Saturday, 31 January 2009
Friday, 30 January 2009
Please note Tom's foot wear!
I drove the vehicle in for the 1st time and it fits a treat.
There is room to move around the vehicle
The water meters had to be read......not in the best spot to read as you have to dodge the traffic coming out of the car park!
But then a slight issue, some of the paper work for the toilets hadn't arrived and we had a two hour wait whilst lots of phone calls were made, sadly an agreement couldn't be quite made so the keys have not been handed over and we are unable to move in yet.
Hopefully as I write this missing paperwork is being faxed across the county and we will try again next week.
Ian Brown centre, Austen 'Ferrero Roche' right of centre.
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
The story was like this...."well I got back to Swanage and realised I had left my keys at work and his wife wasn't home till 9pm"
O dear, of course we are far to good not to take the mickey re the colour of the shirt....clearly a part of the uniform for a planning officer.
Gareth has worked very hard for the team and assisted me immensely with various bits towards the station, blog and biscuit eating despite working full time out of Swanage.
Thanks Gareth we won't mention the shirt again I promise....(I know his revenge will be soon!)
To save paint, they just re painted the square they had cut through, leaving part of the faded one.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
The "snagging" went ahead and there were only some minor issues which are being addressed as we speak.
The cleaner were in doing a big clean.
Today is ‘snagging day’ up at the new station – for the non builders - this when the project manager meets with the construction team to assess the building and produce a list of quality defects at the end of a build process. Examples might include something minor like broken bricks, or the garage doors not being securely bolted to the outer walls! Or even a water pipe that comes up in the middle of a cupboard!
Anyway we have a builder on the team; who better than Eric to snag the building. Most snags can be put right and as a team member rightly says ‘…men are not robots’, so you should expect some defects.
A Famous Robot
Monday, 26 January 2009
A full consultation had been undertaken by the planning case officer, Mrs Drane, who notified neighbours and Swanage Town Council. It looks like no objections were raised and she kindly recommended that it be granted approval; thanks.
The pole is to provide the station with VHF radio communications. Initially it was thought that a smaller whip antenna much like that on our current station would provide radio coverage, but the location of the station has meant the need for the pole.
To be fair the antenna does not receive a lot of use other than in an emergency situation. This is normally confined to the 2-3 minutes when the team arrive on station and during the moments it takes to organise the team, seek further details from the ops room and get the rescue truck and team on the road. Once on the road we can use the VHF in the truck or our handhelds.
Sunday, 25 January 2009
There were lots of people looking around the outside of the new Coastguard Station today, trying to peer through the windows; nothing untoward, just interested. (…and I do mean lots 30 +)
The number of people who sneaked around the back of the building to have a look, and then ran off after seeing the security cameras did make me laugh! These cameras are tamperproof and linked through to Portland Operations room that can task either us or the Police in the event of an incident. They’ve got some night vision thingy on them so Portland will probably be able to watch the foxes and badgers that live locally – Bill Odie styleee.
Sadly I haven’t got a photo of what happened when the actual fence came down so have had to improvise. Please bare with me, I know it’s a wall, and loads of Germans but it’s the best I can do.
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Well at some point today I'm pleased to say that the cabins will disappear.
The fence will be coming down and then the car park cleaned.
Thank you for putting up with the building work.
Thursday, 22 January 2009
So how do you capture our history?
A painting I thought, so I approached Antonia Phillips down by the Quay, who has painted some lovely things around our town.
After several meetings and exchange of photos, Antonia has come up with something very special to mark our move.
So not to spoil the surprise we will revisit the various pictures in time, but its brilliant and the detail it excellent.
Antonia is an excellent local artist, you can see more of her work at http://www.antoniaphillips.co.uk/
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
On the quay next to the old lifeboat house is a plaque to the US Coastguard, marking their work from Poole during the D Day landing.
