Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has scooped a prestigious award for its efforts in becoming a greener and healthier organisation.

A spokesperson told FIRE that more staff are car-sharing, using bicycles and driving more efficiently thanks to an innovative campaign that was launched by the service earlier this year.

The Green and Healthy Transport campaign, which offered staff bike safety training and the opportunity to have their bikes serviced, aimed to reduce emissions, encourage staff to live healthier lifestyles and reduce congestion in the region.

During the campaign, pool bikes were introduced for staff to use instead of cars, and employees were trained how to drive more efficiently.

The service also re-launched its Cycle to Work initiative which offers staff half-price bikes and equipment through a salary sacrifice scheme in a bid to encourage more employees to cycle.

For its efforts to help the environment and promote sustainable travel options, the service was named TravelWise Organisation of the Year at the annual Merseyside Transport Awards that were held at Liverpool's Convention Centre. 

The awards recognise those who have made outstanding contributions to achieve a more sustainable transport future.


Posted December 10th.