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S5W-13333: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when it expects the internal report of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) into the abandoned procurement process for structural fire kit and personal protective equipment to be completed and submitted to the SFRS Board and Audit Scotland, and whether the report will detail all of the evidence that it considered in coming to its conclusions.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 10 January 2018

SFRS has acknowledged that the performance of its procurement and asset management departments have, in this instance, fallen below an acceptable standard. A comprehensive investigation into the abandoned procurement process, led by an experienced Senior Officer, is underway.

The timing and actions following the investigation is a matter for the SFRS.

SFRS is committed to the effective use of taxpayer funds. It will adhere to all learnings and ensure it takes steps to strengthen its capabilities where required.

Personal Protective Equipment for Scotland’s firefighters has now been sourced from an established purchasing framework.