I like the Latin phrase at the bottom - Semper Paralus or "always prepared"
On return I had a look on the Web and found this on the official US Coastguard history web site.
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One at Normandy:
A Historic Photo Gallery
During the spring of 1944, prior to the onset of Operation Overlord, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the Coast Guard to provide search and rescue craft for the invasion. The Coast Guard had a fleet of 83-foot wooden-hulled patrol craft that were used for coastal patrols in U.S. waters and so the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Fleet, Admiral Ernest King, USN, ordered the Coast Guard to deploy 60 of these cutters to the United Kingdom for service during Operation Neptune/Overlord. Their hull numbers were removed and they were given new designations of 1 to 60, preceded by "USCG", to ease identification issues in the Allied invasion fleet. Each cutter was transported piggy-back on freighters to the U.K. where they were offloaded, formed into "Rescue Flotilla One" based at Poole, England, and modified for service as rescue craft. They earned the nickname "Matchbox Fleet" due to their wooden hulls and two Sterling-Viking gasoline engines -- one incendiary shell hitting a cutter could easily turn it into a "fireball."
They were assigned to each of the invasion areas, with 30 serving off of the British and Canadian sectors and 30 serving off the American sectors. During Operation Neptune/Overlord these cutters and their crews carried out the Coast Guard's time-honored task of saving lives, albeit under enemy fire on a shoreline thousands of miles from home. The cutters of Rescue Flotilla One saved more than 400 men on D-Day alone and by the time the unit was decommissioned in December, 1944, they had saved 1,438 souls.
No caption.No date listed; probably June 1944.No photo number listed.Photographer unknown.
Left to right: the USCG-29 (83417), USCG-4 (83321), & USCG 2 (83304) tied up at Poole, England.
Further reading and photos can be found at
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Sadly extra steps are taken to protect the buildings......CCTV, alarms all linked to our operations room. Well it saves us checking the building everyday.
Monday, 19 January 2009
Image courtesy of Google Images
Interestingly enough two mountain boarders were spotted by the Patrol on Saturday enjoying themselves near Old Harry. Both Rockett and Kitching thought ‘that looks fun…if not a little dangerous!’
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
I will just quote one of the painters "You two" (he was referring to Austen and I) " are like two little school boys, with a new toy"! We were having an argument about who es desk was going where!
Thursday, 15 January 2009
One of the problems at Peveril is that there is only a small area to put things out and its damp only having the one heater.
The above life jacket got dirty, so had to have a little clean, and then I noticed what I thought was a little hole, so had to test it for 24 hours.
Thankfully it was ok and once dry returned to the station.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Teams of dedicated volunteers are involved from their local communities throughout the South West. As the South West is predominantly rural it is not always possible for an ambulance to reach people in the more remote areas quickly, South Western Ambulance Service aims to recruit, train and equip community-based volunteers to respond to any life-threatening emergency and deliver appropriate care until the ambulance arrives. Responders are trained in basic life support (BLS) and equipped with defibrillators, oxygen, first aid equipment and communications. (Text courtesy of SW-Ambulance)
Below are the links to the South West Ambulance 'Responders' Website.
Swanage Coastguard Team
The Swanage Coastguard Team have over the last year undergone extensive training with the South West Ambulance Service, and subject to the final agreement with Coastguard Headquarters will act as ‘Co-responders’. It is likely that the team will go ‘live’ in February 2009, and will be able to assist in the event of a local emergency when an ambulance is not immediately available.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
If we manage to get to this stage, then we have to wait to the 20th for someone else to contect the cable up!
Monday, 12 January 2009
The actress is Sheila Hancock, and she was very grateful for us to be there and keep an eye on her and the film crew.
I understand the film was to do with her childhood which was spent in the Purbecks, we will watch and see when its due out on television.
Sunday, 11 January 2009
This is the new sink....nice and low to get a bucket in, and hot water (once we have electric of course!)
