Search team’s new 4x4 comes in wheely handy

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A RESCUE vehicle donated to life-saving volunteers has already been put to use - in the middle of an evening to mark its hand over.

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team had organised a reception to thank West Yorkshire Freemasons for a £30,000 grant given towards buying and converting a Land Rover to be used as a mountain rescue response vehicle when they were called out.

Also invited to the event at the team’s rescue post in Mytholmroyd were the people who had worked on converting the vehicle and other local businesses interested in learning more about the work the volunteers do.

But as guests were arriving, the team’s pagers sounded to an emergency call.

Chairman of the team Pete Farnell said: “A mountain biker had come off his bike on the track that runs down towards Hebden Bridge from Heptonstall Quarry.

“So the Land Rover was immediately despatched to the scene where the injured man was treated and then carried down to Heptonstall Road where he was loaded into an ambulance for transfer to hospital where his injuries could be treated.

“The vehicle and crew then returned to the rescue post where we were just in time to complete the formalities.”

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team is made up of around 50 volunteers who are trained to search and rescue people around the South Pennine moors, as well as searching for missing people in urban areas and evacuating people who are hurt, often from places the ambulance cannot reach.

Their services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.