New-era for Shannon Airport Police and Fire Service

first_img Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Limerick is Going for GoldNext articleHudson Taylor confirm Live at Big Top Limerick gig Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Pictured during Branch Handling training are recruits Hilary Cleary, Hospital Co Limerick and Dara Flaherty, Longford Town.Pic Arthur Ellis.Shannon Airport, a Shannon Group company, has become the first airport in Ireland to take delivery of two new state-of-the-art High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) fire tenders.Shannon has also recruited new firefighters after an exhaustive selection process saw applicants being whittled down from 500 to ten.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The recruits, who began their training on June 24th, will undergo an intensive 12-week training programme which will equip them to begin work in the combined role of airport police and fire personnel.  The recruits are aged between 22 to late 30s and come from a range of backgrounds.Pat O’Brien, Chief Officer Fire & Rescue, Airport Police Fire Service, Shannon Airport said: “It is a new era for the Airport Police and Fire Service in Shannon and we are looking forward to the recruits entering the service. Their training programme is intensive and has benefitted hugely from significant investment in the very latest technology and training aids. Over 500 people applied for just ten positions, which is a testament to the calibre of the team we have assembled.“Our recruits come from all walks of life, including a painter, a panel beater, strength and conditioning coach and paramedic. Some of them travel from Galway, Longford, Limerick, and Clare. Through the selection process, they have proved themselves to be capable of working well in challenging environments, and with people who may be in distress.Commenting on the importance of the investment in new equipment Pat O’Brien, said: “It was of paramount importance to the management team at Shannon Airport to ensure the safety of passengers and staff, and the new fire tenders have additional safety benefits for both airport fire service staff and passengers.Pat explained: “Conventional fire tenders require that firefighters be put into the risk area to fight aviation fires. However, the new HRET appliance reduces this requirement as fires can be extinguished remotely by operating the HRET from the vehicle cab, allowing the application of water, foam and dry chemical directly to the seat of the fire.“The new fire tenders use cutting edge technology and will be equipped with a thermal imaging camera mounted on the HRET to allow firefighters identify the hottest part of the aircraft, key vital knowledge that is needed to suppress and extinguish aviation fires as quickly and efficiently as possible.Expanding on the benefits of the equipment, Mr. O’Brien said: “Also for aviation firefighting, at the end of the HRET there is a piercing nozzle. If you have an internal fire in a cargo hold of an aircraft, rather than commit a team into the risk area, with your thermal imaging camera, you can identify where the heat source is, and you can penetrate the part of the hold where the fire is with the piercing tool.“It literally can pierce through the aluminium of the aircraft. Then you can apply water or foam internally on the fire. It acts like a sprinkler, cooling and suppressing fire. Even if you have to commit a crew to the fire following this, you have already reduced the risk to them by cooling the fire.“Our facilities have advanced to such a high degree we now have outside fire crews coming to train in Shannon and we hope this is an area we can expand on in the future.” Advertisement TAGSClareLimerick City and CountyNewsShannonShannon airport WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Facebook Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” NewsTransportNew-era for Shannon Airport Police and Fire ServiceBy Staff Reporter – July 24, 2019 353 center_img Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins Email Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Printlast_img read more

Culture corner: Book review

first_img£6.99 Published by EgmontThis bakery cook book for the kids invites you to follow in the footsteps of Wallace & Gromit in their latest film, A Matter of Loaf and Death, in which they run a bakery. Full of practicality, it has wipe-clean pages for those messy flour spillages, as well as a pen to mark off the ingredients used, so you don’t accidentally put two lots of flour in and no butter.The ring-bound book folds out as a stand-up and, on the inside front cover, is a list of equipment needed for the recipes. There is also child-friendly information about what equipment to leave to the adults, as well as tips on safety in the bakery. The baker’s dozen book contains 13 recipes – for obvious reasons – including: Banana Bread, Flipping Pancakes, Sweet ’n’ Cheesy Strawberry Cheesecake, Shortbread Biscuits and Bouncy Blueberry Muffins. There is also a note by each recipe for steps that require the watchful eyes of an adult. The last page is dedicated to Wallace & Gromit’s Cookery Corner, which gives some simple technical tips such as abbreviations for measurements.This is a must for encouraging children to bake, whether you are a baker, a parent or both.last_img read more

