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How Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority ('The Authority') buys goods, services and works.

Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority spent approximately £13 million in 2012/2013 on a wide range of goods, services and works.

The service must ensure that the money it receives through taxation is used as carefully as possible and that it achieves best value in the use of this money. The Authority’s Procurement Service Order (PSO) sets out the policy by which we spend money on goods, services and works. A significant proportion of the Authority’s expenditure is spent under formal contracts which have been subject to reasonable competition, in accordance with UK and EU Procurement legislation as well as the Authority’s PSO.

When appropriate, the Authority undertakes joint procurement with other Fire and Rescue Authorities. The Authority also makes use of framework agreements and contracts awarded by other bodies on behalf of public sector authorities e.g. Crown Commercial Service, Kent County Council, LASER, and the Consortium.

The Authority’s Contracts Register, together with details of all spend each month greater than £250, can be viewed on this website.

The Authority advertises new procurement opportunities on the South East Business Portal and on the Government's "Contracts Finder

The Authority's PSO specifies four Procurement thresholds which apply to the supply of goods, services and works from external sources (NB: all figures exclude VAT):

Description £ Threshold
1 Transactional procurement Minimum of one written quotation required £1 to £9,999
2 Low £ value Minimum of three written quotations required £10,000 to £74,999
3 Medium £ value Minimum three tenders and written contract required £75,000 to £129,999
4 High £ value Full tendering process which, depending on total £ value, may include publication of notice in Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), and written contract required £130,000 and above

Supplier Engagement

Prospective Suppliers can contact the Authority to introduce themselves and their products and/or services by contacting the Procurement Helpdesk:

Reference documents

For ease of reference the following documents have been posted to show prospective suppliers the procedures with which service staff must comply:


Further questions?

For further information contact:

Jim Peddie
Head of Procurement, Fleet and Facilities

Phone 01622 692121

Kent Fire and Rescue Service
The Godlands
ME15 6XB

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