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sNOw problem for Powys multi agencies

05/03/2018 15:00

The ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma have hit our communities hard over the past week. Yet, during the period of heavy snow fall and strong winds, multi-agency collaboration efforts, within Powys, have ensured that the Emergency Services have been able to protect and care for those most in need in the County.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Quin said “Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service often work with other Emergency Services, Local Authorities and partners to provide the best level of response to our communities. But during challenging periods, such as the recent adverse weather, it is even more significant to work together for the benefit of the people who live and work in our service area.

We are grateful to Powys County Council for clearing the main road and roundabout outside our Fire Station at Llandrindod Wells and also to the Welsh Ambulance Service who ploughed the snow away from the yard at the Station.

We ourselves were more than delighted to assist Powys Teaching Health Board on Thursday, 1st March 2018, by providing a 4x4 capability to transport 3 nurses from their homes to Brecon and Bronllys Hospitals, in time for their night shift.”

Meanwhile, in the north of the County, Newtown firefighters delivered nearly 100 food parcels, donated by Morrisons, to residents of surrounding villages who were unable to leave their homes.

On-Call Watch Manager David Latham said, “I’d like to thank Morrisons for providing these food parcels. Our firefighters at Newtown were well equipped with a 4x4 vehicle to deliver the food to those most in need and, whilst delivering the parcels, we came across numerous examples of people helping others during this challenging period. Despite the cold weather, our crews received a warm welcome by everyone. This sense of community spirit is why our crews, across Powys, serve as on-call firefighters. We live and work within our communities and are honoured to serve them in this capacity.

If you are interested in helping others as an on-call Firefighter, contact our recruitment team on 01267 226832 or email​.”

For more information about the role of an on-call firefighter, visit the MAWWFRS website to view a series of videos explaining the role