Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service expects to save £2 million over the next eight years after choosing a new supplier to maintain its vehicles.
The £6 million contract, which took effect at the beginning of July, has been awarded to Nottingham City Council following a competitive tendering exercise which involved nine private and public sector bidders.
The council emerged as the strongest supplier when cost, quality and other factors such as risk and commercial criteria were considered. It achieved the highest overall score of all the competing tenders and demonstrated its ability to meet the performance standards required of the Fire Service.
The contract covers the maintenance and repair of fire engines, special appliances (eg Aerial Ladder Platform), vans and cars, and also includes vehicle recovery, roadside assistance, MOT testing and accident repair.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Nottingham City Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation said: "The City Council is proud to have won this ground-breaking contract. Sharing services makes financial and operational sense. We have well-equipped garage services and a flexible and well-trained team of vehicle mechanics. We plan to introduce innovative ways of working to maximise use of the workshop, with new shift patterns that include night-time working for around-the-clock support.
"This is excellent news for the City Council and provides value-for-money for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Council Tax payers of Nottinghamshire."
Frank Swann, Chief Fire Officer, said: "Our vehicles are critical to the delivery of our service and we need to be confident that they are well maintained and we have the support we need for testing and repairs. In these difficult economic times, competition for the lowest price is intense and it is pleasing to see that Nottingham City Council can offer the balance of both quality and price that is essential for an emergency service that public safety is so dependant on".
Cllr Darrell Pulk, Chair of the Fire Authority, said: "The tenders were independently assessed and Nottingham City Council came out with the highest score. Whilst the quality of service is clearly of paramount importance, it is also gratifying to see that the Service is able to save a significant sum from this new contract."
The process was managed on behalf of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service by Munro Kempton Associates Ltd.
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