Switched on to Earth Hour

FIREFIGHTERS throughout NSW will be doing their bit for Earth Hour tomorrow.

The NSW Fire Brigades and Rural Fire Service will switch off computer monitors and non-essential lighting for an hour.

“The NSWFB is committed to combating climate change and by participating in Earth Hour, we are helping to reduce our carbon footprint and helping to send an important message to the community,” NSWFB Commissioner Greg Mullins said.

“Cooling systems, ventilation and lighting are the three most significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions in office buildings, but it is lighting where we have the greatest potential to reduce emissions, as it simply involves people flicking a switch.”

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the RFS was happy to support the worldwide effort by switching off lighting at many of its offices and stations.

“Not only will the lights be switched off at our major facilities across the State, we're also encouraging our 2200 brigades and 70,000 members to join the effort,” he said.

“Switching off the lights for an hour is a small act, but when combined with the many millions of people around the world doing likewise, it shows the power of the community working together.”



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