SFRS to take part in Earth Hour 2015
27 March 2015
Fire stations throughout Scotland will switch off non-essential lights for 60 minutes.
Firefighters across Scotland will do their bit for the environment by taking part in Earth Hour 2015.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews in stations throughout the country will switch off non-essential lights for 60 minutes on Saturday 28 March, joining millions of people around the world in reducing energy use. The switch-off, which begins at 8:30pm, will not affect the service’s response to incidents or other operations. Sarah O’Donnell, the SFRS director of finance and contractual services and chair of its environmental forum, said: “We’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and we’ll be joining millions of people and many other organisations in marking this year’s Earth Hour. “Little changes in behaviour can make a big difference. Turning out non-essential lights is a small step but it’s well worth doing. “While it’s obviously the case that a fire and rescue service needs to use significant resources to protect communities and respond to emergencies, we’re committed to operating in an environmentally sustainable manner and reducing our impact on the environment. “That’s why we have an action plan emphasising the need to continually monitor our use of energy and resources, identify and tackle environmental issues, and of course pursue opportunities to minimise and mitigate the impact of our plans and procedures.”
As part of its effort to reduce its impact on the environment, SFRS has purchased an energy management system to allow personnel at its facilities throughout the country to keep track of their energy usage.
The system, known as Energy Viewer, enables people at each site to directly enter their electricity, water and gas meter readings and to see the consumption and costs associated with the property.
Earth Hour is an annual event organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature. First held in Sydney, Australia in 2007, last year it saw people in 162 countries take part.