A busy ten days in June
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 transferred into the care of a YAS crew.
Simultaneously with the second incident came a request to evacuate another young male who had fallen, in old stone quarries in the Shibden Valley near Queensbury. Some team members were diverted from the Judy Woods incident to deal with this job. After treatment by YAS paramedics and Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew he was carried by stretcher to the roadside and a waiting ambulance. Team members then left to join colleagues at Judy Woods to assist with the much longer stretcher carry taking place there.
The fourth request was on Monday 17th June to evacuate a female with a lower leg injury from a field near Todmorden. After treatment by CVSRT members she was stretchered across farmland to a waiting ambulance.
In addition to this incident Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England Search Dogs Wyn and Meg, and their handlers, assisted with the search for a missing male in Rossington, near Doncaster.
Next, on Thursday 20th June, came a request to assist a couple who, although uninjured, had become stuck while traversing steep ground between paths in Chevin Woods, Otley. Team members set up a simple rope system to help them to the safety of a path, before they continued their walk.
The following day the sixth request saw the team assist with the evacuation of a female who had been found unconscious on moorland above Walsden. YAS paramedics provided treatment for low blood sugar, and after a short while the casualty was able to walk to a waiting ambulance.
On Saturday 22nd June the team were called to incident near Esholt, to assist with the evacuation of a mountain biker who had fallen off and tumbled 15 metres down a steep slope. After treatment by YAS paramedics he was carried by stretcher to the roadside and a waiting ambulance.
And finally, yesterday, came a request to evacuate a female who had fallen off her mountain bike, sustaining an upper arm injury, on the Rochdale Canal towpath. After treatment by a CVSRT Doctor and YAS paramedics she was carried by stretcher to a nearby ambulance.
Over the same ten days period team members have also taken part in two further Search Dog training sessions (in the Calder Valley and the Yorkshire Dales),a casualty care training session organised by Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT), 4x4 and winch refresher training, a Water First Responder Course alongside members of Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and BMRT in the River Calder, provided safety cover at the Overgate Hospice Mountain Bike Challenge and the monthly equipment maintenance evening.
These incidents/activities involved 62 people and amounted to over 500 volunteer hours – a massive commitment from each and every operational member of the team and our wonderful supporters.
CVSRT is a fully voluntary organisation which is on-call to respond to those in need 24/7. The team relies entirely on donations to continue to provide essential life-saving rescue service. We receive no direct funding from local authorities or the government. You can help support the team here https://cvsrt.org.uk/support-us#donate
For full details of all incidents attended by Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team visit https://cvsrt.org.uk/incidents