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MFB has a long history of reducing the environmental impacts of its office and firefighting operational activities.

MFB's environmental program is driven by a commitment to provide emergency response, fire suppression and prevention services in a sustainable manner. MFB’s long-term strategy is focussed on reducing the impact of MFB facilities, fleet and firefighting operations on the environment. Environment Policy 2014 

Current environmental objectives:

  1. Improve building energy efficiency by 5 per cent by 2014/15 and 15 per cent in 2016/17.
  2. Reduce the total emissions of MFB transport by 5 per cent by 2014/15 and increase the fuel efficiency of our fleet by 5 per cent by 2014/15.
  3. Reduce MFB water use by 20 per cent in 2014/15.
  4. Achieve 80 per cent recovery of waste for recycling by 2014/15.
  5. Increase employee awareness and reduce demand on natural resources.
  6. Design all new fire stations to 5 star Green Star standards.
  7. MFB’s environmental targets are set in relation to our baseline year of 2005/06.

Environmental actions

To implement the above environmental commitments in the current three year environment strategy, MFB established a senior management level environment committee that has accountable representatives from property services, firefighting operations, fleet, information communication services and procurement.

To date, MFB has undertaken the following actions:

  • solar hot water systems installed in selected fire stations
  • 5 star Green Star building at Burnley
  • full wastewater recycling capability at Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre
  • use of a firefighting foam that has a reduced environmental impact
  • purchase of fire appliances with the highest emissions standards available
  • recycled paper purchased for all sites
  • co-mingled recycling at all sites
  • approved use of Class A recycled water for fire fighting
  • innovative water recycling module, developed to recycle water during station training drills
  • installation of water efficient fittings at fire stations
  • installation of rainwater tanks at fire stations
  • solar PV on selected fire stations.

Climate change

MFB recognises that the climate is changing, becoming hotter and with weather becoming more extreme.

The MFB has responded to a number of significant weather related events with other Victorian emergency organisation partners  in the last five years (for example, Hazelwood mine fire 2014 and the 7 February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires).

MFB is committed to increasing the adaptation and resilience of the MFB, our Victorian emergency partners and the community to be able to better respond to these increasingly frequent and extreme weather events.

Sustainability Reporting

MFB reported internally on MFB’s non-financial performance in its first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report. This is the first CSR report for an emergency services organisation in Australia. MFB is looking to reporting publicly in the future.  MFB’s reports environmental performance externally through its annual reports.

For further information, please contact MFB’s Environmental Leadership Co-ordinator.


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