Firefighters clean up at River Usk

Firefighters from White Watch at Malpas Fire Station, helped clear fly tipping at the Riverfront in Newport. Pictured are the firefighters up to their waste in mud, gathering metal items. (9503237)

Firefighters from White Watch at Malpas Fire Station, helped clear fly tipping at the Riverfront in Newport. Pictured is Firefighter Steve Hogan on the river bank. (9503248)

Firefighters from White Watch at Malpas Fire Station, helped clear fly tipping at the Riverfront in Newport. Pictured right is Firefighter Steve Hogan pointing to large metal objects waiting to be cleared.. (9503253)

Firefighters from White Watch at Malpas Fire Station, helped clear fly tipping at the Riverfront in Newport. Pictured is the slip way area being cleared of metal debris by the firefighters. (9503259)

Firefighters from White Watch at Malpas Fire Station, helped clear fly tipping at the Riverfront in Newport. Pictured is Firefighter Steve Hogan on the muddy riverbank of the Usk. (9503261)

Firefighters from White Watch at Malpas Fire Station, helped clear fly tipping at the Riverfront in Newport. Pictured right is Watch Manager Simon Bevan handing a heavy metal pole to a colleague. (9503265)

Firefighters from White Watch at Malpas Fire Station, helped clear fly tipping at the Riverfront in Newport. Pictured are Firefighters from left Mike Dibble, Tim Ruck, Steve Hogan, Simon Bevan and Ian Williams. (9503267)

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AN IRONING board, a bike and a fence were just some of the things pulled out of the River Usk in Newport yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) by fire fighters.

Seven Malpas crew members donned their overalls to pull the rubbish out of a 10 by five metre stretch of muddy riverbank, and make their river rescues safer.

The operation will be one of several this summer between Newport Bridge and George Street Bridge.

Rather than drive 20 minutes to Uskmouth to launch their six-metre 'rib' boat, it's quicker for fire fighters to launch smaller inflatable vessels down the slipway next to the Riverfront, explained Malpas station manager Dean Loader.

"We need to be as quick as possible and (rubbish) like this can impede the progress of our boats, cause injuries to fire fighters and damage equipment," said Mr Loader, who has been with the fire service for 20 years.

"Today we're working with Street Scene and Fly Tipping Action Wales because doing this has environmental benefits as well."

Gary Inight, south east area coordinator for Fly Tipping Action Wales, which is sponsored by the Welsh Government, said it's their job to help coordinate such clean ups, which they also do in local communities to raise awareness of the consequences of fly-tipping.

"We can give councils surveillance cameras and offer legal expertise if they take a fly-tipping case to court," he explained.

"If someone knocks on your door and says they'll take away your rubbish for you, make sure you use a registered waste carrier. If we all did that, fly-tipped waste would be reduced drastically."

The group is currently trialling an app called FlyMapper with Newport council which allows people to report incidents of rubbish dumping.

A Welsh Government consultation on fly-tipping, with a view to creating a strategy to tackle the problem, is currently underway.

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7:27pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Magor says...

Can they now go round Newport removing Graffiti and Fly posters as that seems to be another job Newport Council dont want to do.
Can they now go round Newport removing Graffiti and Fly posters as that seems to be another job Newport Council dont want to do. Magor
  • Score: 7

11:53pm Thu 21 Aug 14

portman says...

Don't forget the bins as well lads ,what a rubbish excuse river rescues my backside more like NATO is coming to town they have even cleaned the rubbish and weeds under the station steps first time in twenty years .
Don't forget the bins as well lads ,what a rubbish excuse river rescues my backside more like NATO is coming to town they have even cleaned the rubbish and weeds under the station steps first time in twenty years . portman
  • Score: 8

2:59am Fri 22 Aug 14

zooportandproudofit says...

If they find my Grandad's Norton,which alledgedley went in the Usk,after which he claimed the insurance on it,can I have it please..
If they find my Grandad's Norton,which alledgedley went in the Usk,after which he claimed the insurance on it,can I have it please.. zooportandproudofit
  • Score: -1

1:27pm Fri 22 Aug 14

VirgoSupercluster says...

The comments just sum up how sarcastic, flippant certain sections of society have become in recent years.

Daft NATO consipiricay comment. Typical blame the council comment.

Maybe the people could put on protective clothing and assist with the removal of the rubbish that is being thrown into the river. Don't worry if you get stuck, the fire service will be more than happy to make the 20 minute journey to Uskmouth to launch and come back up to the river to help pull you out! If your really lucky, whilst you wait the half hour for rescue then maybe some more people will throw some more rubbish your way that you can deal with!

I'll volunteer to pop down to the ideal launch platform for a central town rescue and take some pictures and hurl some sarcastic comments at you whilst you wait.

You shouldn't be doing it White Watch from Malpas, but thank you and I hope that you will be able to speedly launch for any city centre water rescue in the near future
The comments just sum up how sarcastic, flippant certain sections of society have become in recent years. Daft NATO consipiricay comment. Typical blame the council comment. Maybe the people could put on protective clothing and assist with the removal of the rubbish that is being thrown into the river. Don't worry if you get stuck, the fire service will be more than happy to make the 20 minute journey to Uskmouth to launch and come back up to the river to help pull you out! If your really lucky, whilst you wait the half hour for rescue then maybe some more people will throw some more rubbish your way that you can deal with! I'll volunteer to pop down to the ideal launch platform for a central town rescue and take some pictures and hurl some sarcastic comments at you whilst you wait. You shouldn't be doing it White Watch from Malpas, but thank you and I hope that you will be able to speedly launch for any city centre water rescue in the near future VirgoSupercluster
  • Score: 13

8:05pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Limestonecowboy says...

If this is a result of NATO then bring it on!
If this is a result of NATO then bring it on! Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 0

9:54pm Fri 22 Aug 14

activeman says...

I think we need stone more people power. As a new dog owner I cant believe how many of newports beauty spots are blighted with rubbish. I would happily make a group gathering pull out all out for street scene to dispose of
I think we need stone more people power. As a new dog owner I cant believe how many of newports beauty spots are blighted with rubbish. I would happily make a group gathering pull out all out for street scene to dispose of activeman
  • Score: 0

3:55pm Sat 23 Aug 14

steve3swift says...

portman wrote:
Don't forget the bins as well lads ,what a rubbish excuse river rescues my backside more like NATO is coming to town they have even cleaned the rubbish and weeds under the station steps first time in twenty years .
all becouse of the nato bla bla bla
[quote][p][bold]portman[/bold] wrote: Don't forget the bins as well lads ,what a rubbish excuse river rescues my backside more like NATO is coming to town they have even cleaned the rubbish and weeds under the station steps first time in twenty years .[/p][/quote]all becouse of the nato bla bla bla steve3swift
  • Score: 1

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