Fire service strikes council deal

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service expects to save £2m over the next eight years after giving Nottingham City Council the contract to maintain its vehicles.

The £6m deal, which took effect at the beginning of July, has been awarded to the council following a competitive tendering exercise which involved nine private and public sector bidders.

The contract covers the maintenance and repair of fire engines, special appliances such as aerial ladder platforms, vans and cars, and also includes vehicle recovery, roadside assistance, MOT testing and accident repair.