Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service sign the Swansea Bay Healthy Travel Charter

Today our Chief Fire Officer officially signed up to the Swansea Bay Healthy Travel Charter on behalf of the Service at our Southern Division Headquarters in Morriston.

The Charter has been signed by several Organisations in the Swansea area which include, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Natural Resources Wales, the DVLA, Gower College, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea Council, Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service, Coastal Housing and Pobl.

CFO Roger Thomas said:

“Signing the Swansea Bay Healthy Travel Charter, not only shows our commitment as a Service to endorse sustainable travel, but hopefully will encourage our staff to take action as well.  With our cycle to work scheme, agile working policy and our fleet of electrical vehicles, this is definitely the way forward”

The Charter promotes healthy and sustainable travel through 17 ambitious actions which include encouraging sustainable travel, offering and promoting the cycle to work scheme, reviewing fleet arrangements to allow for ultra low emission vehicles and supporting flexible working.

The signatories of the Charter have made this commitment as they appreciate the urgency needed to tackle climate change.

The co-chair of the IPCC's working group said in February 2022 that "the scientific evidence is unequivocal: climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and the health of the planet. Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a liveable future."

The Swansea Bay Healthy Travel Charter is the fifth Charter to launch in Wales, following similar initiatives in Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Gwent.

More information on the Charter is available at healthytravel.wales/swanseabay