CINCINNATI, OH— FirstGroup America announced that it has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Green Cross for Safety Medal from the National Safety Council (NSC). FirstGroup America, part of FirstGroup PLC, is the largest transportation company in North America. FirstGroup employs 100,000 people across North America and operates First Student, the largest provider of student transportation in North America; First Transit, the largest private provider of transit management and contracting services; First Services, the largest privately owned vehicle maintenance service business and Greyhound, the national provider of scheduled inter-city bus services.
As announced by the NSC at its 96th Annual Congress & Expo in Anaheim this week, the decision to present FirstGroup with the Green Cross for Safety Medal reflects the National Safety Council's recognition of FirstGroup's strong safety culture, the company's commitment to its core values of safety and customer service, and its outstanding safety record.
Safety and customer service underpin everything at FirstGroup, from its Injury Prevention program, safety policies and training to its focus on vehicle maintenance, community support and environmental initiatives.
"This medal is a testament to the focus on safety of the entire organization. Our commitment to the safety of our employees and customers through our Injury Prevention Program means if you cannot do it safely don't do it. I am extremely pleased and proud to receive this award on behalf of all staff at FirstGroup," said FirstGroup Chief Executive, Sir Moir Lockhead.
NSC will present FirstGroup and Sir Moir with the Green Cross for Safety Medal at a special recognition dinner to be held in spring 2009. Past recipients of the Green Cross for Safety Medal include: Delta Air Lines, UPS, DuPont, Liberty Mutual Group, Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler, Kenny Construction Company, Ryder Systems Inc., Intel Corporation, and AK Steel Corporation.
About FirstGroup America
FirstGroup America, headquartered in Cincinnati, is North America's largest transportation company. With 100,000 employees, FirstGroup America operates First Student, the largest provider of student transportation in the U.S. and Canada; First Transit, the largest private provider of transit management and contracting services; First Services, the largest private sector provider of fleet maintenance services, and Greyhound bus lines. Parent corporation FirstGroup PLC, is the world's leading transportation company, serving more than 2.5 billion passengers per year throughout the UK and North America. For more information, visit www.firstgroupamerica.com.
About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping people safe by preventing injuries and deaths wherever they may occur -- at work, in homes, communities and on the roads -- through leadership, research, education and advocacy.