On the first attempt of asking, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) have been awarded the Level 5 - Green Dragon Environmental Standard 2016®
Audited against the prescribed and rigorous standard of the Green Dragon Environmental Management System 2016; Level 5 is the highest standard of Green Dragon accreditation that can be awarded to an organisation.
To achieve the Level 5 standard, MAWWFRS first met the requirements of Levels 1 to 4 of the Green Dragon Environmental Standard before being assessed through an audit visit, undertaken by external Green Dragon Assessors. Following a two-day site visits to the Service Headquarters and Rescue 365 Office in Carmarthen, the Green Dragon Assessors also visited Fire and Rescue Stations at Carmarthen, Neath and Ammanford along with MAWWFRS’s Training Centre at Earlswood, near Swansea.
The audit visit saw the examination of system documents, such as MAWWFRS’s Environmental Policy, Environmental Plans, Procedures and Processes. The Fire and Rescue Service were also evaluated on performance against set environmental targets, such as energy, waste, transport and procurement, and confirmed to be demonstrating a high standard of corporate responsibility and duty of care following scrutiny of its on-site waste management systems, storage and waste destination audit trails. The Service was also able to evidence conformance to all local, national and European environmental legislation.
MAWWFRS’s Sustainability & Environment Manager, Donald McQueen said “It has been a particular pleasure to guide Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service through the processes and successful achievement of the Green Dragon 2016 Environment Management Standard. This achievement truly reflects the Services’ commitment to ongoing improvement in environmental performance.”
Area Manager Craig Flannery, Corporate Head of Operational Support and Improvement, said “The Level 5 Green Dragon Environmental Standard accreditation is the latest milestone in Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s journey to becoming a more environmentally sustainable Fire and Rescue Service. In 2014, we became the first Fire and Rescue Service in the UK to achieve the highest standard available under the Green Dragon accreditation process. We are delighted to maintain our reputation as a leader of environmental standards amongst Fire and Rescue Services.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service recognise that our operations impact on the global and local environment and we are committed to minimising adverse environmental impacts within financial, operational and resource constraints.”