Monday, 30 May 2011
Coastguard teams have certain people to do carry out specialist tasks (tyre changes not included unless John is about) and when everyone pulls together the rescue runs very smoothly.
As I finished the end of month returns this morning, I added up the number of call outs each team member had attended and then I thought about applying points for call outs. Unlike formula one there isn't a second or third so everyone gets 25 points if they get call out.
Unlike this years formula one season, the race is wide open and yet again the Rockett is ahead of the game but only just. Previous years have seen a close race between Hudson and Simmons however they appear to me midfielders so far.
John In the pit lane for repairs
The season continues
Sunday, 29 May 2011
A report of flares in land close to Knitson farm. All was a little odd as the 1st informant told us what he had seen and having liaised with the local Police, it was put down as someone out shooting with red lights.
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Friday, 27 May 2011
A super turn out from the team - 10 team members so a big spring clean. During the clean a lamp which had appeared at the station took a shine to Brian.
Brian was going to take it home as a present to his family, however at the last minute he decided against it. The lamp didn't like this and decided to follow Brian to his car, only to be marched back in by Brian.......
The lamp got its revenge as we shall see!
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Our tasking brief from Portland MRCC was a young male at Studland with a serious head and neck injury, Ambulance on scene asking for assistance.
We headed off rather sharply thinking the worse. Having located the group at Fort Henry we asked the paramedics what had happened, thinking the young chap had perhaps fallen off fort Henry.
What we were told next rather shocked us, one of the school group had hit this chap over the head with a clip board, the metal clip had caused a very nasty cut to the head.
There was no doubt it was a nasty cut and made the young man pass out. Due to him collapsing he had to be treated for a neck injury so he was carefully prepared to be airlifted to Dorchester hospital.
A small prank that caused a nasty injury......not had one of these before!
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
A Petzl ID, typical of the type we use, although this is a library picture and not actually ours
Pretzels, typical of the type we eat at training, although this is a library picture and actually ours
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Whilst "doing the rounds" yesterday morning, yet again I wondered how we fitted into Peveril Point, may be we could have an exercise and ask the RNLI if we could borrow the building back and see how much stuff we could get back in?
As the Coastal Safety Manager said last week at the presentations, the building at North Beach Car Park saw an investment in the Coastguard Rescue Service in Swanage and when you look at the photo above you can see how important that investment was.
Peveril Point served the Coastguard very well but to meet its 21st Century obligations it had to move on.
Saturday, 21 May 2011
The best way to measure is to actually get up the scaffolding (safety boots and helmet, yes we have PPE at work also) and run a tape measure down the side of the building. So I ask the builders if I can go up on the scaffolding. At this point you normally you get a bit of banter from the builders
So, cue, good natured abuse, along the lines of. “Not scared of heights are we?”, “ooh it’s a lot higher than your desk!” etc, etc. Basically it gives them a good laugh to see an office-bod in a suit trying to get up a double ladder and onto scaffolding.
Sadly I disappointed them by bolting up the ladder and along the scaffolding, “ ...Oh, he’s done this before” said a builder. I laughed and explained that I was a volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officer and that their scaffolding was slightly lower than cliffs along the Dorset Coast.
After I finished the measuring we stood on the scaffolding and had a chat about the Coastguard. “What do you do?”, “Is it fun?” Sounds great! It was fair to say they were genuinely interested.
And best of all “How do I join?” So I explained.
Simply pop down or call your local coastguard station. Or visit the MCA website for more info.
Friday, 20 May 2011
The session itself was led by our sector manager Rob and concentrated on the identification and safe transport of time expired pyrotechnics. With the passing of each tide, there are always various bits of ordnace, flares, smokes etc that can get washed up, and each is dealt with in its own way according to the circumstances and just where abouts on the shoreline it appears.
Contrary to popular belief, members of the public cannot turn up at the Coastguard Station and ask us to dispose of out of date pyrotechnics; we are not equipped for this, so please do not ask!
In other news, the train riding pony has now been spotted at A&E and in his local pub, The White Horse, in Wrexham. Actually, I made the pub name up, it could just as easily be the Star, or The Rose and Crown, but it doesn't have the same appeal does it?
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Let's hope Portland MRCC are one of those chosen to be retained.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Man with Pony tries to board train in Wales
And since several of the guys on the team have an interest in railways (although none will actually admit it) it does have a slight relevance.
