The Manhattan Beach Fire Department formed a Green Team to join in the City's "going green" movement, and they are taking the initiative to develop ideas that will make the Fire Department more environmentally friendly.
Even though the Fire Station is housed in a new building which incorporates several energy-saving features, it is still a large user of water and electricity. To reduce their impact on the environment, the MBFD Green Team is focusing their efforts on energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, and water conservation.
The MBFD Green Team will identify and implement steps that Fire personnel can take to help the environment, and they have already started to take action. The Green Team has distributed information and reminders to Fire personnel about recycling and saving water. They have also made reusable shopping bags available for each in-service vehicle to use for their everyday shopping.
The City is excited to have the Fire Department as partners in our effort to protect the environment. Fire personnel have signed a Going Green pledge filled with everyday things they will do to protect the environment, and they will wear Green Team t-shirts to raise community awareness around environmental protection on Earth Day. The City Council also signed the Going Green pledge, and received their very own MBFD Green Team shirts.
If you would like to see the MBFD Green Team in action, you can watch a video on how the Fire Department, and the community, can have some fun doing a few easy things to Go Green. Please click on "Manhattan Beach Fire Dept Green Team" to watch the video.
Over the next few months Fire personnel Thomas Desmond, Jeffrey Rice, Erick Strong, and Tim Viselli will work with the Department, the City, and residents to come up with other ways to Go Green. If you have any questions for the MBFD Green Team, please contact Chief Ferguson or the City's Public Works Department at (310) 802-5313.