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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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Ethiopian sailor absconds from ship docked at Valero

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A SEARCH is underway for an Ethiopian sailor who has failed to return to his vessel after taking shore leave from a ship berthed in Pembrokeshire.

The male, who is understood to be a cadet in his twenties, was a crew member on the Perseus-N; a chemical products ship.

He failed to return to the ship on Tuesday night after 9pm (Aug 20).

The Liberian tanker has already left Milford Haven without the missing member of crew.

The Herald understands that the missing man was with a group of other sailors from the ship in the Milford Haven Marina leisure facilities.

The group then headed to Tesco in Milford Haven, where all went in to the store except the missing sailor who slipped away, according to CCTV which was checked by police.

Border Force have been contacted for a comment in relation to the incident.

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Former Chequers nightclub to reopen

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AN APPLICATION for a new premises licence for the former Chequers night club succeeded at a meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s Licensing sub-committee on Thursday (Aug 22).

The former nightclub closed its doors for the last time in 2003, when it ran as a private members’ club, having had an application for a full on-licence rejected.

After failing in an attempt to close the club on that occasion, Pembrokeshire County Council became the only local authority in Wales to classify mobile homes as permanent residences in an effort to shut down the club once and for all.

The new applicant, Mrs Carmen Clemas applied for a new premises licence in respect of the club, which will be renamed the Queen of Clubs.

The Committee heard objections to the licence from local residents and heard representations from both the Police and Fire Service which pointed out that the building would need significant remedial works to it before it could re-open.

While Penally Community Council objected on the basis of events and problems at the premises almost twenty years ago, neither the Police nor Fire Service had an objection to the Club’s re-opening in principle.

Both emergency services emphasised that, even though they had no objections, they had concerns that had to be addressed.

The Committee granted the application, refusing permission for licensable activities at the Club on Sundays, apart from Sundays before Bank Holidays, and imposing strict noise control measures.

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St Davids RNLI to feature in new series of a popular TV documentary

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THE volunteer lifeboat crew of St Davids RNLI will be taking to the small screen next week as they will feature twice in the first episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea.

Now in its fourth season the documentary series, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), will be aired on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8 pm, as well as being available on the BBC iPlayer following the broadcast. The new 10-part series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland – including St Davids RNLI.

Each programme gives a unique insight into the lives and work of the charity’s lifesavers who are needed more than ever before, rescuing thousands of people and saving hundreds of lives around our coastline and on inland waterways every year. The new series features more dramatic real-life rescue footage, accompanied by emotive testimonials from the volunteer crews, lifeguards and the people they rescue and their families.

This forthcoming episode, on 27 August, sees St Davids RNLI launch to a crashed plane in one shout, and tow a yacht stranded in a shipping lane in another. These shouts are shown alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.

Judd Kohler, Station Mechanic at St Davids Lifeboat Station, said: “The first episode of Saving Lives at Sea shows two very different shouts that St Davids RNLI responded to. The programme is a great chance for RNLI supporters to catch a glimpse of the work that their kind donations go towards. We want to say a huge thank you to supporters of the RNLI, who help us to save lives at sea.”

Filming took place over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited, and we get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the thousands of men and women who give up their time to save lives.

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 9,412 people, saving 211 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 32,207 people and saved 118 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

Saving Lives at Sea begins on Tuesday 27 August at 8 pm on BBC Two, and will continue throughout August, September and October.

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