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Free ‘first at the scene’ training for motorcyclists

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A FREE training course for motorcyclists is to be held in Aberystwyth Fire Station on 13 December from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Biker Down is a training course to help motorcyclists gain skills should they be ‘first at the scene’ of a road accident involving another biker. The course uses the expertise of the Emergency Services and Road Safety Officers to prepare motorcyclists should the worst happen on the roads.

As bikers tend to ride in groups or pairs, when one is involved in an accident, the first person on the scene may well be a fellow biker. Actions taken in the first few moments after an accident can be crucial in minimising injuries and can make a real difference to the lives of those involved.

There may be some uncertainty about what to do in these situations. Biker Down is run by bikers for bikers, designed to answer any of these uncertainties. The course is delivered by Nigel Bowden from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Ken Huntley, an Advanced Driving Instructor and Enhanced Rider Scheme trainer. The course is organised by Ceredigion County Council’s Road Safety Team.

The course contains three modules which are Incident Scene Management, First Aid and the Science of Being Seen.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Environmental Services said, “Statistics sadly show that although motorcyclists account for a small percentage of traffic in Wales, they represent a far higher share of killed or seriously injured casualties. Being prepared for every eventuality is essential as a motorcyclist. This course offers people the chance to learn the practical skills needed, should they find themselves the first on the scene of a crash.”

Thanks to Road Safety Grant funding from Welsh Government, the course is free of charge. On completion of the course, the participants will get a free first aid kit.

To book a place on the Biker Down course, call 01545 570881 or use the online contact form on the Ceredigion County Council website.

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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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