At FirstOnSite we strive to embrace thinking that reaches beyond our business and extends into our communities, our workplaces, our marketplace, and our environment.
Our 1,100 employees across the country have been and are engaged in many local and regional charities and events in the communities where we live:
- Medicine Hat Sponsors the 2011 Firefit Championships
- A FirstOnSite Holiday Tradition in Belleville
- Supporting Hockey in Goderich
- 911 Blitz Build with Habitat for Humanity
Years ago, when we came together as a single organization, we realized that we needed to adopt a formal environmental policy. In those few years, we have continued to work towards the highest standards of environmental responsibility. We expect all our offices to adopt industry best practices around environmental performance, emphasizing energy conservation, environmental risk assessment, recycling and waste diversion, and healthy work environments for all our employees.
We use internal management controls and third-party benchmarks to ensure we are living up to our standards, and also review our performance regularly to ensure we are taking the necessary steps to continue to reduce our impact on the environment.
Our environmental policy and its related procedures, which serve as a set of guiding principles and practical measures for the Company, are administered under the supervision of our Health and Safety/Environmental staff, which provides an annual environmental review.
FirstOnSite and the Environment
FirstOnSite is committed to conducting all of its business activities in a manner that recognizes the need to preserve the quality of our environment.
- Promote environmental responsibility and conservation to all employees/sub-trades;
- Distribute the policy and all relevant procedures to employees with applicable job accountabilities for their guidance and implementation into business practices;
- Ensure the Company’s risk analysis and risk management procedures include consideration of environmental matters;
- Comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations and, where possible, participate in the ongoing dialogue to establish and promote practical environmental goals; and
- Establish procedures to ensure the effective implementation of these policies.
As an example, in 2008 we introduced the Esporta Wash System® into our inventory of specialty restoration equipment. Esporta is a unique and powerful cleaning system that enables us to recover items that previously would have been unsalvageable. Prior to the introduction of the Esporta Wash System®, those items would have ended up in a landfill.
465 dump truck loads of soft contents restored
Industry-wide, organizations using the Esporta Wash System® have restored over 465 dump truck loads (377 tons/5,583 cubic yards) of soft contents that would otherwise have been diverted to a landfill.
Our 1,100 employees across the country have been and are engaged in many local and regional charities and events in the communities where we live.
Some of our Southern Ontario locations are active supporters of Camp McGovern through various fundraising efforts, including the OGI Hockey Tournament and the KW Athlete of the Year. Camp McGovern was originally created to give underprivileged children the opportunity to go to camp, and today over 400 kids have the opportunity to attend each year. The camp only takes children involved in Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs around Ontario and from local United Way member agencies. All revenues go to the development of property and programs, and to subsidize the campers who attend the camp.
On the East Coast our employees and locations have a long history of supporting a variety of local and community events and activities, including:
- Supporting staff members going to work with “Hearts for the Homeless” in Madagascar, Africa
- Open Door Ministries in Charlottetown, PEI
- Covenant House – Canada’s largest youth shelter for homeless youth
- Salvation Army
- Meals on Wheels
- International Needs Network
- Canadian Red Cross
- Crossroads Missions
- Prince County Hospital – Sponsor of their “Malawi Medical Team,” a group that travels abroad to provide health care support to rural communities in Malawi, Africa
- Canadian Council for the Blind
- Canadian Cancer Foundation
- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
- Canadian Paraplegic Association
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Asthma Research
- Many local sports teams
- Big Lake Camp
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters (Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick)
- Bowl for Kids Sake
- PEI Police Association
- And many more…
Many of our locations also have strong ties to our fire fighters associations and departments across the country.