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Cost saving ECFRS Scheme wins Government funding

The Service has been successful in its bid for Government funding from The Fire Transformation Fund to establish a cost saving insurance consortium.

Under the scheme, ECFRS is leading a syndicate of nine fire and rescue authorities to establish an insurance pooling arrangement open to all fire and rescue authorities. The Consortium will deliver savings by reducing insurance costs for all involved, while maintaining the same level of cover.

The scheme has been awarded £220,000 in funding and is expected to deliver public sector savings of £2.3 million.

ECFRS is also involved in another winning bid. A consortium, led by Kent Fire and Rescue Service, to establish a national procurement network. It has been awarded £370,000 and is expected to deliver savings of more than £27 million.

In all, 37 fire service schemes have received funding.

Fire Minster Penny Mordaunt said: “Fire services have done an amazing job over the last few years in reducing demand on their emergency services; there are fewer fires and deaths. But this means the service needs to adapt – to meet new demands and to ensure it is working in the most efficient way. That’s why we’ve set up the Fire Transformation Fund.

“One of the things that I found encouraging was the high number of bids looking to promote greater collaboration with other emergency services through sharing stations and services, sharing of back office functions, and joining up on service delivery. This is exactly the sort of innovation that is needed across the public sector and I look forward to seeing how these projects progress.”

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