Chief Fire Officer Mick Crennell and a GAFSIP team have delivered three fire engines and other equipment and uniform to the Gambian Fire Service. As part of the Gambia and Avon Fire Services in Partnership (GAFSIP), the service has been helping to enhance the capabilities of the Gambian fire service for nearly 30 years by providing lifesaving equipment, capability and training. Fire engines and breathing apparatus Avon Fire & Rescue Service has donated three fire engines along with breathing apparatus equipment In the latest donation, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) has donated three fire engines along with breathing apparatus equipment and other equipment to firefighters in the region. CFO Mick Crennell also visited various stations on his visit to the region and held meetings with Gambia’s Chief about how to continue to enhance the relationship. While on his visit, Mick expressed and confirmed the Service's commitment to continue to support and grow the relationship for the mutual benefit of both services. Gambia and Avon Fire Services Mick said, “As a Fire Authority and a Service, we are honored and privileged to be able to have this partnership with the Gambian Fire and Rescue Service and we will continue to support its development. We have seen the level of support grow, and what’s more, we have seen the level of the professionalism of the fire service in the Gambia grow throughout our partnership“. He adds, “We have seen what a difference our equipment and training makes and the lives it has helped save. We are looking forward to the future because this partnership will only continue to get stronger and those in the region will be safer as a result. As an ambitious Service, not only will we help those in our own communities, but also help others where we can. Anyone in the fire service is part of the international family and we will do what we can to help.” Fire equipment and safety training We have never thought that we will reach that place and save lives across the country" CFO Mick Crennell was joined on the visit by Watch Manager and GAFSIP Trustee Paul Kirk, Firefighter Ben Coghlan, Firefighter Rob Morgan, Firefighter Pete Ballard and Watch Manager Steve McGreavy. The Deputy Chief Fire Officer of The Gambia Fire Rescue Service, Lamin Sanyang expressed gratitude on behalf of the service for the assistance stating that the partnership is strong and continues to grow. Lamin said, “We receive training manuals, practical training, and equipment. It is because of this partnership that we were able to get fully equipped fire engines as we cannot buy it ourselves. We are very proud of them. With this donation, we will operate as far as Wuli in the Upper River Region. We have never thought that we will reach that place and save lives across the country.” Fully equipped fire engines delivered The presentation ceremony took place at the State House in Banjul in the presence of the President of Gambia, the UK High Commissioner to The Gambia, H.E. Sharon Wardle, and other senior government officials, including the Deputy Chief Fire Officer of The Gambian Fire Service, Lamin Sanyang.
Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) is delighted to announce that one of its stations has won a national energy reduction competition. Fire and Rescue Services from across the country took part in the energy-saving competition to reduce energy consumption over a four-month period throughout the winter, with Avonmouth fire station topping the leaderboard. The competition involved 66 fire stations from Avon, Essex, Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire, London and Scotland. Avonmouth fire station managed to reduce its energy consumption by a massive 22 per cent. Paulton (17 per cent), Winscombe (13 per cent) and Radstock (seven per cent) all came in the top 20 thanks to staff making a positive step towards helping to tackle global warming. Supported by WWF and Greenpeace We intend to continue our efforts to serve as a sector leader in environmental protection"A monthly leaderboard showed the energy savings achieved by participating stations compared to the previous year until the challenge ended in March, coinciding with WWF Earth Hour (24th March). Both WWF and Greenpeace also supported the green action, and staff at Avonmouth fire station received a bespoke trophy from Chief Fire Officer Mick Crennell. This is the second year the competition is conducted; with Eltham Fire Station (London Fire Brigade) taking home the trophy last year after reducing energy consumption by an impressive 35 per cent. Using energy more efficiently Neil Stradling, Avonmouth Station Manager, said: “I am honored to present Avonmouth with the Green Action award. The station has not only demonstrated tremendous leadership but also demonstrated new ways to use energy more efficiently and productively. To be placed first out of 66 stations is a fantastic achievement. “At AF&RS, we believe that optimizing the way we manage energy, water, and waste is not only good for the environment, but it's also good for business. We are honored to be receiving this award; we intend to continue our efforts to serve as a sector leader in environmental protection. “We acknowledge the impact our daily activity has on the environment, and want to set a positive example to stations across the service, showing them how achievable reducing your energy usage is.” Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 'net-zero' More efficient energy use by Fire Services can make a small but powerful difference in combating global warmingThe world’s leading climate scientists have recently warned that global warming should be kept to a maximum of a 1.5C degree rise, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. To do this, it has been recommended that the UK should set an ambitious target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to 'net-zero' by 2050, ending the UK's contribution to global warming within 30 years. The energy consumed in homes and businesses is responsible for over a quarter of all UK emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas causing global warming. More efficient energy use by Fire Services across the country can make a small but powerful difference in combating global warming. This will help protect the environment, reduce air pollution and enable services to spend more money on training and development. Identifying opportunities to save more energy The staff at Avonmouth fire station did an incredible job of reducing their energy consumption" Annabel Harford, Environmental Project Officer at AF&RS, said: “It was a pleasure to once again work with other Fire and Rescue Services from across the country by taking on the challenge of reducing our energy consumption and bills. The staff at Avonmouth fire station did an incredible job of reducing their energy consumption and we are delighted they came out on top. Well done to all involved and long may it continue. “Although the competition is over, this isn’t the end. We will continue to identify further opportunities for energy saving on our stations, while making sure our stations are comfortable working environments. As a Fire Service, we have a social and environmental obligation to be as efficient as possible and ensure that we are doing everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint and to protect the environment. “Global warming affects every fire service and is leading to increasing numbers of unusual events from snow to flash flooding to dry and hot summers. To be able to combat that and better utilize our resources will only help to improve response times and efficiencies.”