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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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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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