Scottish Ambulance has awarded Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, a five-year preferred supplier agreement for the installation of in-vehicle TETRA radios, mobile telephones and ancillaries for the emergency service’s fleet of 1,400 vehicles. The deal is worth an estimated £450,000.
The agreement with Arqiva will ensure that every Scottish Ambulance vehicle will continue to have its communications equipment installed reliably and professionally. Efficient and reliable in-vehicle communications is a vital part of delivering effective healthcare services.
As well as installing new vehicles with radios, Arqiva will be de-installing radios from decommissioned vehicles and re-fitting them in other vehicles, providing flexibility and cost-effective savings.
Commenting on the decision to select Arqiva, Fred Davidson, procurement officer at Scottish Ambulance, said: ‘Arqiva was selected for the contract as they demonstrated an ability to provide good quality workmanship coupled with a superior ability to manage logistical challenges with minimal disruption to the operational performance of our vehicle fleet.
‘Combined with their long-standing heritage of working alongside Airwave and other emergency services, this made them the strongest candidate in a competitive tender, and we look forward to working closely with the Arqiva team to ensure the Scottish public continues to have the best service we can provide,’ said Davidson.
The Scottish Ambulance deals follows on from other emergency service organisations, including Thames Valley, Warwickshire, Cheshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire police forces, which rely on Arqiva for their vehicle communication installation and support requirements.
Andy Norris, government director at Arqiva, added: ‘We are very pleased to have been selected by Scottish Ambulance for this extensive agreement. We were keen to demonstrate that Arqiva understands how public safety services operate on a day-to-day basis and the demands placed on in-vehicle communications. We are confident that our experience will ensure that we can meet Scottish Ambulance requirements efficiently, expertly and with lower operating costs.’
Work on the first ambulance will begin in the first week of May. The agreement also includes the option for an extension for a further three years, which could see Arqiva providing the service until February 2020.