New Electric Vehicle Charging Points at Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters

As part of its commitment to achieving Carbon Net Zero Status by 2030, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) has recently installed new electric vehicle (EV) charging points at its headquarters site.

Building on a positive existing relationship, MAWWFRS has worked in partnership with Pod Point, one of the UK's leading providers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure with over 9,200 public charging bays.

In recent years, MAWWFRS has been steadily increasing the number of electric vehicles in its fleet, most recently with the introduction of five new ultra-low emission Kia Sportage vehicles to its emergency response fleet.

The new Pod Point charging facilities, installed during July 2023, include two 150kW rapid chargepoints and two 22kW twin chargepoints, which can charge up to eight vehicles at any one time, as well as a new 33,000-volt substation to supply the necessary power for the charging infrastructure. 

This newly enhanced charging infrastructure will not only comfortably accommodate the Service’s existing EVs, but will also allow for future expansion. 

Speaking on the newly installed chargepoints, MAWWFRS Head of Estates, Huw Davies, said:

“We are pleased to have worked with Pod Point to install these new EV chargepoints at our Service Headquarters and Carmarthen Fire Station site.

Not only will these allow us to charge our emergency response and support fleet EVs, they will also assist the Service in our efforts to work towards our environmental objectives and to reduce our impact on the environment.  They will also be an important part of our goal to achieve Net Zero Carbon Status by 2030, aligning with the Welsh Government’s plan for the decarbonisation across the Welsh public sector.”

MAWWFRS Head of Estates, Huw Davies, and Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Iwan Cray, at one of the newly-installed charging points.

Chief Fire Officer, Roger Thomas, said:

“Our vision remains to be a Fire and Rescue Service where the sustainable use of resources and associated 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.”

Chris Chetham, Head of Commercial Construction & Public Sector Sales, Pod Point said:

“We are excited to build on our long-standing relationship with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) and to play an active role in helping them meet their ambitious Net Zero targets. The partnership reflects a shared commitment to sustainability and aligns with Pod Point’s vision that travel shouldn’t damage the earth.

We’re delighted to support MAWWFRS’s ongoing transition to a greener fleet which will bring about a hugely positive local impact.”

Read the full Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Pod Point Case Study here.

More information on how MAWWFRS is working to reduce its environmental impact, including its Annual Environmental and Sustainability Report and Nature Recovery Plan is available here.

The new EV chargepoints at MAWWFRS Headquarters are for use by Service personnel only and are not accessible to the public.

One of five new Kia Sportage ULEVs recently introduced to the Service’s emergency response fleet.