2021 Looking Back

03 Jan 2022
#2021 Looking Back   As we welcome in the New Year this post takes a moment to look back at 2021 and the efforts of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT), their members and their supporters throughout the year.   103 Callouts Assisting the statutory emergency services when our assistance is required is the reason CVSRT exists. Following on from 2020 which was one of the busiest years with 96 full team callouts in total, 2021 was even more so with 103 callouts throughout the year. This equates to almost 2 callouts per week.    Search Dogs In addition…

Christmas Wishes

24 Dec 2021
Christmas Wishes    __________ Christmas Collection During the run up to Christmas CVSRT were able to return to tradition and spend the Saturday before Christmas out in Halifax and Keighley Town Centres. As with every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of all the shoppers we meet and this year you donated an incredible £3247.36  Our Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) operational and trainee search dogs would also like to say thank you for the fuss and especially the treats.    __________ Christmas Tree Decorating Earlier in December a small number of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team…

Thank You

29 Nov 2021
#Thank You   It has been a busy year for the team with 101 callouts so far in 2021.  The support we receive from the community and local businesses is invaluable to allow us to remain operational and the messages of thanks and donations received are always gratefully accepted.  Whilst there are too many people and businesses to list, we would like highlight a few who have shown their generosity over recent months.   Mytholmroyd Post Office Thank you to Jo and Janet at our local Post Office branch in Mytholmroyd.  They have been selling facemasks at their branch and donating proceeds…

The Great Outdoors Reader Awards 2021

11 Nov 2021
#The Great Outdoors Reader Awards 2021   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) are up for an award!   We have been shortlisted for the ‘Extra Mile award’ that recognises outstanding voluntary efforts helping to make a difference to our experience in the outdoors.   Voting is online and can be completed here - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TGOAwards2021   It would be great to spread the word and get as many people voting as possible. While we would love that vote to be for CVSRT, there are so many worthy contenders in our category it will not be an easy choice.  To…

Busy Week

27 Oct 2021
#CALLOUT   Last week Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) continued to be busy receiving 6 requests for Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) assistance from the statutory emergency services.    __________   At 14:40 on Monday 18th October 2021 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of a male who had slipped whilst out walking in Stanbury, suffering a lower leg injury.    CVSRT were first on scene and provided initial medical care and pain relief.  The injured ankle was placed into a protective box…

#Health and Wellbeing

26 Oct 2021
#Health and Wellbeing   Most of us are aware of the part physical health plays in our overall wellbeing, however, our mental health is equally important and sadly something that is often overlooked.   1 in 4 people suffer with mental health issues in the UK, which means in a group of 20 friends, 5 of them are potentially struggling with their mental health.    Male suicides have consistently accounted for approximately three-quarters of all suicides in the UK since the mid-1990s.  On average one man every 2 hours takes his life in the UK and It’s often said a factor…

We need your help…. Again!

24 Oct 2021
We need your help…. Again!   Following the fantastic response we received recently supporting the clean-up at our base in Mytholmroyd, we would like to call on our community for a little more help. This time we are looking for support in finding a home for some specialist team equipment.  Please see below the message from our water rescue team.   __________   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) provides Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) capabilities in support of the statutory emergency services throughout the northern half of West Yorkshire.  However, given our position in the South Pennines…


25 Sep 2021
#calderdale-way-relay   This Sunday, 26th September, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) will be joining up to 100 other teams in running the 2021 Calderdale Way Relay (CWR).   The event, back after being cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will see teams split into pairs to take on six legs of off-road trails covering a total of 50 miles (80KM) around Calderdale.   This year’s event is being held in honour of John Keighley, without whom, there would be no CWR.  John sadly passed away shortly after the running of the 2019 event.   Whilst some…


09 Sep 2021
#999Day Today marks the official #emergencyservicesday A special day to thank all of the incredible people who work in the emergency services. Approximately 2 million people work and volunteer across the emergency services. Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) work extensively with our local emergency services and witness first hand the amazing work they do. Thank you Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust West Yorkshire Police West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Yorkshire Air Ambulance National Police Air Service HQ #999day #Mountainrescue

#Callouts 2021

15 Aug 2021
#Callouts 2021   It has been another busy year for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) with 72 callouts so far in 2021.   While we like to share our involvement when supporting the statutory emergency services, in particular West Yorkshire Police (WYP) and Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS), there are occasions where, due the sensitivity of the incident, we feel it is better not to share to on our social media pages.    As such it may have seemed CVSRT have been less busy recently. We are indeed as busy as ever and as always we are on call…

Team Training

14 Aug 2021
Team Training   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) were in Heptonstall on Tuesday evening for some group training, only the 2nd full team training session held since the start of the pandemic.  The training covered casualty immobilisation and packaging when dealing with potential neck, back, hip and upper leg injuries.     Joining the team throughout the evening was MP for Halifax, Holly Lynch.  Holly has agreed to represent Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) at a national level, in Parliament, and re-establish the All Party Parliamentary Group.   As always a big thank you to our support…

New Recruits

04 Aug 2021
New Recruits   All new aspirant Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) candidates are required to go through our three-stage selection process.  This includes submitting an initial application form, attending an open evening and finally a 10 hour long hill skills assessment. This is designed to check applicants suitability to progress onto our training programme.   It is with great pleasure that we welcome Nathan (a returning team member), Stuart, Luke, Rob and John as our trainees for 2021-22.  Welcome to the team and we wish you every success on your Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) journey.    …

Thank You Damian and Skye

02 Aug 2021
Thank You Damian and Skye   Following many years service, last week saw Damian and Skye complete their last day with Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales).    Over the last 4 years they worked as a qualified trailing dog team with over 100 callouts covering large parts of the Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) area.    Thank you from all at Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) for your invaluable service over the years and we wish you well for the future.   https://www.facebook.com/SARDAWales/posts/5880069128731834

