Fires Fighting

Yesterday crews from Peel, Port Erin, Kirk Michael and Douglas were mobilised to reports of a gorse fire on Peel hill.  This fire was a controlled burn that had ‘jumped’ the fire break that had been put in place due to high winds.

On arrival crews were faced with an uncontrolled fire that was quickly spreading which was in a remote area that was difficult to access.  Leaving the fire to burn off by itself was not an option due to the lack of natural fire breaks and weather conditions.

The Officer in Charge assessed the scene and after taking into account the size of the fire, the need for water and the challenges of getting water to the fire, a plan was put together to attack the fire using 45mm jets with water supplied by a water relay.

The nearest water supply was Peel harbour and the water relay had to cover a distance of approx. 1km on steep inclines and required over 50 lengths of hose.  A base pump was provided via a Pumping Appliance and Light Portable Pumps were used as booster pumps as well as a portable dam to provide water for firefighting purposes on the coastal headland.

The fire was extinguished late into the evening but the incident was not closed until this morning due to the need to contain hotspots which were prone to re-ignition with the strong winds.

Poem Competition

Isle Listen, one of the Island’s leading mental health charitable organisations, and Conister Bank, launch poetry competition and are inviting primary school children to write and submit a poem about the topic of ‘Loneliness’ – the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event and this year will be held from 9th – 15th May. The poetry competition is part of a wide range of events and activities Isle Listen has planned for the week, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of mental health on the Island and help to remove the stigma that still surrounds it.

There will be 7 winning poems, and each day of Mental Health Awareness Week a different poem will be published on Isle Listen’s website and social media, as well as being broadcast on Energy FM. The winners will also each receive a bag of special mental health boosting prizes. Full details of the competition can be found on Isle Listen’s website.

Carlie Maddrell, Primary School Wellbeing Facilitator at Isle Listen, said: ‘We’re really excited to be connecting with Primary School children through this competition, in addition to the mental health education that we began offering to Primary Schools from the start of this academic year. I’m continually amazed by the creativity and enthusiasm that the children show during our sessions, and I just know they will surprise me again with what they can come up with.’

GPs’ School Day

Routine GP appointments will not be available from 1pm to 6pm on Thursday March 17 2022 as GPs attend their latest education session.

Anyone who needs to see a doctor urgently should ring their surgery for an appointment with the on-call GP. Practices will remain open during the afternoon for patients to make future appointments and order repeat prescriptions as normal.

The education sessions were established in 2012 to give GPs the opportunity to discuss developments in medical care and best practice, and to examine ways to enhance care for patients in the Isle of Man at a focused session away from their surgeries.

Prince Andrew

The Duke of York is paying the financial settlement to his accuser Virginia Giuffre and formally ending a civil case brought against him in the US, according to court documents.

‘Stipulation of Dismissal’ papers have been filed, which will bring an end to the civil sex assault case. The amount agreed to be paid by Prince Andrew in the settlement last month has not been revealed. But the court documents say each side will ‘bear her/his own costs and fees’. The latest court papers say that the case can now be dismissed, according to the terms of the deal reached between Prince Andrew and Ms Giuffre.