Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
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To make sure that we can adapt to these impacts and the new incidents they present for our service we know that all our staff must be engaged in climate change and environmental matters. To do this we will have trained all our staff in Carbon Literacy by 2020. Carbon Literacy is a Manchester wide ambition to train all those that work, live or study within Greater Manchester in climate change and environmental sustainability. This will help to equip staff with a better understanding of the issues and ways in which they can be addressed.
Our competitions to find the greenest fire station and greenest office (the Green Hose and Green Impact awards) have been running for four years. Teams across the service have four months to complete over thirty different environmental and sustainability challenges ranging from simple energy ‘switch off’ campaigns to tougher challenges such as low carbon food projects. The awards provide an opportunity to engage with staff and encourages them to put their own ideas into practice, something they have done with gusto. One outcome of the awards has been the introduction of bee hives at several of our stations encouraging local biodiversity as well as keeping our Fire Fighters well stocked up with honey!
To ensure change is led from the top we wanted to inspire our senior managers by learning about the challenges that have been faced and overcome by other organisations. Senior sustainability leaders from organisations as diverse as BT, United Utilities and members of the construction community with Ian Cheshire, CEO of Kingfisher (the owner of B&Q) were invited to lunch at the fire service to discuss the values of being a sustainable organisation. These sessions have been invaluable in getting the fire service’s senior management on board and fully supportive of environmental sustainability.
Finally, our fantastic network of more than 120 Environment Champions have been instrumental in ensuring we continue to meet environmental management standards and improve behaviours across all our stations. In fact ‘greener’ behaviour by Environmental Champions and all staff has had a big impact saving approximately 10% off our electricity bills.