Royal Hospital. Every Wednesday afternoon knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, and chit chatterers meet between 1:30pm and 3:30pm at Todmorden Health Centre in the Health Promotion…

Trainees head to Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage

07 Aug 2019
During the last weekend in July Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) trainees Ed, Gareth, Isobel, Josh and Pete headed off to take part in a multi-agency operation in County Mayo, Ireland. Here's an account of their weekend..... Sat on the sofa on a lovely, snowy, Sunday morning with a cup of tea. Dog suitably tired from his walk and I’m checking my emails every five minutes. It was the day after our initial trainee assessment. I was looking for one email in particular from Les (our trainer) to see if I passed the assessment to be a trainee…

Generous Donation from De Warren Masonic Lodge

06 Aug 2019
A huge thank-you to members of De Warren Masonic Lodge, Blackwell, Halifax for their generous donation of £1000. This is the second £1000 donation they have made to Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team this year! Last night we joined members of the Lodge at their annual Blue Pig gathering where Lodge Master Peter Reeve presented a cheque to CVSRT President David Whitteron. CVSRT are extremely grateful for the donation and ongoing support from members of De Warren Masonic Lodge

CVSRT Park Run Takeover

28 Jul 2019
Yesterday Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) did a ‘takeover’ at Centre Vale parkrun #18. We provided 13 volunteers to work alongside the Centre Vale core team and make the run happen. We also served lots of lovely homemade baked goods at the finish. It wasn’t too long before the phrase ‘takeover’ had been replaced by ‘cakeover’! The aim for CVSRT was to promote our up and coming fundraiser, the Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial 2019 (YDTT) being held on 14th September. An event all about the thrill of downhill running. Each runner gets two timed runs down the 1.5km…

The White Hart Sponsored Stroll

09 Jul 2019
On the 3rd July eight staff from The White Hart, Todmorden laced up their boots and took part in a ‘Sponsored Stroll’ to raise funds for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. They set off bright and breezy in the morning and strolled from The White Hart to The Commercial in Sowerby Bridge, AND BACK! A whopping 18.4 miles in total. Back safely in Todmorden by 8pm, they raised a fantastic total of £189.00 in the process. As a self-funded voluntary organisation, CVSRT relies on the generosity and support of the community to raise the £40,000 we need to keep…

Leader's Challenge 2019

04 Jul 2019
On Tuesday 2nd July Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) members took part in the ‘Leader’s Challenge 2019’. An event organised annually by our Team Leader to test our capability across Mountain Rescue England and Wales core skills. All details were kept top secret until a week before the event. An eagerly awaited email from Team Leader Ben, confirmed the main theme for the challenge... fitness! We regularly work alongside West Yorkshire Police (WYP), Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), who have an annual (or more frequent) basic fitness test.…

CVSRT Ellie Sherwin receives Life Membership Certificate

26 Jun 2019
On Tuesday 25th June, longstanding Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) member Ellie Sherwin was presented with a Life Membership Award in recognition of her service to the team. Ellie is stepping down from active duty and moving away from the Calder Valley to Pembrokeshire. Ellie has been a dedicated Mountain Rescue England and Wales member, with over 30 years of service. During this time Ellie has been a stalwart of the CVSRT, attending callouts and also taking on a variety of roles, including team secretary. She even met her husband, Chris, in the team! David Warden, CVSRT Chairman,…

A busy ten days in June

24 Jun 2019
The last ten days has seen CVSRT receive eight requests for assistance from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS). The first was on the evening of 13th June, just as our search dogs and handlers were meeting for one of their regular training sessions. A young man had come off his mountain bike in Hardcastle Crags and needed assistance to be evacuated to an ambulance. The second request was on the evening of Sunday 16th June for a young male who had fallen in Judy Woods on the outskirts of Bradford. A wet, muddy and slippery stretcher carry through woodland saw him…

National Volunteers Week 2019

04 Jun 2019
This week is National Volunteers’ Week, a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contributions millions of volunteers make every single day across the UK. The estimated annual value of volunteers helping UK charities is a massive £22.6bn! Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team is an entirely volunteer organisation that wouldn’t exist without its’ volunteers. Whether they are operational team members, trainees, active supporters, dogsbodies or training casualties, they all give their time for free. This allows us to support the emergency services and provide a life-saving emergency response to the community. By volunteering, or supporting friends…

Mayor's Charity Donation

21 May 2019
Councillor Andy Hollis, the outgoing Mayor of #Todmorden, visited The Rescue Post on Tuesday 21st May. He enjoyed a guided tour of the base and demonstration of equipment, before presenting the team with two donation cheques. His Mayoral Charity for 2018-2019 was Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team and over the last year he has hosted several events. The highlights have been Jazzical, a classical/jazz concert and hosting Integrate, a local organisation seeking to bring communities together, for elevenses. Twelve people were expected but around 60 turned up of all ages and ethnicities, accompanied by a photography team from the…

Joint exercise with Yorkshire Air Ambulance

16 May 2019
On Monday Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team took part in a whole day training exercise with Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The training introduced five new recruit air crew paramedics to: working in a remote environment, recognising when assistance from a Mountain Rescue England and Wales Team is needed and the capabilities we offer. The training also gave us invaluable practise working around the aircraft - identifying a safe landing site, providing on-ground landing assistance and loading of a casualty. The training scenario involved a runner who had fallen into a quarry. Three YAA paramedics were first on scene to provide…

Spring Core Skills Training Day

28 Mar 2019
Last Saturday Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team held a ‘Core Skills Training Day’ at Blakedean Scout Hostel. Traditionally these have been an annual event, though we plan to have another this autumn, to supplement the weekly requirement for specialist training. Whilst we are volunteers, all team members are highly trained to guidelines set by Mountain Rescue England & Wales. At the heart of these guidelines is a set of 10 core skills needed to operate safely as an effective emergency response, which each team member must demonstrate their capability each year. The day was split into three sessions. The…
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