Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A Fascinating Evening on Public Health...

Tonight we had Deborah Haynes from Wiltshire Council come to speak to us on Public Health issues including Pandemics, Viruses, and other nasties that could give us all a nasty surprise! Deborah's enthusiasm for her subject really shone through, and it was a really interesting evening to find out just what local Public Health has to plan for and how we might be able to help, from distributing leaflets, acting as flu buddies to helping to man rest centres.

A big thank you to Deborah for sparing an evening to come and talk to us - it was much appreciated and made a nice change from learning about floods and snow!!

Next month is Utilities failures. Wessex water have conformed their attendance. Just need to confirm SSEPD.

Kind Regards

Paul Robertson

Monday, 21 September 2015

Public Health Training Night....

On the 30th September we resume our training nights again and this time we are concentrating on Public Health. Pandemic Flu is the No 1 emergency planning risk so with the benefit of Deborah Haynes from Wiltshire Council's Public Health Team we are going to find out how the different agencies plan for such an event and what we as volunteers can do to help our local communities.

Should be an interesting night!

We're meeting at the Town Hall this month as the Fire station meeting room is currently being renovated

Look forward to seeing you there

Kind Regards

Paul Robertson

Senior CEV Coordinator.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Weather warning for Rain tomorrow...

There is a weather warning for heavy rain over Wiltshire and the South West for tomorrow and into thursday. (See Adjacent Met Office Weather warning widget. Take care when driving and avoid driving through flood water if you come across any.

Keep safe out there

Kind Regards

Paul Robertson

Senior CEV Coordinator

Sunday, 13 September 2015

The Emergency Services Show 2015....

Had a great time at the Emergency Services Show 2015 today. Bumped into some friends of ours including, Wiltshire Council Emergency Planning Team, The Environment Agency, British Red Cross, and Serve On. Also made contact with Wilsar and Wessex 4x4

The British Red Cross Stand (We'll happily take your floodsacks!)

The Local Resilience Forum Stand

Swindon's Community Resilience Mobile Command Post (Anyone fancy sponsoring one for us!)
The Police Community Volunteers have their own smart Volvo!
The Wilsar Stand (Hope to see them at our training evening in November)
Wiltshire Police's new bronze command vehicle (Only on its second outing - smelt very new inside!)
My children thought the best thing of the day was the ice cream and stone baked Pizzas! Oh well - I'll make volunteers of them yet!
Kind Regards
Paul Robertson
Senior CEV Coordinator

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Off to the Emergency Services Show today

Taking the family to the Emergency Services Show at Hullavington Airfield Wiltshire today. Lots to do for all the family! (Should be plentyof big boys toys on show as well! I you are going then pop into the Local Resilience Forum exhibit and see how you can help build community resilience in your local area

Kind Regards

Paul Robertson

CEV Coordinator

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Another Road Closure...

We have just completed a second road closure within a week to allow the town bridge lock up to have its official opening after renovation works. The volunteers manned the road closures and kept traffic off the bridge while the ribbon was cut before making sure the public were off the bridge and then allowing traffic to move again. A big thank you to PC Annetts and the team at BoA Police for providing a reassuring presence and offering some wise words of advice. We're starting to build some valuable experience now.

Monday, 7 September 2015

The Morning After...

Sorting out all our PPE after crowd marshalling for the cycle festival this lunch time

From This...

To this...
A volunteers work is never done!


An Offical Thank you...

Charlotte Forester from the Cycling Festival Organising Committee has passed on her thanks to all the volunteers who helped with crowd marshalling at the event. I think she'd like us back next year if that's ok with everyone!

Kind Regards

Paul Robertson

CEV Coordinator

Sunday, 6 September 2015

A Hard but Rewarding Day....

Our first major test for the volunteers was passed successfully today with the completion of Crowd Marshalling for the Cycle Hill Time Trial. Well done to the volunteers who came out and stood for nearly 5 hours in sweltering conditions (Those waterproof Hi Viz Trousers are a bit of an oven!)

Cyclists preparing for the assent

Our volunteers telling the public what's going on
Signs up from Wiltshire Council
Many thanks to the volunteers for their hard work and well done to the organising team. Plenty of lessons learned for next year!
Kind Regards
Paul Robertson
CEV Senior Coordinator

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Our First Major Event...

We will be crowd marshalling the local cycle festival and road closure this Sunday 6th Sept. Looking forward to getting out amongst the public and raising the profile of the volunteers. If you're there come and say hello!

Kind Regards

Paul Robertson

Senior Coordinator

A useful contact with the Canal volunteers...

Recently been contacted by the Kennet and Avon Canal volunteers with a view to co-operation in the future. Looking forward to meeting up with their volunteer coordinator in the near future.