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Working together for Alcohol Awareness Week

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Raising awareness: At Tesco in Cardigan

Raising awareness: At Tesco in Cardigan

AS PART of Alcohol Awareness Week, police officers raised awareness of alcohol abuse and the dangers of drink-driving in Ceredigion.

This year’s theme is ‘Let’s talk about drinking’ and Alcohol Awareness and Road Safety Officers from Ceredigion County Council and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Services recently took the message to Tesco in Cardigan.

They used replica drinks and drink measures to illustrate how alcohol can affect drivers, and raised awareness of non-alcoholic cocktails to promote safer alternatives. There’s compelling evidence to show that drinking over the recommended limits every day or on most days increases the risk of liver disease. Making some simple adjustments to the way you drink can make a difference.

Rhodri Evans, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Lifestyle Services said: “Events like this help promote the safe use of alcohol while making people aware of the negative impact that alcohol misuse can have on individuals, families and communities in Ceredigion.”

The new recommended guidelines state that men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week, which is the equivalent of a bottle and a half of wine over the course of a week. Guidance also states that it’s best not to “save up units” and drink them all in one go and by having at least 2 alcohol-free days a week the risk of liver disease and other diseases such as cancer and stroke is substantially reduced.

Charlotte Leonard, Community Safety Assistant of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We urge all motorists to know the dangers of drink-driving. There is no failsafe guide as to how much you can drink and still drive safely, and you could still be over the limit the morning after. If you are out drinking alcohol, you should make arrangements to get home safely, whether that is using a designated driver, a taxi or public transport.”

For more ideas and to work out how much you’re drinking, visit www.change4lifewales.org.uk then click on ‘adults’. Don’t let alcohol take control of your life, catch it out and cut back.

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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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