Procurement procedures

The Procurement department is responsible for the procurement and supply of goods and services for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, including all fire stations and community safety centres throughout Cheshire.

The role of Procurement is to obtain best value for money. This means choosing the bid that offers the optimum combination of whole life costs and benefits to meet the customer's requirement. This is not necessarily the lowest initial price option and requires assessing the ongoing revenue/resource costs as well as the initial capital investment.

Financial Limits

It is Cheshire Fire Authority's policy to adhere to the following rules when obtaining quotes:

  • £5,000 - £50,000 (3 written quotes).

  • £50,000 - £213,477 inclusive of VAT (formal tender).

  • Over £213,477 inclusive of VAT (advertise in the Official Journal of European Union (OJEU), this is the threshold for Public sector goods and services).

Contracts and Agreements

All recorded information in relation to current Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service contracts can be found using the following link: 

In-Tend Electronic Tendering Site (opens in new window)

A login is not required to access the Contracts Register, just select the Contracts tab to access the contracts register, select current and filter by customer to identify the organisation you wish to search.

Ethical Procurement Strategy

The Ethical Procurement Strategy outlines the ethical responsibilities and core objectives of Cheshire Fire Authority in conducting its procurement of goods, services and works.

The Authority is committed to ensuring that all goods, services and works procured by it and on its behalf are sourced ethically, both in the way they are procured and the standards that contractors, service providers and suppliers are expected to meet.

The overarching objective is to ensure that the whole supply chain conforms to this Strategy.

Ethical Procurement Strategy 2022 (new window, PDF 3289KB)


The following supplier guide will assist suppliers who are interested in providing goods and services to Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service:

Supplier Guide (new window, PDF 212KB)

General terms and conditions

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service General Terms and Conditions (new window PDF 37 KB)

Last updated: Friday, 18 August 2023