Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is committed to embracing environmental sustainability in the delivery of Service excellence. We continue to strive to this goal by reducing energy demand, working towards zero waste sent to landfill and reducing our Service wide carbon footprint year on year.
Our vision remains to be a Fire and Rescue Service where the sustainable use of resources and environmental issues are embedded in all our decision-making processes and enhancing the economic, social and environmental well-being of our communities.
We are fully aware that our operations influence the global and local environment and therefore we are committed to minimising any adverse impacts wherever finances, operations and resources allow.
Working towards improving the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in our area
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, sets a requirement for the Fire and Rescue Service, as a Statutory Member of each Public Service Board (PSB), to collaborate and work towards improving the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in our area by strengthening joint working across all public services in Wales. We attend PSBs in all 6 counties which ensures we support and set objectives to maximise the PSBs contribution to the well-being goals.
Our new Sustainability and Environmental Strategy 2020-2025 sets out the main principles, proposals and required actions to reduce the environmental impacts of the Service’s activities and operations. Maintaining certification to the highest level of the Green Dragon (2016) Environmental Management Standard year on year ensures that we continue to challenge ourselves and stimulate sustainable and environmental improvements.
Looking towards the future
Looking towards the future, we continue to have even greater challenges to meet on our journey to minimise our impact on the environment. We have made great strides forward in the last year, including installing a large array of solar photovoltaic panels to the roof of our Service Headquarters site and our training and workshop facility building in Earlswood. Which will significantly offset our demand for grid-sourced electricity. We have also begun our exciting journey into the use of non-response electric vehicles and charging points on our sites.
I believe we are providing a leading role in environmental issues for others in the Public Sector in Wales. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all employees and other Stakeholders for their continued support and valued contributions in helping to achieve our sustainability aims. I look forward to the year ahead as we continue our sustainability journey.
Chris Davies QSFM MBA, Chief Fire Officer