Fire protection Ltd is a part of the Hotchkiss group and one of the Britain’s leading manufacturers and installers of fire-resistant ductwork. Fire Protection Ltd markets the Flamebar range of passive fire resistant products, including the highly successful Flamebar BW11 and BW18 fire rated duct system.
We were made aware of FORS when tendering for work across London and we looked at the requirements and the benefits of joining the scheme which we saw that is fitted perfectly with our ethos of improving safety and fuel efficiency.
Martin Clarke is our Transport Manager and Fuel Champion, while Matthew Ekhator is responsible for monitoring and managing fuel consumption and road risk as they knows very well how important it is to keep running costs down while running a very safe and efficient Fleet.
We first gained FORS Bronze in August 2013. The following year in March we achieved Silver and last two years we got the Gold recognition by improving on the existing system we already have in place.
Benefiting from FORS assessment
The safety of vulnerable road users and fuel efficiency is the area we consider of paramount important and working with FORS, such as through their workshops has provided a further impetus and helped in consolidating awareness across our transport operation.
FORS has provided our driver with better training through their courses such as the urban drivers course and their E- Learning programme which are cycle safety and van smart, also with the in house tool box talk which has given us real drivers focus and has helped our fleet operative become more involved in ensuring the fleet operation is professional and competent.
|Litres of fuel||Total fuel cost||
|Miles per gallon||Total Co2 tonnes|
|2015 to 2016||5481||6296||22,777||1906||3.9|
|2016 to 2017||3557||4065||17,255||1805||4.1|
According to the chart above 2016 to 2017 we have an increase of 0.2 tonnes of CO2 per annum, a reduction of 5522 in mileage per annum and also a reduction of 1924 litre of fuel per annum as shown above. We can attribute these savings predominantly to FORS training and our planning system which ensures our vehicle run the most efficient routes and minimise unnecessary road miles
FORS has also help with the introduction of driver’s health and fitness check list, driving licence check from DVLA, drivers working hours checklist, help us in the introduction of strategy for recruiting drivers and appointing a FORS practitioner for managing and monitoring fuel consumption and road risk.
Fire Protection has an ongoing commitment to vehicle safety improvement and fuel efficiency which has contributed significantly to road safety where cyclists and pedestrian are in closer proximity.
We are proud to be FORS gold accredited, but we can’t rest on our laurels because we intend to continue to monitor and advance with FORS by moving with the elite of enviable Gold accreditation status. We will continue to achieve with FORS as it is not an exclusive club but a necessary addition to any business and we strive to do better by applying FORS principle and practice throughout our business.
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