Monday, 28 April 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
When we set up the rope rescue equipment, the 1st new piece of equipment to come out of the vehicle is this new "Orange" sheet.
Made of tough plastic, its pinned down and the equipment is laid out so it can be used easier rather than trying to grab bits out the vehicle which often gets rather chaotic.
And the name of this important piece of equipment?
Friday, 25 April 2008
Just to the left of the boat park slipway (as you look out to sea) is a small set of rocks called locally as the 'Berry'.
For many years this had a pole on it to mark this small and troublesome set of rocks, however in recent years that pole has gone.
For many a visitor to the town launching their boat from the slip, tide and wind waits for no one and on a Saturday afternoon sat at the angling club you watch the odd boat drift or be steered by accident on to the rocks despite all the vocal comments of those on the shore.
At today's beach users meeting, there were discussions about putting the pole back however who was responsible? Who put the pole there is 1st place? Who put the traffic cone on it a few years back? Well hopefully an answer will be found soon and if deemed necessary to warn a small craft about to land then hopefully it will be replaced.
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Monday, 21 April 2008
Having official moved over to the new equipment, this meant the removal of the old stuff.
Its not quite as simple as throwing it away, each item has a certificate which needs signing and confirming its withdrawal from service.
Also the Agency has insisted that the Sector Managers confirm its withdrawal and correct disposal as quite rightly they don't want these items being used anymore, IE not appearing on eBay or being used for climbing.
So once this has been done, the metal work will be sent for recycling and the ropes (that's over 1200 metres of rope just for our station) will be used once more when we lift some fossils for a special project and then hopefully they are going to be sent to Monkey World at Wool where another group of primates will be able to use them!
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Saturday, 19 April 2008
The good news was........
This week the MCA (The Maritime & Coastguard Agency) instructed the building consultants to go to tender to find someone to build the new station.
As this is a large project, this process will take about 5 weeks to happen, 3 weeks for companies to put a tender in and the 2 weeks for the tenders to be chosen.
This is another huge step forward in the building project as once the tender is accepted.......the ground will be broken and building started.
Before anyone starts writing to us (the Swanage Team), can I point out we have nothing to do with the selection of a builder, in fact technically we are not allowed to visit the site until the building is handed over to MCA!
Friday, 18 April 2008
This now means the team are authorised to use the new equipment "in anger" and don't have to use two sets of equipment.
But it doesn't stop there!
Having passed the assessments, we start practising on our "hot spots", Old Harry, Ballard, the Downs and Anvil Point.
To all the team (and families as we have had some long training sessions) Well done and thank you.
And to top that we got some even better news so you better log on tomorrow for that!
Thursday, 17 April 2008
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Assessor: -“Right, I need a loop in the middle of this rope, the rope needs to run straight, it needs to be untied easily under sever load, and take a three way loading…what do you suggest?”
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Monday, 14 April 2008
Congratulations to Sarah And Phil Graves on the birth of their son, Benjamin who arrived safe and well yesterday.
Another potential team member in 16 years then!!
Sunday, 13 April 2008
We live in one of the best parts of the country (my opinion), one of the best vantage points in the patch is Ballard Down.
Either looking down into Swanage or into Poole Harbour it has one of the best 360 degree views I know...and its our patch to patrol!
Saturday, 12 April 2008
Friday, 11 April 2008
Thursday, 10 April 2008
This strike will last 24 hours until 07.00 Saturday12th April
Plans are again in place in ensure the safety of the public, 999 calls will be answered as normal.
We again confirm that Coastguard Rescue Teams remain on call during this period and are not part of this strike action.
Now the reader would be forgiven in thinking we just sit there on training nights, pigging on chocolate and biscuits and that we must all be 20 stone porkers…not the case! It’s actually mainly there for three reasons:- (i) team morale (ii) to keep the energy levels of the team up during lengthy searches operations, and (iii) to be available for casualties if necessary.
Obviously if you’re suffering from full on hypothermia, the last thing you need is a Lion Bar stuffed in your mouth. But take the Kayakers earlier this year, (see previous blog) they were cold and wet after two hours of carrying their kayaks, and what they needed was a Mars Bar, a Bounty and a hot cup of tea.
Reminder to myself: Must have a word with Mr Bentham, (Chocolate and Biscuit Officer) about the Curly Wurlies.
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Most of the training this year has been based on the new cliff equipment; and for a change the Station Officer (SO) decided we needed a change. So it was off on the cliffs to revisit our off road driving skills and to improve knowledge of the local area, notably the cliffs and walks around the quarries west of Anvil Point. He also wanted to reinforce the point that if the terrain looks too tricky for a vehicle then get out and walk…obviously this lesson had nothing to do with the team getting the truck stuck twice in two weeks…well at least we’re consistent!
So eight men in two 4wds driving round the cliff top spotting new routes, revisiting old routes and checking we have the necessary keys for all the padlocked gates.
…and no one got a vehicle stuck! Sounds fun…and it was…but useful training as the tracks are muddy and difficult to negotiate, even more so in the dark under rescue conditions.
And then back to the station to wash the vehicle off….although it appears John is sweeping stuff up again. He’s got a habit of doing that!
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Sunday, 6 April 2008
Friday, 4 April 2008
"another tragedy for climbers at Durlston" and
"why not simply prohibit rock climbing at Durlston"
"Then there is the risk to rescue teams and the huge cost involved"
So far I have resisted the temptation to respond to the author of these letters...until now.
I guess the author is referring to the incident in January when sadly two people lost their lives at Durlston within an hour of each other.
One of those persons was NOT a climber and we await the full findings of HM Coroner.
Since January I'm aware of eight road deaths, let alone serious injuries in Dorset, shall we ban driving in Dorset?
We have had several dogs go over the cliffs, a few divers over the years and a fair few marine related incidents.....do they need looking at?
Risk to rescue teams - Yes there is a risk, there is a risk every time anyone steps outside the front door however we assess every stage of an incident to reduce the risks involved, having trained very hard to a high standard.
Cost, clearly the author of the letters knows more than me regarding these "costs" however my simple reply is this "what is the cost to save a life", in my book "priceless".
Thursday, 3 April 2008
…..reach for the phone
…..oh it’s alright it’s the Swanage Sea Rowing Club (SSRC) ladies team practising in the bay!
Which reminds me; I hear on the grape vine that SSRC have overcome their first big hurdle in securing a much needed ‘Gig Shed’. Gig? – Yes, you know big long boat from Cornwall.
Swanage Town Council have apparently agreed in principle to support a scheme to develop on land opposite the Pierhead building; great stuff!...nice to see the Town Council supporting this project!
Now it’s up to the club to liaise with the Planners at Purbeck District Council to find an acceptable scheme. Not easy given the site is outside the ‘settlement boundary’ of the town and therefore normally protected from non-essential development. But in this case SSRC have a very strong case and importantly community support. Well done chaps, especially Bryan Taylor who’s worked so hard on this.
See more at:- http://www.ssrc.org.uk/
Oh and as a Cornishman it’s great to see Cornish Pilot Gigs in Swanage!
Wednesday, 2 April 2008
Right......that's enough on that subject back to normal tomorrow.
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
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