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Cadets: Posing with their new uniform

PONTARDDULAIS FIRE CADETS have become the proud owners of brand new personal protection equipment, including Fire Kit and Uniforms, thanks to the kind support of Western Power Distribution (WPD).

The Cadets were presented with the new PPE kit and uniforms during their weekly drill night (Mar 20) and wasted no time in putting the new equipment through its paces.

Formed within the past 12 months, the Pontarddulais Fire Cadets Scheme provides training to young people, usually between the ages of 12 and 16 years. The training includes operational drills, first aid, fire safety education, leadership and much more.

The new uniforms were well received by the Pontarddulais Fire Cadets.

Fire Cadet Sam commented, “The uniform is really smart and keeps you warm. I’m looking forward to wearing the uniform when we represent Pontarddulais at competitions with other Fire Cadets.”

Fire Cadet Katie was delighted with her new uniform, saying: “I feel proud and a part of something when I’m wearing the uniform.”

Fire Cadet Ben said: “I enjoy coming to Fire Cadets to meet friends and learn new skills. These uniforms make us look smart and part of a team. Thank you WPD.”

Phil Davies, WPD’s Network Services Manager for Wales, said: “We were pleased to support the Cadets. We believe businesses like ours should play a full and active role in the communities they serve.

“We hope the values and behaviours the youngsters receive during their training will help them develop valuable expertise in terms of communication skills and team working, which will be useful in their future careers.”

Watch Manager Anthony Mathias said: “The Pontarddulais Fire Cadet Scheme has only been running for a few months, and we already have ten children enrolled in the Scheme.

“The support we have received from the community has been overwhelming, all our instructors are made up of operational on-call firefighters who offer their time voluntarily, whilst parents also volunteer their time to help.

“The generosity shown by WPD is unbelievable. With the Scheme still in its infancy, WPD have come along and fully sponsored the Fire Cadets Scheme, which is fantastic for the young people and allows the Scheme to flourish in the future.”

Elaine Williams, Youth Development Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are very grateful to WPD for supporting the Pontarddulais Fire Cadets. The Fire Cadets Scheme presents an opportunity for young people to develop self-confidence and respect for their communities.

“Cadets are encouraged to make the most of their physical and mental capabilities to become more responsible, safer and caring members of their communities. Those who successfully complete the scheme also gain a BTEC qualification.

“It is wonderful to receive WPD’s support for this scheme. I would encourage individuals, who wish to volunteer a few hours of their time each week, to support our Fire Cadets.”

Have you considered volunteering as a Fire Cadet Instructor?

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Cadets Scheme provides training and development opportunities for young people, principally through Fire and Rescue Service related activities such as fire safety in the home, arson reduction, anti-social behaviour and road traffic collisions.

MAWWFRS is currently recruiting for volunteer Fire Cadet Instructors at the following Fire Stations: Cymmer, Seven Sisters, Morriston and Abercrave.

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities



WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands



OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

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

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

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

This can also be done either online at:, by emailing 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 DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at:, by emailing, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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