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Eco-Driving for Yorkshire's Emergency Services

14 July 2010

Yorkshire’s emergency services are doing their bit for the environment by learning a new eco-friendly way of driving.

At an event held at Elvington Airfield, near York, drivers from the region’s ambulance service, fire brigades and police forces were given tips on how to change their driving habits to reduce fuel consumption and be kinder to the environment.

Army troops from York and Catterick Garrison were also at the day-long event which taught drivers economical and environmental driving techniques to improve their miles per gallon, get further on a tank of fuel and save money.

Participants were able to see the benefits of eco-driving when they put their new skills into practice using vehicles fitted with telemetry systems which showed the fuel-efficiency of their new driving habits and the reduced impact on the environment.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service hosted the event and is the first ambulance trust in the UK to sign up to the Carbon Management Scheme with a view to reducing the organisation’s carbon footprint by 30% by 2015.

Mick Farmer, Assistant Director for Fleet and Equipment at the Trust, said: “Due to the nature of the work of our service, we are working hard to reduce public spending on fuel and become a greener more efficient organisation.

“Green driving doesn't just mean biofuels, electric cars and fuel efficiency; simple, common sense tips really make a difference and can mean smarter and better driving. For example, by not braking suddenly and not accelerating quickly, fuel efficiency can be improved by up to 30%.

“The aim of the event was to raise awareness of eco-driving and carbon management not just with our own staff, but with our colleagues in the police and fire services too. By applying eco-driving techniques in our day-to-day duties, there is no doubt that together we can reduce fuel consumption and, in turn, reduce the carbon footprint of the emergency services in the region.”

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