Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority and Serco announce new partnership to bid for MOD fire service

Strictly embargoed until 09:30 on Tuesday 19 February 2013

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority (HFRA) and Serco have announced their intention to work together and bid for safety related contracts in both the public and commercial sectors. First amongst these is expected to be the Ministry of Defence (MOD) opportunity to bid for the Defence Fire Risk and Management Organisation (DFRMO), which is likely to come to market shortly. DFRMO currently provides fire risk management to MOD sites and operations in the UK and overseas.

Serco’s innovation, commercial know-how and experience in delivering services for the MOD and other safety critical organisations combined with HFRA’s excellent technical knowledge and expertise will bring together best practice from both sectors. This will offer customers a unique, high quality and cost-effective solution for delivering fire and rescue services.

HFRA will partner with Serco via a newly created commercial trading arm, which will re-invest its profits back into the services it provides to the local community.  This will not only help HFRA meet future financial challenges caused by the squeeze in public finances, but also help protect frontline services for the local community.

Councillor Royston Smith, Chairman of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority said: “In Serco we have found a strategic partner that complements our skills, has a strong track record of excellent service delivery and whose values are very much aligned with ours. Our partnership with Serco will not impact on the existing services we provide but it will improve our ability to generate income and so ensure we have the financial strength to provide the very best service to the people of Hampshire.  We very much look forward to working with them.”

Simon Pilling, Serco’s Managing Director, Defence added: “We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with one of the most respected and high performing fire and rescue services in the UK. HFRA are a proactive and highly efficient organisation that, like us, has strong values and is committed to excellent service delivery.”

Notes to editors

  1. The proposal for HRFA to partner with Serco was formally agreed by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority at a full authority meeting on 14 February 2013.  The letter of intent was signed by both parties following this decision.

  1. HRFA announced that it would create a commercial trading arm on 31 January 2012.

  1. The strategic partnership will offer a range of services, including: fleet maintenance; training; specialist services, such as specific advice on fire risk management; and fire engineering expertise.

  1. Serco currently owns and operates the UK’s only aviation fire training college (IFTC) and already delivers some DFRMO services to the RAF.

For further information and/or photographs, please contact:

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority media team:

         James Morton, 07718 888159, james.morton@hantsfire.gov.uk

         Charlotte Woodward, 07918 887567, charlotte.woodward@hantsfire.gov.uk

         Office number, 023 8062 6812, marketing.communications@hantsfire.gov.uk

Serco UK & Europe Media Relations team:

 

About Serco

Serco is a FTSE 100 international service company, which combines commercial know-how with a deep public service ethos.

Around the world, we improve essential services by managing people, processes, technology and assets more effectively. We advise policy makers, design innovative solutions, integrate systems and – most of all – deliver to the public.

Serco supports governments, agencies and companies who seek a trusted partner with a solid track record of providing assured service excellence. Our people offer operational, management and consulting expertise in the aviation, BPO, defence, education, environmental services, facilities management, health, home affairs, information and communications technology, knowledge services, local government, science and nuclear, transport, welfare to work and the commercial sectors.

More information can be found at www.serco.com.

About Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority

A Hampshire Combination Scheme Order came into force on 20 November 1996, this Order created the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority (HFRA). The Authority is a statutory body which oversees the policy and service delivery of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, comprising 25 members (councillors) appointed by the constituent councils in proportion to the number of local government electors in their respective areas (Hampshire County Council ,Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils). At present the County Council appoints 19 members and the City Council appoints three members to the Authority.

The current Chief Officer is John Bonney and the Authority’s Chairman is Councillor Royston Smith.

More information can be found at www.hantsfire.gov.uk

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