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Aberystwyth fire crews recognised

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FIRE CREWS in Aberystwyth have been recognised for their exceptional work in dealing with the hotel fire earlier this year.

In total, over 18 appliances and 110 Firefighters attended the scene. Rescuing a total of 12 individual from the fire and successfully prevented significant fire spread to adjoining properties.

The Chief Fire Officer’s Exceptional Achievement Award is awarded in recognition of an exceptional achievement in achieving MAWWFRS’s aims and objectives. This year, Chief Fire Officer Chris Davies determined that two teams were worthy of the award.

Without the quick thinking, skill and brave actions of this crew the outcome could have been so terribly different.
Members of the crew were recognised at the Celebrating Success event held on Friday, November 16.

It saw staff from across the brigade awarded for their tremendous efforts, outstanding commitment and continuous contribution to Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

The awards ceremony, which was held at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea and was hosted by BBC Sports presenter, Tomos Dafydd.

This is an opportunity for the team at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service to be recognised and awarded for the dedicated work they deliver daily to better serve the communities that they protect.

Also given a joint Individual Achievement Award was Ms Ingrid Pakkas of Caffi Tan in Aberystwyth Fire Station.

Ingrid has developed a highly successful community café at Aberystwyth Fire Station, introducing several sustainable initiatives, including; growing her own fruit and veg and ensuring that the café is plastic free.

That award was shared with Watch Manager Dave Latham of Newtown Fire Station.

The People’s Choice Award went to Aberystwyth Fire Station. This year the force asked members of the public nominate and vote for their People’s Choice.

Aberystwyth Station were nominated for a whole host of reasons, including their operational response, their involvement in the community and the addition of a community Café – the voting made them clear winners in this category.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service would like to take this opportunity to thank their sponsors for the evening; Insync Corporate Healthcare, Fireblitz, Link Asset Services, Centerprise International, Lawray Architects, Radiocoms, Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Star Trac, StairMaster, Nautilus, Schwinn and Core Health & Fitness.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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