24 April 2007 | Paul Snell
Firebuy, the national purchasing organisation for the fire service, has appointed Terry Brewer as its chief executive.
Brewer has been the interim chief executive of the group, which handles purchasing and contract negotiations for England's 47 Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs), since its inception in April 2006.
He was previously head of procurement at the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), responsible for a spend of around £20 million. He had worked for LFEPA since 1986.
Last month Firebuy signed a deal with Bristol Uniforms as the preferred supplier of protective clothing. FRAs will now be able to buy the clothing from the Firebuy contract, rather than tender on their own.
Liz Barron, chairwoman of Firebuy, said: "This represents a major milestone for collaboration and is a positive example of the way the fire service will procure its major goods and services in the future. Real efficiency savings will be made via the combined purchasing leverage."