UK tax changes risk pension ‘implosion’, warns NAPF

first_imgThe UK government’s plan for changes to tax relief risk a pensions “implosion” that could undermine the foundations of the country’s tax system.Ruston Smith, outgoing chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), argued his organisation’s role was to act as a “social conscience and savers’ champion” and cautioned the government against implementing radical changes to the tax system.Opening the NAPF’s annual conference in Manchester, Smith, also group pensions director at supermarket chain Tesco, said change should not be confused with improvement.He argued that it was the NAPF’s role to challenge government. “If we stood and watched as changes were made to the industry, we’d end up with higher DB deficits, regulation that doesn’t work and reforms that can’t be implemented,” he said.“If we stand and watch, short-term fixes will damage long-term gains.”Smith reserved his harshest criticism for changes to pension taxation put out to consultation by the UK Treasury in July, coming in the wake of an overhaul that saw savers allowed to draw down their pensions pots from 55.“The government says it wants to strengthen the incentive to save, but it’s ulterior motive is to increase short-term tax revenue,” he said.“If the government gets its way on reforms to pensions tax relief, we could see the recent wave of change – the pensions revolution – becoming a pensions implosion.“[It’s] tax change that could literally dig up and smash the foundations set to create a society of lifetime savers, putting pressure back on our ageing society.”The consultation launched over the summer proposed a shift from the Exempt-Exempt-Taxed model to a Taxed-Exempt-Exempt approach.Stewart Hosie, pensions partner at KPMG, previously argued that the government would be better placed to determine whether the current tax system provided value for money, and delivered on its own policy goals.last_img read more

Hero CPL tournament to bowl off in St Lucia on August 4

first_img… CEO Damien O’Donohoe says fifth instalment of Hero CPL will be ‘the year of the fans’THE stage is set for the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to be the biggest and best party tournament to date, after tournament organisers confirmed that the fifth instalment will start on Friday, August 4 with St Lucia Stars welcoming 2015 champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) to the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.The 34-game competition, which will be staged in seven countries over a six-week period, will conclude with the final on Saturday, September 9, with the name of the host country set to be announced in due course.The times for the Florida swing of matches have been confirmed, while the remaining start times will be confirmed in the coming weeks.There will be the usual blend of day and night games, with the starting times to be announced shortly, and the St Lucia opener will lead into two keenly-contested double-headers in Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida (on the weekend of August 5-6) where Guyana Amazon Warriors will face Chris Gayle’s St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Barbados Tridents will square off against reigning champions Jamaica Tallawahs in back-to-back games.The action will then move to Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago which will run simultaneously with the St Lucia leg of matches (from the week of August 7 to 15), before Guyana and St Kitts & Nevis host the middle legs of the biggest party in sport (August 17-23).As the race for one of the coveted finals berths heats up, the final rounds of matches will be held in Jamaica (from August 25 – September 1) and Barbados (from August 29 – September 3).Finals week will begin with a play-off on Tuesday, September 5 before the two eliminators and the final, which will round off the 2017 tournament on Saturday, September 9.Looking ahead to the 2017 campaign, Hero CPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe said; “We are delighted to announce the dates of the Hero CPL fixtures earlier than usual this year which we believe will enable fans, sponsors, media and all of our key stakeholders ample opportunity to plan their trips and holidays for the biggest party in sport.“Last year was the tournament’s biggest, with a global TV and online audience of almost 150 million and in the region of 250 000 fans attending our games. We are determined to enhance the fan participation across each venue, ensuring an even better experience for the many thousands of fans who will descend on each of our seven host countries.“Once more we have the best talent in world cricket across our six teams. There have been a lot of eye-catching transfers, with Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith moving sides in the close season and the likes of Afghanistan’s exciting leg-spinner Rashid Khan, Chris Morris and Kane Williamson set to make their tournament bows. We are excited to welcome such a high calibre of talented, local and international players to the Hero CPL in just a few months’ time.“It is our pledge to make the 2017 Hero CPL the ‘Year-of-the-Fan’ and there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes to showcase all that is great about Caribbean culture, society and sport around the world.”Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks online from www.cplt20.com.last_img read more

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Receives $10,000 In STEM…

first_imgSubmitted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston CountyBoys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County recently received a $10,000 gift from The Verizon Foundation.The Verizon Foundation is donating $10,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, in keeping with its commitment to integrate technology in education to enhance learning and support organizations that spark student interest in STEM fields.The Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon Wireless dedicated to solving critical social issues in the areas of education, healthcare and energy management particularly in underserved communities. This grant funding will provide much needed support to Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County’s Science Exploration Series program in the 2015-2016 academic year.The Science Exploration Series, a monthly, hands-on learning experience is led by Saint Martin’s University students and faculty and connects Club kids to new trends, topics and fun associated with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Youth are exposed to potential STEM-related careers while becoming familiar with a local university in their own backyard.“I like going there and having a whole new perspective on things like what ‘pi’ is or learning how math is all around us. I liked the rocket project and using coordinates and angles to get the best launch,” said Club member, Alexandria. The kids aren’t the only ones thrilled with the partnership. Our Tumwater Club’s Education Coordinator Kaila Rants says, “I appreciate that these SMU student groups have worked hard to find projects that engage the kids and keep them thinking. They are using knowledge gained in school and building on that knowledge to complete fun projects.”In 2015 the Science Exploration Series served 40 kids from BGCTC’s Lacey, Olympia, Rochester, and Tumwater branches and will continue in the fall. Facebook126Tweet0Pin0last_img read more