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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Officer Goes Green!

Ian Housley
Ian Housley

Assistant Area Commander for Stafford, Ian Housley has been recognised by Sustainability West Midlands as a Green Leader in the first ever Top 50 Green Leaders.

"Ian’s enthusiasm has demonstrated how leadership amongst colleagues dedicated to the public service can be infectious."

Dr Simon Slater, Executive Director of Sustainability West Midlands

The Top 50 Green Leaders received their certificates from international campaigner Jonathon Porritt at a special event at Millennium Point last week and will now be invited to use this new platform to share and pass on their experiences, skills and knowledge to the next generation of professionals.

The Top 50 will also be invited to develop new solutions and influence policy by contributing to research and new Government initiatives such as the Big Society.

Ian Housley, Assistant Area Commander for Stafford said: "I am delighted to have received this recognition and I’m proud to be representing Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"I began making a conscious effort to be greener several years ago now and it turned into something of a passion which encouraged me to put my skills to good use at work as well as at home."

Ian is featured in the list for single-handedly raising the profile of sustainability across the whole of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s work programme.

This ranges from the installation of a 50kWp solar photovoltaics system (electricity from sunlight) at the headquarters in Stone to setting up the Cycle to Work scheme that already has 25% of staff now cycling to work on a daily basis.

Dr Simon Slater, Executive Director of Sustainability West Midlands, said: "Ian’s enthusiasm has demonstrated how leadership amongst colleagues dedicated to the public service can be infectious. As a result, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is serving its community not just in fire prevention, but energy and money saving, and acting as an example to others."

Ian was also awarded the “Green Award” at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s MORE Awards in April this year, in recognition of his efforts in introducing recycling facilities across the Service: “Some of the work we are doing alongside partners in relation to sustainability is now been recognised at a national level and I’m proud to say that as a fire and rescue service we are leading the way in this area,’ he added.