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Fire and Rescue Service strikes Gold

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strikes goldMID & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded the Gold level of the Corporate Health Standard.

The Corporate Health Standard is a Healthy Working Wales programme and a national mark of quality awarded at Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. The standard has become a pivotal benchmark of healthy working within Wales, with a number of private and public sector organisations committing to attaining the standard at its various levels. The service attained the Silver standard in October 2011, and has been aspiring to achieve the Gold level since.

The service was recently subject to an assessment by three assessors from Welsh Government to establish whether it had met the Gold Corporate Health Standard. The assessment reviewed the service arrangements for implementing standards of Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Corporate Risk, Human Resources, Communications, Nutrition and more across the whole service.

The Gold level only recognises employers who provide the highest standards of commitment towards the health and wellbeing of employees by providing a planned approach to promoting the general health of their employees. More importantly, the Corporate Health Standard brings together a whole host of healthy working arrangements under one single standard which needs to be evidenced as being within mainstream working practices in order to be recognised as effective.

As a result of this success, the service will receive official recognition at an awards ceremony to be held later in the year at a Healthy Working Wales Employer engagement event.

Head of Corporate Risk, Mydrian Harries, who has been leading the Corporate Health Standard said: “The service is thrilled with this Gold award and it speaks volumes about the dedication of all our staff in both contributing as well as maintaining a healthy work life balance. We are all extremely proud to have been recognised for achieving such a high standard and I can think of nothing better to start the year off!”

Chief Fire Officer Richard Smith commented: “I am extremely pleased with the success the service has obtained in achieving the Gold award within the Corporate Health Standard especially as I know how much commitment has been made by all those involved over the last few years.

“To receive this recognition is testimony to how our service continues to strive to provide the best possible arrangements for both our staff and our communities during such a challenging time of public sector finances and increased demands upon individual workloads”.

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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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County Hall in NHS blue lights tribute

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COUNTY HALL in Haverfordwest was lit in blue last night (Friday, 3rd July) and will be again tonight and tomorrow night as a tribute to NHS workers and social care staff throughout the country.

The illumination also marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday.

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock: “We owe these workers a great debt which will never be fully repaid and this gesture by the Council is richly deserved.”

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Cllr Beynon suspended as school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL said that they are unable to comment on the suspension of a Pembroke Dock councillor as a school governor.

Cllr Beynon confirmed that he has been suspended as a school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur.

“I’m looking forward until when the ombudsman throws out the complaints,” Cllr Beynon said.

Paul Dowson, a fellow Pembroke Dock councillor, recently resigned from the board of school governors of Ysgol Harri Tudur.

Cllr Dowson said after he resigned: “I feel a recent smear campaign reflects badly on the school even though its untrue.”

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