Last night a team member was made aware that some needles had been placed in a dog waste bin near to the Mowlem.
Whilst a member of public had acted in good faith in removing them from a public place , this bin is not the correct storage container and the risk of injury when emptied was serious enough to act straight away.
The Town Council ( owners of the bin) were immediately informed and the team sealed the container until it can be safely emptied.
Normally the local environmental health team would arrange removal of needles in a public place.
Update - pleased to say that the Town Council have confirmed they were not needles but spikes to stop birds landing on buildings. The bin is back in service.
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It's a cold grey March Sunday morning......8.30am to be precise.
What else would two Volunteer Coastguard teams be doing on the top of St Albans head?
Yes the Swanage and St Albans teams were being put through their paces to show our SCOO we can carry out all aspects of our rope work.
Accompanied Descent ( that's two persons going over the cliff in non CG talk)
The Technician ( CG going over the cliff) being checked before descending
Not quite the kitchen sink , but a stretcher, first aid bag , casualty helmet, enough metal work to get you up and down the lines and 7 other Coastguards looking after you and the Technician is ready to rescue the casualty.
After 5 hours, Operators, Technicians and OIC's had all passed.
A great morning, thanks to all the team members , Allan our SCOO for giving up their weekend, the nice race organisers who kindly provided some of the team tea, 300 race competitors who were running past and NCI St Albans for the use of the facilities!
The Swanage Community Defibrillator Partnership (SCDP) has been established by a group of representatives from local organisations seeking to purchase and maintain strategically located Lifesaving equipment for the town and neighbouring villages.
Currently in Swanage we have three public accessed defibrillators that can be accessed 24 hours a day via 999 and the Ambulance Service.
By calling 999 you get the assistance on the way and the access code for the cabinets to release the defibrillator.
Currently the devices are outside at.
The Masonic Lodge Marshall Row Swanage ( different to the device shown )
Swanage Coastguard Station, North Beach Car Park De Moulham Road
Ulwell Cottage Caravan Site , Ulwell Road
There are other devices which include one at the Tourist Information Centre Shore Road, but these are only available when the premises are open.
With Swanage being at the end of the Purbeck peninsula and with an ageing demographic , rapid access to such equipment can and will save lives.
The initial aim of 'SCDP' is to raise funds to install 3 further devices for the town.
These locations are Station Road , Herston and one for local groups to use at events.
It's not only the defibrillator that's important in a life saving emergency it's also CPR, and the partnership will hopefully hold some workshops to encourage and make people aware of how to use defibrillators.
Today ( 18th March ) the Partnership has placed its first order of one device and two cabinets. This was after a very generous donation from a local business, and working with the Town Council and Swanage Railway the location of the device will be at the top of Station Road.
The second cabinet will replace the current one at the Coastguard Station to bring it up to the new standards of having to have a heated cabinet.
The cabinets are easily recognised like this one at Lyme Regis
The partnership has a lot more work to register the devices with the Ambulance service, create its own website, fund raise, install the cabinets and provide awareness education on CPR and the device.
Many Swanage groups , agencies, and people have been involved and SCDP wish to thank you all so far.
Donations can be made via Corben's 41 Station Road Swanage.
Following an extensive search involving Dorset Police, National Police Air Service and HM Coastguard, a vehicle has been located in the Wareham area.
Dorset Police would like to thank the public for their support and request that the public do not go out searching while specialist teams are still working in the area. Support has also been requested from Kimmeridge and Lulworth Coastguard teams and also Dorset Search and Rescue