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Green Fire engines for Gloucestershire

Fire Service vehicles in the county are now going green following the announcement that they will be running on environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel. As part of the county councilís commitment to a greener Gloucestershire Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service will be running vehicles from its four wholetime stations in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud and Cirencester, on bio diesel.

The new fuel will reduce CO2 emissions and reduce the environmental impact of our fleet. The fuel will be used by all its vehicles, including fire engines, and there is no need to adapt any of the vehicles to use the new fuel.

Chief Fire Officer Terry Standing, said: "As a Fire and Rescue Service it is vital that we have the best and most efficient vehicles to provide an effective emergency response to the public. However, that must not be at the expense of the environment and this is one move we can make to minimise that impact. We are confident this is just one measure in a programme of moves we can make to become a greener service."

Some fire engines in more rural locations will continue to fill up at local petrol stations due to their geographical locations, however all Service vehicle drivers will be encouraged to fill up at the new biodiesel stores wherever possible.

There are also ongoing talks with other County Council departments about whether their vehicles could eventually use the Fire Service greener fuel stores to fill up as well.
The service already has two fire vehicles fitted with catalytic converters, and has just commissioned three new fire engines to be built, all of which will be fitted with catalytic converters as standard. These will be delivered early next year.

These new fire engines are part of a £700,000 programme to replace older vehicles over 2007/2008 which was approved by Gloucestershire County Council earlier this month.

County Councillor Barry Dare, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "Our plans for greener fire engines come as part of our commitment to help build a greener Gloucestershire. I am passionate about our council doing its bit to fight climate change. I am very proud of the hard work that our Fire and Rescue Service staff have put in to take this important step."

County Councillor Shaun Parsons, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: "The County Council is committed to providing a modern fire service fleet for the people of Gloucestershire, while ensuring we do everything possible to meet the green agenda."

Posted : 18/11/2006 12:25:07

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