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Police puppy put through his paces

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE’S newest recruit is being put through his paces to find out if he will become a fully-fledged Police Dog.

At just four-months-old, Billy is the youngest member of the force’s Dog Section. At the end of the summer he will face an assessment, and if he passes can then complete training to become a Police Dog (PD).

His handler, PC John Llewellyn, will spend this time getting Billy used to being around other dogs and police officers on duty:

“Billy has been living at home with my family and two other police dogs – PD Dash, who is also a Spaniel, and PD Cassie, a general purpose dog – for a few months.

“Until his assessment, I’ll take him out on operations and in to police stations. He’s always a welcome visitor and gets a lot of attention! It helps him too because it makes him more comfortable around people, which is important.

“Spaniels are the perfect breed for sniffing out drugs, cash, firearms or anything they are trained to, because their noses are so powerful.

“Billy will be assessed when he’s nearly one to see if he can be trained. If he can’t, sadly I’ll have to re home him. But I’m not thinking about that for now.”

Police Dogs are invaluable in helping the force protect their communities and safeguard vulnerable people.

Specialist sniffer dogs work as long as they are fit, well and able to carry out their duties. If Billy passes all of his training, he will replace PD Dash, who has worked with John for ten years.

Follow Billy’s progress and learn more about the work of Dyfed-Powys Police’s Dog Section by following @DPPoliceDogs on Twitter.

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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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