Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has a duty to protect the environment and a responsibility to deliver long-term sustainable action to achieve this.
Many of the incidents we are called to, such as fire and chemical spills, are harmful to the environment. We need to be sure that the action we take to deal with them minimises this damage as much as possible.
We carry out environmental audits and performance reviews to see how well we are doing and we have developed an in-house environmental key performance tool to identify areas of strength and weakness, and see where we can make improvements.
It is important that we improve the sustainability of our buildings and procurement procedures, too. For example, our new Carlton fire station has been built to attain a rating of ‘Excellent’, according to the Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating for fire stations. Cost-effective design seeks to make our buildings as well-insulated and energy-efficient as possible, which helps us to save money as well as reduce our impact on the environment.
Access to environmental information
The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) contain many of the principles of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, they contain specific rights giving people access to a wide range of information affecting the environment. If the information you seek relates to environmental issues, then your request will be handled under Environmental Information Regulations.
Environmental information includes information about air, water, soil, land, flora, fauna, energy, noise, waste and emissions. It can also include information such as decisions, policies and activities that affect the environment.
More information is available on our Access to Information page and on the websites of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Information Commissioner’s Office.