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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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Teenage passenger dies in A487 crash – police appealing for help

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DYFED POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred at around 10pm last night (Saturday, November 16) on the A487 at Commins Coch, Aberystwyth.

The collision involved two vehicles – a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling out of Aberystwyth heading towards the general direction of Bow Street, and a silver Audi A6.

Sadly, an 18-year-old sustained fatal injuries and passed away at hospital this morning. She was a passenger in the Vauxhall Astra.

Several casualties were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision or the vehicles involved, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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