Saturday, 10 January 2009
As it was so cold I gave up on the idea, my excuse was that the water would freeze and create a skating rink for local residents. (minus 7 degrees C last night) Anyway the station was absolutely freezing inside, in fact it was warmer outside...and the warmest part of the station? Well I opened the fridge and warm air came out!! Bring on the new station!
This is just a temporary heater whilst we wait for the electric!
However this is the heater for the garage (once we have electric!), I reckon we should be able to do toast on that!
Friday, 9 January 2009
The items are for the new station and it wasn't my money.
So the shopping list was:
An outside brush, inside brush, mop, bucket, towels, mugs, plates and bowls , cutlery, toilet brush, cleaning materials, washing up bowl and a few extra bits .
So I didn't mind pushing the trolley today, sorry to the people i manged to run over in my excitement down the aisles.
Now all I have to do is work out how to use all that stuff.......I didn't but any rubber gloves!!!
Thursday, 8 January 2009
The major problem is this, Southern Electric are due to put the cable in on Monday (the 12th?) they connect one end up but not the end into the building! On the 20th (yes the 20th that's 8 days later) another person returns to connect the other end up to the meters etc.
Only then can the full electrical tests and finishing bits and pieces be done, that can be 2 weeks, so that's the 4th of February with the official opening on the 6th!
Other work is going at a pace, outside the ground workers are finishing the path at the front and the ramps into the garage. Front door to be painted and a letter box to be added. New signs to be put up. The Garage, sink in, work bench and coat hooks to go up.
Shower (you have seen the base!). Toilet.....waiting for the throne to be installed. Office, painted, Training Room , painted kitchen, cupboards going up.
Still a bit to do, just wish Southern Electric got a move on
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
I know Ian (Station Officer) went down to the site this morning and hopefully he's got some photos. Apparently we will be hard pushed to finish for the opening ceremony on 6th February as we are STILL waiting on South Electric to pull their fingers out!
You may remember the team attended the mock road traffic accident in Broad Road Car Park just before Christmas?
Dorset Police have just produced this short video to be used to show other young drivers.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL PEOPLE TAKING PART IN THIS VIDEO WERE ACTORS, ALL INJURIES ARE MAKE UP ONLY
Monday, 5 January 2009
Deputy Blog is incapacitated with a cold today, and not feeling too good. So a bit like James Stewart in Hitchcock’s 1954 Film ‘Rear Window’,… he's been looking out of the rear window at the new Coastguard Station. Firstly, you’ll be glad to know no one has been murdered like in the film – (…and if you haven’t seen it by now, then sorry I spoilt the ending).
Anyway it looks like a load of bollards have been delivered to the site and the chaps are sticking them in the ground. There is probably a technical builder term for this but I’m sticking with sticking. They are also making a pavement. Eric will no doubt tell me they are laying a pavement.
‘This is not very exciting! …and certainly not worthy of a Blog!’ I hear you cry, well it is when you got the choice of Daytime TV or Coastguard Builder TV.
If I’m lucky they might get the digger going again later – that’s if Austen fixed it on his ‘Emergency Errand’ on Sunday. Where’s my Lemsip.
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Apparently he was sent on an emergency errand to fix a generator for the contractor working on the new Coastguard Station. - So Austen have you got a Casualty Number for the job? No? ...You mean you haven't? In that case, hands off, Rid and I get it.
We’re a competitive lot!
A chap on board a charter fishing boat had some health problems. After talking to the Coastguard Doctor in Aberdeen he was bought to shore with assistance from Swanage Lifeboat and Swanage Coastguard. - Paramedic in attendance was our very own Terry Thompson.
Rid's not smiling, he's just cold.
(..and again neither of our new pagers went off!- mmm more on this another time)
Saturday, 3 January 2009
Now I'm no builder but that pipe is in a rather unusual place, (almost the middle of the room) and I'm not talking the extension out the window either.
I'm sure it will be sorted after the holidays.