Capita celebrates key milestones under Defence Fire and Rescue Project contract

Capita Fire and Rescue has taken on delivery of fire and rescue services at four new sites through its Defence Fire and Rescue Project (DFRP) contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD), in the latest in a series of key contract milestones.

In its first year of operation Capita Fire and Rescue has: successfully taken on full service delivery and transferred approximately 600 firefighters into the Capita workforce – despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic; completed the £5m construction of a new, purpose-built accommodation block and fire station at its Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh; commissioned and installed new ARFF rigs on the college’s incident ground, significantly enhancing specialist firefighter training; relocated centralised Defence firefighter training at the Capita-operated college following the ending of training at DFTDC Manston; completed more than 5000 Fire Risk Assessments for the MoD; responded to almost 3000 incidents since April 2020; met or exceeded all key performance indicators for the Defence Fire and Rescue Project contract; and begun the roll out of a fleet of new fire fighting appliances.

Throughout 2021, Capita Fire and Rescue will continue to procure and deliver new fire fighting vehicles, including Oshkosh High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) Strikers and Angloco Multi-Purpose Response Vehicles (MPRVs). So far 50 of these vehicles have been delivered to 11 sites, with a further 70 to be rolled out during 2021.

In addition, following its successful service delivery throughout 2020, Capita Fire and Rescue has now taken on fire and rescue service delivery at four additional MoD Royal Air Force (RAF) sites.

The new sites include the former Dambusters base and home of the Red Arrows, RAF Scampton, as well as RAF Cranwell, RAF High Wycombe and RAF Valley.

Jason Clay, MD, Capita Fire and Rescue, said, “We are extremely proud of our successful first year of operation, delivered under exceptionally difficult circumstances. The year culminated in the transfer of four new sites – a very strong measure of the confidence the Ministry of Defence has in Capita Fire and Rescue.

“For 2021, we look forward to continuing with our multi-year transformation journey and our work to create better fire risk outcomes for our client, customers and colleagues.”