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This section of the website contains information in relation to the Fleet Category. Links to the Fleet high level version of the Category Strategy, Case Studies and latest News/Updates are below.

Category Strategy
Case Studies
Category News and Updates
NFCC Emergency Response Vehicles Framework Documents

 Category Introduction

The scope of the Fleet category incorporates all vehicles owned, leased or hired by FRS including the goods and services required to maintain, repair, modify and keep the vehicles fit for purpose and available for use. The category does not include the operational or ICT equipment fitted to the vehicles or other types of operational assets such as Fire Boats or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The category does not include the employment, estates, insurance or training costs associated with fleet activities as these will form part of other category areas.

Chief Fire Office Sponsor Biography – Stuart Errington

Chief Fire Officer Stuart Errington joined what was County Durham Fire Brigade in January 1993 as a firefighter. He has had a wide and varied operational career serving at a number of fire stations and in support departments across the Service. Stuart was appointed Chief Fire Officer, on an interim basis, in August 2015 becoming the first person in the Service’s history to progress internally from firefighter to chief officer. His appointment was made substantive on 21 March 2016. In 2006, Stuart spent two years seconded to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) as a Business Change Manager attached to the National Resilience Programme for Fire and Rescue Services. He became a Principal Officer (Assistant Chief Fire Officer) in 2009 and was promoted to Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 2012. For the last five years Stuart has held the elected position of National Secretary of the Association of Principal Fire Officers (APFO). He represents the Chief Fire Officers Association at the Inclusive Fire Services Working Group, leads on the national procurement work stream for fleet and Chairs the Draeger User Group. In order to drive income generation to help mitigate cuts to central government funding, Stuart established the Service’s Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2013 and chaired the board of directors until stepping down when he took over as Chief Fire Officer. Stuart has been a Graduate of the Institute of Fire Engineers since 1998, gained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester in 2007 and a Master of Science (MSc) in Managing Organisational Performance from Cranfield University in 2011. In January 2014 he successfully completed the Business Directors Programme with Cranfield University. Stuart is married with two children and lives in Belmont, Durham. In his limited spare time he enjoys triathlon and competing in endurance running events.

Commercial Category Lead Biography – Melanie Walsh

Melanie became Head of Procurement and a member of the Service Leadership Team within Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service in 2012. She currently has a team of ten staff working across both procurement and supplies. Page 6 of 15 Newsletter July 2017 In 2004 Melanie joined the fire service as Regional Procurement Manager for the then seven South West Fire and Rescue Services representing the region on the CFOA National Procurement Group. In 2008, Melanie obtained a Masters in Strategic Procurement Management from University of Glamorgan and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in 2011. Melanie holds Prince II and Managing Successful Programmes qualifications and has led on a variety of national, regional and collaborative procurement projects. Melanie received a Society of Procurement Officers Award for outstanding contribution to procurement in 2004 and a Government Opportunity Individual Excellence Award in 2007. Prior to joining the Fire Service, Melanie worked at Devon and Cornwall Police in a variety of procurement and contract roles. Melanie is part of the South West Regional Procurement Board and is the Fire representative on the Local Government Associations National Advisory Group for Procurement. For further information about this Procurement Category please review the ‘Fleet Category Overview’ which has been provided with this newsletter and/or contact Melanie Walsh at Devon & Somerset FRS, mwalsh@dsfire.gov.uk. A full, detailed Category Strategy will be issued later in July for consultation.