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Doing our best to protect the natural environment

“The scientific evidence is now overwhelming; climate change presents very serious global risks and it demands a global response” The Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change.

Protecting the environment and mitigating climate change is a significant concern for our community.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (the FRS) recognises that it has a part to play in preserving the natural environment.

The work that we do in preventing fires and road traffic accidents in the first place, and dealing with them promptly and professionally when they do occur prevents and limits the environmental harm that occurs.

By further reducing the numbers of fires and pollution incidents in future through our proactive community safety programmes, the FRS will protect the environment.

Through links with local water companies, we also provide Environmental Protection Units which are deployed when required to limit pollution arising from incidents.

In addition to the front line fire and rescue service, we have a fleet maintenance workshop and logistics hub at Malvern, office buildings at Worcester , local administration centres at Kidderminster, Malvern and Hereford and a training centre at Droitwich. We also procure goods and services locally, nationally and internationally.

During our day to day operations the FRS has the capability to cause impacts on our environment through energy and water consumption and the generation of waste for example.

To manage and reduce these impacts the FRS is developing an ISO 14001 compliant Environment Management System to highlight where the largest environment impacts may occur so that action plans can be developed to control and improve our performance and reduce environmental impacts.

To view our Environment Policy please click here.

Recent actions to improve our environmental performance include;
• Water use audit and implementation of control measures has saved 1,100 cubic metres per   annum
• Audit of energy consumption within our properties and action plan for improvement
• Signing up to a good quality CHP supply from accredited sources
• Deferral of our postal delivery one day per week and the associated vehicle miles

If you would like to know more, please e-mail:

Also, you may wish to consider how you could lessen your own impact on the environment by visiting these websites:

Worcestershire County Council
Herefordshire Council
Energy Saving Trust