Green Griffin

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) has invested funding and staff time into reducing our carbon footprint in our activities and use of our facilities and  vehicles and continue to encourage staff to take all environmental and green issues into consideration  in the delivery of their duties. 

Climate Change 

As we are often the first emergency service to arrive at an incident, equipment is available on all Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) to initially contain hazardous pollutants, until removed by a specialist contractor.  

Provision has also been enhanced by heavy duty High Volume Pumps, and a specialist dedicated Hazardous Detection Identification and Monitoring team with equipment. 

The service aims to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions through a range of actions identified through the Carbon Planning activity undertaken with the Carbon Trust, Green Fleet review and the Environment Steering Group.   

Energy consumption, procurement policy, building design, fleet movement, recycling, along with numerous other practices and policies will all contribute to a reduction in our carbon footprint. 

We will therefore develop our current activities, increase environmental awareness and embed an Environment Strategy within our service. This will ensure we can fulfil our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own.

Tyne and Wear FRS Headquarters with low energy bulb

A cross cutting Environment Steering Group has been established to support and monitor the delivery of environmental actions. The terms of reference of the group are:  

  • To oversee delivery of the Environment Strategy and ensure progress is maintained

  • To promote collaboration across the organisation on mitigating our environmental impact and draw together ideas from a diverse range of perspectives

  • To ensure that environmental considerations are mainstreamed into the policy, strategy and delivery of the areas of work for which they are responsible

  • To champion environmental sustainability and promote commitment and ownership across the organisation

  • To deepen participants’ understanding of environmental issues

  • To identify relevant risks and ensure they are dealt with through the authority’s risk management processes.