02 November 2000
Greater collaborative procurement across the three emergency services produces major benefits, according to the preliminary findings from a study by Suffolk Fire Service.
The report, which is due to be published in January, highlights opportunities for national co-operation between services in fleet maintenance, driver training, finance and personnel services, accommodation provision and maintenance, benchmarking information and purchasing common goods.
Paul Wade, chairman of the joint emergency services group, which produced the report, said that the findings followed successful regional initiatives. Services in Suffolk saved between 15 per cent and 20 per cent on fuel after launching its programme last year. However, staff reaction has been poor.