Comrie Fire Station powers its way to Green Action victory

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By Angeline Sneddon

Reducing energy waste has earned Comrie Fire Station in Perthshire the number one spot in a UK-wide environmental competition.

It was one of three Scottish fire stations that finished in the top ten league table of the Green Action contest.

SFRS nominated ten stations to enter this year and crews worked hard to cut their gas and electricity costs over the winter months.

Firefighters based in Comrie managed to save an incredible £1,826 from fuel bills, which is a 62% reduction compared to winter 2018/19.

Celebrating their achievement, Watch Commander Ben Liversedge said: "It was a fantastic effort from the whole crew throughout the duration of the competition.

"Green Action has certainly made everyone at the station more mindful of energy waste and the steps that can be taken to reduce this, such as dialling down the heating, switching off lights in empty rooms and closing windows and doors.

“The result shows what is possible through simple behavioural changes.”

The top ten also featured South Lochs (Isle of Lewis) in second place and Shotts (South Lanarkshire) in at number five.

67 stations in the UK participated to see how small actions can impact on the energy used in buildings and reduce carbon emissions.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would like to say a huge thank you to all stations for their efforts.

Kenneth Blake, sustainability manager, commented: "This is only the second year SFRS has taken part in this competition, so to have an overall winner is brilliant.

“The success of all the stations that took part highlights our commitment to this issue.

“As a public sector organisation, we have pledged to reduce our carbon emissions by 6 per cent each year for the next decade.”

Other participating stations in Scotland this year included Peterhead (Aberdeenshire), Haddington (East Lothian), Stepps (North Lanarkshire), Bathgate (West Lothian), Paisley (Renfrewshire), West Calder (East Lothian) and Stornoway (Western Isles).

The Green Action trophy will be making its way to Comrie in the near future.

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