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County Durham and Darlington Rescue Service Take Delivery of Nissan LEAF

A 100% electric LEAF has been delivered to County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) in a bid to meet the highest levels of environmental responsibility across all area’s of its operations.

CDDFRS went to Nissan for help to reduce its pool fleet carbon footprint and the LEAF, has proved to fit the bill.

They are using the LEAF to transport staff and guests between its headquarters in Framwellgate Moor to fire stations and various local authority offices.

The CDDFRS have given positive feedback, with the LEAF allowing the staff to cover the region easily on a single charge. This has meant making the switch to electric has cut there carbon footprint and reinvest money saved on fuel costs into other areas.

Delivery of the LEAF has been taken when new headquarters are being finalised at Belmont County Durham with the moved planned for this summer.

The new Belmont headquarters will have three electric charging points on site as part of the service’s

Andie MacKay, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service head of asset management said: “Nissan’s environmental policy and philosophy is reflective of our ecological vision to be a leading example in the community with a sustainable road transport fleet. It is hoped the partnership will bring enterprise benefits to both parties; the manufacturer of choice for an emergency service and the fire and rescue service aligning itself with a major employer and forward-thinking organisation in the area.”

The LEAF was collected by staff from the record-breaking Sunderland Plant, which has just launched production of both the LEAF and its lithium-ion batteries.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK said: “The 100% electric Nissan LEAF is becoming the vehicle of choice for more and more fleet operators who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and insulate themselves from rising fuel costs.

“We’re pleased to hear the positive feedback from Country Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service and that its staff are finding out just how much fun it is to drive an electric vehicle.”

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