Community Support

18 Jul 2021
Community Support   CVSRT are delighted to have been chosen by this year’s captains at Bradley Hall Golf Club as their charity of the year.    The club’s first fundraising event for the team held on the 2nd July 2021 was a 9-hole competition, with each hole featuring food and drink from different countries.    All those in attendance took the opportunity to sample the delights of food from countries including Mexico and Jamaica, and also had the opportunity to meet two grateful club members who had been rescued by the team in the last 18 months.   Thank you…


11 Jul 2021
#NationalMapReadingWeek   This week is National Map Reading Week which is aimed to help get you prepared for greater adventures this summer!   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team along with Mountain Rescue England and Wales recommended when intending to go out in the hills, to be #adventuresmart.    Ask yourself 3 questions before you set off: 1. Do I know what the weather will be like? 2. Do I have the right gear? 3. Do I have the knowledge & skills for the day?   The technology available today is fantastic, but it can fail us by locking up,…

Community Clean Up

07 Jul 2021
Community Clean Up   On the morning of Saturday 26th June a group of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) supporters, with a little help from some of our operational members, made a visit to Shelf, working with Calderdale Council to clear an area that had unfortunately become littered with rubbish.   Over the space of four hours a large amount of rubbish was collected and cleared with safety measures in place when working on steep ground.     The difference made to area was amazing.    CVSRT supporters regularly give their free time to help out, not only our…

CVSRT New Team Members

22 Jun 2021
CVSRT New Team Members   As a result of the COVID-19 restrictions our new member intake assessment for 2021 unfortunately had to be delayed from its usual timing of January and will now take place in the early hours of 3rd July.    Whilst the event will have a different feel this year with it being held in the height of summer instead of our typical winter schedule, we will still put all applicants through their paces on the hill - testing their navigation throughout the day and night, team work skills, ability to maintain a positive attitude and checking…


04 Jun 2021
#Volunteersweek   This week is volunteers’ week, an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.    Everyone at Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) commits to hundreds of hours of volunteer time per year for the team, however, we are so much more than the members you see out on the hills.     We have several supporters who regularly give up their time to support training and fundraising events, often lay hiding in the cold wet moors acting as a training casualty and working behind the scenes to enable the team…


29 May 2021
#COFFEE&BUTTYFUNDRAISER   This Bank Holiday Sunday (30th May) from around 09:00 the residents of Lower Greave Farm, London Road will be hosting a coffee and butty fundraiser in support of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT).   This is the second fundraiser held by the farm with the first earlier this month raising over £400 for the team!   There is no set price for the food and refreshments on offer, however, any and all donations will be greatly received.   If you are out for a walk around the area or heading up to Stoodley Pike why not…


27 May 2021
#CalderdaleBoundaryRun   What do you do when national restrictions prevent you from completing events you’ve trained for?     If you’re Jonothan Wright, one of Calder Valley Search and rescue Team’s (CVSRT) operational members, then you hatch a plan to run the entire Calderdale boundary.  Nonstop!   An incredible achievement by Jonothan who has shared a few words outlining his feat.    ______   Earlier this year, I was due to run in the 108-mile Montane Spine Mountain Rescue Team Challenge to raise funds for my local team, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. Of course, this event like so…


01 May 2021
#COFFEE&BUTTYFUNDRAISER   This Bank Holiday Sunday (2nd May) the residents of Lower Greave Farm, London Road will be hosting a coffee and butty fundraiser in support of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT). If you are out for a walk around the area or heading up to Stoodley Pike why not pop along for some home cooked food along the way.  The organisers have placed signs on the local paths to help you find your way.    There is no set price for the food and refreshments on offer, however, any and all donations will be greatly received.  …

Neville Sharp BEM 1943 - 2021

23 Mar 2021
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team tribute - Neville Sharp BEM 1943 - 2021  Neville Sharp BEM sadly passed away on 12th March 2021. Our thoughts are with Nev's wife, Lynn, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, extended family and all of his friends.  In a celebration of his life, we would like to share some stories and memories of someone who will be remembered for being an inspiration to others, a man full of enthusiasm and dedicated to everything he was passionate for. Nev had a long and full career in the police force. A strong theme throughout these years and beyond…

RIP Nev Sharp

13 Mar 2021
All at CVSRT were saddened this week to hear the news that a dear friend of the team Nev Sharp BEM has passed away.   Many of our current team worked alongside Nev who had connections to the team since its inception and was our team leader for more than ten years.     Everyone who knew him described him as a great man who made a huge impact, both locally and nationally, in the many years he worked with MREW and MRSDE.   We will look to pay our tributes over the coming weeks to celebrate his life, whilst…

Now is not the time to be venturing beyond 'local'

17 Feb 2021
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team would like to remind our local community to please adhere to the Government lockdown restrictions and only exercise locally to your home. Now is not the time to be venturing into the more remote parts of our countryside and potentially putting yourself in harm’s way. Granted, accidents can happen to anyone, at any time, in any location (even close to home). By definition, an accident is an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury. If an accident happened to you in a remote, inaccessible location, would you know…

Congratulations Laura

05 Feb 2021
#Congratulations Laura   In a normal year, members of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) gather on the last Tuesday in January to discuss business.  On the agenda for this meeting is the formality of welcoming all of our successful probationary (probie) members to the team as fully fledged operational members.    #Congratulations Laura    However, for everyone throughout the Calder Valley and beyond, the past year has been anything but normal. For our newest team member Laura, our only 2020 new recruit, her journey into the team followed this pattern and was very different than expected.    Laura…
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