Published date: 29 July 2020

Last edited date: 5 August 2020

Open future opportunity - This means that the buyer is not yet ready to invite bid applications but early notification has been provided and some dialogue may be possible.

Approach to market date: 1 November 2020

Contract summary


  • Fire-detection systems - 31625100

  • Smoke-detection apparatus - 38431200

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract

£300,000 to £30,000,000

Procurement reference


Published date

29 July 2020

Approach to market date

1 November 2020

Contract start date

1 June 2021

Contract end date

31 May 2025

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued above a certain financial threshold.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (The Authority) are seeking expressions of interest from suppliers for an upcoming opportunity to provide Smoke Alarms and associated equipment under a National Framework Agreement for the Fire Sector. Fire Service personnel undertake Safe and Well visits within their local communities on a daily basis; through these visits equipment requirements are identified and issued.

Establishing a national framework agreement will mean that all Fire and Rescue Authorities in England; Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; the States of Jersey; Guernsey and Isle of Man; could have one route to market to purchase Smoke Alarms. The invitation to tender would be published November 2020 and the framework would be let for four years commencing June 2021.

Currently the Lots below have been identified, additional ones may be added:

Lot 1 - Stand alone devices (including smoke alarms, heat alarms, CO alarms)

Lot 2 - Interconnected devices (including smoke alarms, alerting pad and strobe, heat alarms, CO alarms)

To express an interest in this framework agreement please complete the attached form or email providing the following details:

Your company contact details

A brief overview of your company (1000 words max)

If you would be interested in bidding for the framework

What products could be supplied from each Lot

Are there any products not identified already that you think should be included?

Confirm you could deliver to all the UK Fire and Rescue Service (a list can be located on the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) website:

Whether your company charges delivery for any of these products?

Whether call off orders can be placed, and stocks held at your locations?

Whether your company has minimum order quantities?

Please respond by 31 August 2020.

More information

Spend profile

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Financial year Budget
2021/2022 £5,255,000


Additional text

Please complete the attached form and return to by 31 August 2020

How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer

Contact name

Jacky Perkins


99 Vauxhall Road


Approach to market date: 1 November 2020