Welcome to FIRED-uP


FIRED-uP - FIRE services Develop innovative Procurement

FIRED-uP focused on innovation as a way of improving the environmental performance of fire service fleets. London Fire Brigade and the City of Ghent, Belgium cooperated in this three-year project which started in June 2012. It was co-financed under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme of the European Union.

The project:

  • Examined the key environmental impacts of fire service vehicles and their relationship to operational requirements.
  • Identified successful approaches to market consultation for innovative procurement.
  • Identifed approaches to manage contractual risk, for both supply and service contracts.
  • Developed common performance-based specifications.
  • Undertook innovative procurement to meet operational needs in London and Ghent.
  • Improved awareness within the European fire service community of the environmental impacts of vehicles and how to procure a more innovative vehicle.

Outputs took the form of guidance on market engagement, a survey of innovations and good practice, models for assessing the environmental impact of fire service vehicles and procurement. Regular communication and an interim and final conference spread these results amongst fire and emergency services, public sector procurers, suppliers and other stakeholders.

More detailed information is available under Work Packages.

Is your brigade interested in accessing this technology?

LFB has established two framework agreements which can be used by any fire service in Europe or other bodies purchasing on their behalf. The frameworks cover the development, supply and installation of telematics and RFID tagging equipment, and associated software.

These frameworks will remain in place until November 2018 and include fixed pricing (with allowance for inflation) for a number of products and services.

If you are interested in receiving the user guide for the frameworks or discussing their use, please contact Abby Semple.
E-mail: abby.semple@london-fire.gov.uk,  Tel: + 44 (0) 788 126 9489

City of Ghent and the Ghent Fire Brigade have established a framework contract for a multifunctional second line fire vehicle which improves efficiency and reduces the environmental footprint of transport for daily logistics. The framework allows fire brigades and logistic operators in Europe to buy this innovation and to assemble it to their needs.

If you are interested in buying on our contract, please contact City of Ghent, Services and Logistics Division (FM),  Mr. Johan Hoste.

E-mail: johan.hoste@stad.gent, Tel: + 32 (0) 9 266 53 00


Towards Specification Development:
Informing & Engaging the Market.

This handbook will help the reader to understand the process of developing specifications when procuring innovation and can help other public authorities to implement PPI. It gathers the main steps supplemented with case studies which set out the experiences of London Fire Brigade and City of Ghent.

Procurement Outcomes and Lessons Learned

A report detailing the procurement processes and outcomes for London Fire Brigade and City of Ghent.

Contact Us: secretariat@fired-up.eu

Information in Dutch

Information in French

The final conference for the FIRED-uP project was held in London on 7-8 July. The project has focused on procuring innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of fire-fighting vehicles, especially in terms of emissions, fuel and water consumption.

Project partners London Fire Brigade and the City and Fire Brigade of Ghent, Belgium conducted background research and market consultations before piloting new systems to reduce the footprint of their vehicles. In London’s case, this meant collecting data on how vehicles and equipment are used to enable more efficient management of the fleet. These technologies are now available to fire and rescue services throughout Europe through the establishment of framework agreements. Ghent worked with an SME to design and prototype a support vehicle with CNG engine and energy-efficient hydraulic crane.

The final event was attended by about 60 representatives from other brigades, the European Commission and the suppliers appointed to develop the systems.

Above are the ‘’visual minutes” capturing the speeches given at the evening reception at London’s City Hall.  For the full version, click here.

For links to the demonstration day presentations click here.

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07/07/2015 : Visual Minutes from Evening Reception
Visual Minutes from Evening Reception
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07/07/2015 : Report on Innovative Procurement Contracts
Using new technologies to drive environmental and cost savings in fire service fleets
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13/04/2015 : FIRED-uP NEWSLETTER N0 4
reports on pilot projects
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04/11/2013 : Procurement of Innovation Platform
Developed to help public authorities, procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders harness the power of Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) and Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP)
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