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North Yorkshire Fire Service: first 'blue light' business champion

Date: 23 July 2010

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has become the first emergency service to become a Driving for Better Business champion.

The Northallerton-based service believes its success in becoming the first blue light organisation to achieve the status will lead to an increased focus by other fire and rescue services on managing occupational road risk.

Chris Anderson, deputy chief fire officer, said, "It is very pleasing to be the first fire and rescue service to become a business champion. The scheme is an excellent way of promoting not only the importance of road safety to businesses and the public sector but also highlights the operating efficiencies to be gained as a consequence of implementing the good practice measures identified through the process."

Michael Parish, programme consultant for the Driving for Better Business campaign, said, "The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service prides itself on the fact that its ethos is based on a system of constant analysis, of improvement and of training development.

"This is a lesson that all organisations can learn from as it should be the aim of every employer to reduce their at-work driving risk exposure and eliminate all incidents.

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