Green Team take 999 service to award finals

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STAFF at the ambulance service headquarters in Bicester are doing their bit to save the environment.

The headquarters of the South Central Ambulance service is in Talisman Way in Bicester.

Last week the service was shortlisted in the Energy Efficiency category in the Health Service Journal Efficiency awards 2012.

Along with the colleagues at other centres, HQ staff have reduced their carbon footprint by 10 per cent since 2010, saving £436,795 from the running cost of its ambulance fleet and £150,000 from utility bills.

The service achieved that with the help of our 73 Green Team Champions who won colleagues over in the drive to reduce pollution.

SCAS Green Team Co-ordinator Brian Miller said: “I am delighted that the work we are doing locally to reduce our carbon footprint and to improve health has been recognised as a national example of best practice.

“To have come this far in just two years since we started this initiative is a remarkable accolade for the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment, not only of our 73 Green Team Champions, but of all our staff.”

SCAS’s NHS Foundation Trust’s two emergency Operations Centres take 1030 emergency calls a day, 300 of which are potentially life-threatening.

Winners will be announced at the Lancaster Hotel, Park Lane on September 25.