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Wrong fuel costs ambulance service

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Ambulance serviceFIGURES released by the Wales Ambulance service have revealed that since 2012, ambulance vehicles have been misfuelled on 30 occasions.

The figures were obtained under a Freedom of Information request and shows that the misfuelling has cost the service more than £10,000.

Behind the Welsh Ambulance Service is a 700-strong fleet of vehicles, including more than 400 emergency vehicles and 300 non-emergency vehicles.

Their ultra-modern vehicles not only ensure that they can get to patients safely and quickly, but they carry all the life-saving equipment needed to treat them when we get there.

The service takes great pride in its fleet but sometimes, on rare occasions, diesel vehicles are fuelled with petrol in error.

This wastes resources and takes time to put right, which is why they’re trialling lots of new things to prevent it from happening.

Every vehicle’s fuel cap is labelled with ‘diesel’ to remind staff to use the correct fuel.

They’ve piloted three ‘anti-misfuel devices’ which prevent the wrong nozzle being inserted into the fuel filler neck – each with mixed success.

The vehicles’ manufacturer is now developing its own version which will come as standard on any new vehicle, which should make misfuelling a thing of the past.

In the past, some of the vehicles have also been fitted with an audible warning device whenever the fuel cap is opened and again, this had had varied success.

Heather Ransom, the Trust’s Head of Resources, said: “Unfortunately mistakes happen and, on occasion, our diesel-filled vehicles have been fuelled with petrol by accident.

“This is unfortunate but we have to remember that our staff are only human, and mistakes are made.

“Thankfully this problem is few and far between and whenever there has been an error, we always remind staff of their responsibilities to put the correct fuel in the vehicles.”

The Welsh Ambulance Service has invested more than £6 million in an upgrade of its fleet in the last year, and have employed four new apprentices at their in-house workshops in Bangor, Wrexham, Cardiff and Blackwood to ensure the service runs smoothly and efficiently.

For the three-year period in question, they’ve spent in the region of £18m on fuel.

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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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 Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

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

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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: 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 DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

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

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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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: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, 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 crimestoppers-uk.org.

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