Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) spends just over £63.3 million in procuring goods, works and services each year to support its day-to-day activities, a sizeable part of the organisation’s overall expenditure of £284 million. Whether it’s providing equipment to ensure the safety of Scotland’s firefighters and its communities or helping maintain our stations and corporate buildings, procurement plays an important role right across the Service.

The SFRS’s procurement policies shall reflect relevant guidance in the Procurement section of the SPFM and relevant guidance issued by the SG’s Procurement and Commercial Directorate. Procurement should be undertaken by appropriately trained and authorised staff and treated as a key component of achieving the SFRS’s objectives consistent with the principles of Value for Money, the highest professional standards and any legal requirements. All external consultancy contracts over the value of £100,000 or any proposal to award a contract without competition (non-competitive action) over the value of £100,000 must be endorsed in advance by the Chief Officer.

Any major investment programmes or projects undertaken by the SFRS shall be subject to the guidance in the Major Investment Projects section of the SPFM. The sponsor unit must be kept informed of progress on such programmes and projects and Ministers must be alerted to any developments that could undermine their viability. ICT investment plans must be reported to the SG’s Office of the Chief Information Officer.

The SFRS shall pay all matured and properly authorised invoices relating to transactions with suppliers in accordance with the Expenditure and Payments section of the SPFM and in doing so shall seek wherever possible and appropriate to meet the SG’s target for the payment of invoices within 10 working days of their receipt.

More information on the SFRS can be found on the Public Contracts Scotland website.

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