At the time of writing, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire and Rescue Services (HMI) is consulting on possible proposals for the 2023/24 inspection programme for fire and rescue services and they have asked the question: ‘Should we inspect the steps FRSs are taking to address climate change?’

Regardless of the outcome of HMI’s consultation, fire and rescue services are not immune to the moral imperative and seemingly growing sense of urgency regarding the need to reduce emissions and tackle climate change.

Like many publicly accountable organisations, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue’s wider body, Oxfordshire County Council, has set itself challenging climate change targets by aiming to achieve net zero by 2030. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is keen to play a lead role in this strategic challenge and recognised that, as the biggest user of fleet, and with some of the poorest performing buildings in the county council, it needed to be proactive in identifying opportunities to reduce its carbon footprint.


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