Equipment will allow watchers to operate during power cut

A voluntary charity group which keeps a safety watch over Fleetwood's coastline has been presented with a piece of key equipment worth £150.

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 11:00 am
Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions president Mary Ann Woodman with (from left) Ken Harcombe (press officer for Fleetwoods NCI), Bob Loynes, (technical officer for NCI) and Paul Keirby, Lions welfare chairman.

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), based at the Rossall Point tower, was presented with the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) by Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions.

It came just a fews week after Fleetwood’s NCI branch members gave a presentation of their work to the Lions.

Mary Ann Woodman, president of Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions and Paul Keirby, the Lions’ welfare chairman, visited the NCI station to hand over the gift. 
The UPS ensures that vital electrical equipment doesn’t ‘crash’, in the event of a power outage or surge.

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This would become especially important, if the break in electricity supply came in the middle of monitoring and reporting an emergency incident. 
It means that vital equipment, like VHF radios, weather station and radar, could still function during a power cut.

Steve Martin, NCI station manager at Rossall Point said: “Receiving this type of support from the local community means a lot to the team members. 
“This equipment ensures we’ll be able to give continued coverage when required.

“We can’t thank the Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions enough for their generous donation.”

Stuart Gratrix, Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions spokesman, said: “We are delighted to help Coastwatch’s important work.”