The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Police Scotland are to jointly procure buildings maintenance services.
The two organisations have agreed a hard facilities management deal that will include planned and unplanned maintenance services for properties, including mechanical and electrical services, maintenance, repairs and minor works.
The agreement aims to make significant savings and provide value for money for both organisations and the public, after discussions revealed there was scope to tender for a single national provider.
The two organisations said the benefits from the partnership included the rationalisation of existing contractual arrangements, streamlining of processes and the collection of robust and consistent management information for future contract development.
Sarah O'Donnell, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s director of finance and contractual services, said: “In terms of the strategic benefits, this partnership provides further scope to enhance our capacity for working together and sharing best practice between the organisations.”
Vic Emery, chairman of the Scottish Police Authority, said: “The more efficiently we run the organisation of policing, the more of our resources we can direct to sustain frontline officers and staff working in our communities.”