This is also the reason I am allowed only occasional access to the blog...
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Monday, 16 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
To honour this 30 year anniversary we have arranged a special evening tonight at one of Swanage's leading function and entertainment venues where we will also celebrate another 30 year anniversary and an equally special 20 year anniversary too, and we'll no doubt look back to the days when coastguarding was done in short shorts and in black and white as well.
Full report and pictures tomorrow, although its live on ITV and Sky if you want to see for yourself, kick off 3pm.
Other leading function and entertainment venues are available
Friday, 13 May 2011
Sorry for the lack of photos but we are all busy at the moment preparing for a special event tomorrow......tune in over the weekend to see what that is all about.
Thursday, 12 May 2011
One end of the patch to the other and a common problem for the Coastguard in deploying assets. Rescue 106 was tasked to the missing diver but thankfully the diver was located and taken back on board his boat.
This allowed the Coastguard team and lifeboats to continue searching the area. Whilst primarily we are there to assist in the search there is a secondary task to ensure the safety of others in the search, in this case Police officers also searching.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
And still not satisfied, our Blogmeister and Deputy Blogmeister are looking for a way of sending the rota and training invites automatically to the team via mobile phone and Google Calendars. Or perhaps they've just got one of Brian's jokes again...?
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Monday, 9 May 2011
Hopefully we will be able to undertake some cliff work and try and get more training for the Cliff Technicians and Operators. Basically Technicians go over while the Operators operate the rope and safety line from the top. I saw Rid earlier and he was looking forward to starting training towards his Technician ticket.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Like today when the lifeboat launched, the role of IRT was just to watch......watch the lifeboat and watch the yacht in trouble. Whilst technology has greatly improved and electronics monitor the lifeboat you can not beat the mark one eye ball (or in the case of the IRT 4 eye balls)
The IRT is the eyes and sometimes ears of the Maritime Rescue Centre at Weymouth. Situations can be reported back and this allows everyone to stay safe. From the vantage point high up on a cliff the IRT can also act as safety cover to ensure other vessels stay out the way of a rescue.
Friday, 6 May 2011
Well he's only been elected!
Which is great news.
I reckon that he'll make a damn fine Councillor as he really cares for the town and people of Swanage.
I'm sure they'll be a lots of supportive comments from the team at training next week .... Along with requests that pavements be fixed, more dog poo bins be provided, double yellow lines in Station Road etc. etc.
Well done Councillor Brown.
I'm told he's celebrating by going to the Swanage Railway Diesel Weekend and beer festival which is um ....this weekend.(see 'local link of the week' on the top right of the blog for more info)
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Nurdles are the raw material of plastic and how plastic is transported around the world to be made into products (a very simple explanation).
Now sadly these little bits of plastic are finding their way into the seas, incidents like the Napolli off the Devon coast saw several containers of these go into the sea. Fish and birds eat them and this kills them, many millions of them float around and come up on the beaches.
Now my friend has a super idea to help clear them up. When his children want an ice cream, they have to collect 100 of these little things before obtaining the funds to purchase the ice cream!
Simple and a good way to help the environment?
Health warning - these are very small and not to be eaten! Be careful when digging around in the tide line, there is often all sorts of rubbish mixed in with these. Wash hands before eating ice cream. This activity should always be done under the supervision of an adult!
Monday, 2 May 2011
This is in fact a 20mm anti aircraft round, fired around 70 years ago somewhere close to Studland. Possibly from the anti aircraft battery that was sited close to Studland village protecting the Royal Navy Cordite Factory at Holten Heath.
A member of the public spotted it and reported it to Dorset Police who called a Bomb Disposal Team (EOD Team). They decided it was best to get rid of it so two police officers, two Coastguards and two National Trust Wardens closed a small part of the beach for 10 minutes whilst the EOD team carried out a controlled explosion.
As you can see, these item are very real and still dangerous......Never touch them, call 999 and ask for the Police or Coastguard.
Age - Nearly 40!
Position in the Team - Station Officer or The Boss
Qualification - Officer in Charge, Technician, Operator. First Aid, 4 x 4 driver.
Nickname - Sir - plus others but I never hear them
Biscuit Eating Potential - Very High
Role in the team - Lead the team, custodian of the equipment at the station, attend local meetings on behalf of the Coastguard. PACT chairman, COMAH meetings, Chief Cleaner (suffers from OCD at the station).