Babcock International Group PLC has been announced as the preferred tenderer on the multi million pound contract to manage London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) fleet. Following the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s (LFEPA) announcement, there will be a mandatory 10 day standstill period before the process can continue to final contract award. The contract is expected to become operational on 13 November 2014.
Over the 21-year contract period, Babcock will be working with London Fire Brigade, the UK’s largest fire and rescue service, to manage and maintain its fleet of 500 vehicles and 50,000 pieces of specialist equipment across an operational territory covering 1587 square hectares of Greater London.
Since November 2012, Babcock has successfully delivered LFB’s fleet management services, delivering high availability across its vehicles and equipment and ensuring support when and where it has been needed.
Neal Misell, Babcock’s Managing Director, Critical Services, said, “We are delighted to have been chosen as the preferred tenderer on this important contract, and look forward to collaborating with London Fire Brigade on increasing the fleet’s efficiency and resilience to meet the future demands of London.
“Our engineering expertise coupled with proven capability has consistently delivered within the emergency services sector to customers that include the Metropolitan Police Service’s operational fleet and the Government’s New Dimension fleet, where Babcock has helped increase resilience, reduced costs, introduced innovation and helped customers maintain critical frontline focus.”
As part of Babcock’s commitment to LFB, a significant investment will be made in the operational premises both at the existing site in Ruislip and at a new facility in Greenwich. This will provide facilities for the management and maintenance of the fleet as well as well as enabling greater community engagement.
This new contract builds on Babcock’s long-term partnership with LFB, following the 25-year LFB’s training contract award in 2011. Babcock is developing and delivering enhanced training programmes and new world-class training facilities to LFB.