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TATA fire update

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_88211711_captureAT 8.02am on Thursday morning (11/02/2016) Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service attended to a fire at TATA Steelworks in Port Talbot.

The fire originated in the gas supply pipe in the coke area of the plant.

The fire was attended by appliances from Port Talbot, Neath, Kenfig Hill, and Morriston, while Swansea West attended with an Ariel appliance and Ammanford attended the incident with a High Volume Pump. Firefighters extinguished the fire using 1 main jet and 1 ground monitor.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 5.37pm to monitor the incident.

MAWWFRS Corporate Head of resources, Iwan Cray said,

“Our crews did respond and react exceptionally well to the incident, which commenced following a power failure on site. The imagery of the scene was spectacular and thus triggered reactions from individuals who were miles away but our crews were very quick to instigate their reactive skills, applying knowledge and understanding of the risks faced to ensure a very rapid containment of the incident.

Our crews then worked with TATA steel staff to make the area safe and to restore business as usual functionality for the company.

The collaborative training and close working relationship that our crews have with TATA steel contributed significantly to the positive outcome of this incident”.

Head of Response Neath Port Talbot Command, Peter Greenslade said,

“Fire Service personal in conjunction with TATA Steel’s specialist team coordinated and managed a rapid response to the incident. Ultimately, allowing normal work to resume at the plant as soon as was safe to”.

TATA Steel External Communications Manager, Robert Dangerfield added,

“We worked in partnership with MWWFRS in managing the incident yesterday. Our safety procedures were deployed and nobody was hurt.

The works continues to operate as-normal, and those affected areas have been brought back into operation as soon as possible. Investigations are still under way, working with relevant business partners, into the cause of the incident.”

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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