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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spend about £20 million each year on the procurement of goods, services and works from a diverse range of suppliers. It is our public duty to ensure this money is spent in the most effective way whilst delivering value for money and complying with our statutory duties.

As a public sector organisation the way in which we procure is governed by both internal regulations and national and European legislation. These regulations also include Social Value responsibilities and how we consider the impact that our procurement decisions have on our local economy and corporate objectives.

The following documentation is available to download on how procurement activities are managed within the Service:

Contract Opportunities

In line with our Corporate Procurement Strategy and Social Value Framework the Service is keen to ensure we work with a diverse range of suppliers in terms of their size, locality and type. We undertake pre-procurement engagement in order to identify and publicise procurement opportunities for our local and small businesses.

Any supplier interested in pursuing business opportunities with the Service should visit where they can register free of charge against contract categories that align with their business. When a contract opportunity arises within a category they have indicated, they will receive an alert and can then decide whether or not they wish to register an expression of interest against that specific opportunity and enter into the procurement process. Use of the Bluelight Portal is free of charge to suppliers and user guides are available in the Suppliers Area section. Registration also enables access to opportunities advertised by other participating Member Authorities within the Emergency Service Sector.

Existing Contracts

The Service already has existing contracts in place. In accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act details of the contract, title, start and end date is accessible through a contracts database The Bluelight Procurement Database (BLPD) enables a search facility on current contracts that have been awarded  The site also enables searches for other contracts let by participating Member Authorities within the Emergency Service Sector.

Procurement Contact

If you require further information and wish to get in touch please email us at

Local Transparency

Local transparency is part of the Government’s agenda for improved openness. In response to the Local Government Transparency Code 2015, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service provide financial transparency by publishing detailed information about our contracts, purchase orders, commissioned activities and framework agreements that exceed £5,000.

The purchase order information shows the reference number, supplier details, budget details, cost, description of the services and the status of the order. Information about our contracts and framework agreements can be found on the government’s Contract Finder and the Blue Light Database.


Financial year 2018/19    
Quarter 4 PDF / Open format CSV    
Quarter 3 PDF / Open format CSV    
Quarter 2 PDF / Open format CSV  

Purchase Orders and Payment Queries

Suppliers must be in receipt of a valid Purchase Order (PO) before providing goods and services. To avoid delay in payment the invoice must be legally compliant and include the relevant PO number. For queries regarding invoices or payments please contact the finance department via emailing the

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