A STALWART of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, Mr Peter Smith has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Peter received his ward for his 40 years’ service to the mountain search and rescue service in England and Wales.
Of the 40 years that Peter has devoted to mountain rescue, 30 of them were spent with Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, based at Mytholmroyd.
Lengthy terms as leader and chairman involved him in numerous incidents in the Pennine, hills assisting walkers and climbers who were missing or injured.
Responding to incidents often impinges upon family and social life as well as disrupting the relationship between employer and employee because, although voluntary, team members have to drop everything immediately knowing that the casualty can’t be “put on hold” pending a more convenient time, said Peter.
An essential part of team life is training in the appropriate skills and Peter developed national courses that focussed upon uniformity and commonality thereby ensuring consistency for all responses, regardless of location.
Ten years ago Peter decided to stand down from the team call-out list in order to take on his current role of National Secretary which occupies a great deal of his time communicating with the 57 teams across the country and setting up a variety of events.
As he celebrated at home with a champagne breakfast, Peter said: “I am immensely proud to receive the OBE and it is especially significant during Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. Two weeks ago my wife Tina and I were thrilled to be part of a Mountain Rescue contingent invited to attend the Diamond Jubilee Concert at The Palace.
“We shall be returning to London shortly to attend the investiture at St James’s Palace.”