Friday, 31 October 2008
Thursday, 30 October 2008
Now Chester may seem a strange location to hold a conference for the Coastguard, but remember colleagues from Scotland also attended and it took them 2 days to get there!
Food was excellent, shame the plates were too small for some.It started snowing, so we had to pop out and have a play in it, sadly not enough for a snowman.
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Not that I'm too worried as the station will be in the good hands of Mr Bentham, the chief biscuit buyer on the station.
Of course things will be done to a high standard without any problems.....won't they?
Saturday, 25 October 2008
On arrival I found a large crane and loads of people working hard.
Grabbing Lionel out of a meeting, I discovered whilst lifting in one of the stabs last week one broke and this basically stopped the whole project until a replacement was made.
The replacement turned up and this time they used a crane to lift them in.
He hopes to have the bricklayers in as soon as possible now to see if they can catch up on the work.
Friday, 24 October 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Now Austen Rockett jumps over cliffs in the dark to save people, (with a rope!) so has absolutely no fear. He decided to tackle the situation straight on by trying out his French:-
“Je devrais aimer un chat de chocolat”
I should like a chocolate cat.
“Mon crossiant est coincé vers le haut d'un arbre”
My crossiant is stuck up a tree.
“Monsieur, votre pantalon sont sur le feu”
Sir, your trousers are on fire.
Luckily Tom Simmons had a far better command of this fine language.
“Veuillez faire attention les falaises sont très ‘slippy’. Veuillez le noter sera bientôt foncé”!
Please be careful the cliffs are very slippy; please be advised it will soon be dark
‘WOW! Did you learn that at school?’ Austen asked.
‘Nope’ said Tom, ‘I picked it up on my trip to the Moulin Rouge last year.’
What a team!
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Police are on the lookout for a German lady called Nina who apparently now has only 94 Red Balloons.
See her naff 80's hit here: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=14IRDDnEPR4
Tomorrow Rockett and Simmons take on the French!
Monday, 20 October 2008
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Friday, 17 October 2008
We’ll have to see whether they can catch up in the next few weeks.
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Taken from the reporter, there seems to be a problem with the lighting when flying at night whilst landing or taking off.
Nothing official has come through, but safety first and whilst this little problem is resolved they have brought one of the old aircraft back to fly at night.
Monday, 13 October 2008
Remind me that this is October?
Anvil Point Lighthouse from a slightly different view
You really do not normally get weather like this in October, its normally rather windy and wet?
Sunday, 12 October 2008
We Coastguards undergo a lot of training!
As a Cliff and Search team we train under two main headings, strangely enough cliff and search techniques. Within each of these groups are 30 or so sub-groups or competencies that need to be learnt and then properly demonstrated in order to be signed off as proficient. Examples include the obvious ones:
First Aid, Ropes and Knots, Radio use
And less obvious ones :
Flares and Pyrotechnics, Helicopter Operations and Making Tea (Although as a Probationary Officer I reckon that this is just a made up one)
Sounds relatively simple? Well we have one or two 2 hour training sessions a month and so training is intense and realistic. (See flares and pyrotechnics training tomorrow!)
In order to make this amount of training more manageable it is broken down into different slices …a bit like a pizza ….every training session is varied with different learning objectives or topping, sorry topics being taught……again a bit like a pizza.
…and who better to deliver this training than our very own Pizza Delivery Chap – Station Officer Ian Brown.
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Sadly the 1st thing to take place was tea and cake, sadly some had more than one! (or two)
Rumour had it that Eric dropped a £5 note?
Not sure what Rid was trying to prove here?
Anyway, we finally got down to business and wrapped ourselves up in bandages and passed that part of the assessment.
Thursday, 9 October 2008
At first I thought it was a dog swimming, but then I realised it was a seal. (sorry about the picture you can see its head just above the 3rd wooden pile)
Now it was on the 14th October 2006 that we found a baby seal on the beach under the Grand Hotel, is this mother returning again?
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
It was assessment night for using the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and I'm pleased to say that the team members all passed.
Just a couple more assessments to do on other bits and pieces, a Hep B jab! and the Coastguard and Ambulance service signing an agreement and we will then be allowed to carry this and other vital life saving pieces of equipment on our vehicle.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
The answer was normally a search for a missing diver or a cliff rescue, that was until the evening of the 7th October 2004, events that day took a respected friend away from me and the team.
I was about to leave for work and walking down my footpath to the gate when my mobile rang, it was Dave Ogden (the DSO at that time), his voice was unusual that night, what he was about to say crashed my world in a flash, one of our team had died.
Mike (Spike) Williamson had been in town with friends when he collapsed and died, despite the efforts of the Ambulance crew.
Spike was born on the 31st December 1952, and joined the Coastguard on the 28th June 1974, he had just completed his 30th year in the Coastguard. A plumber by trade, but known more recently as the assistant pier master, he was a man of few words but huge actions,.
I had never dealt with anything like that before, Spike was the key member of the team, well respected and liked, steering the team during the week up to the funeral was difficult, going through Spike personal effects was something I hope I never have to do again.
So now when I get asked , "what is the hardest thing I have ever done in the Coastguard", it's no longer a rescue, its the loss of a friend.
Monday, 6 October 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
View from the vehicle bay through to the toilet block