Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (Source LinkedIn)TechnologyOne has announced that Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) has implemented its financial management solution. The contract, according to stotles, was worth £260, 363 and was awarded on 25th November 2022. The solution is now live with the celebration. Including a cake that was shared by the implementation teams three months ago, according to a post on LinkedIn.

CFRS is responsible for delivering a fire and rescue service to the 890,000 people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The service has 400 highly trained firefighters working from 27 fire stations. The service attends around 1,600 fires, 400 road traffic collisions, and 1,400 ‘special service’ incidents. In its 22/23 report, it also increased the number of business engagements to 719 from 406 the previous year.

This increased pressure has meant the importance of accurate financial management and reporting has never been more important. CFRS has now implemented the TechnologyOne Financials solution, including Supply Chain Management. The latter will help the service to manage the strategic procurement and asset replenishment decisions for CFRS’ fleet of 41 fire engines. As well as numerous other specialist vehicles and equipment.

Matthew Warren, CFRS Deputy Chief Executive
Matthew Warren, CFRS Deputy Chief Executive

CFRS Deputy Chief Executive Matthew Warren said, “Our fire stations vary in status from being staffed 24/7, 365 days a year, to being completely on-call, where firefighters go about their normal lives and respond to an alert when a 999 call comes in for that area. As a smaller rural fire service with a tight budget, it is always a juggling act to prioritise areas for improvement.

“We have partnered with TechnologyOne to futureproof our services. By implementing a single solution that unites our financial processes, we can make faster, more informed decisions and stretch our budget appropriately to ensure we are providing the best possible coverage to residents.”

Winning business in Cambridgeshire and beyond

TechnologyOne has had significant wins across fire services. With the Scottish Fire Service and North Wales Fire and Rescue Services also leveraging the TechnologyOne platform. In Cambridgeshire, this is the latest authority in the county to adopt TechnologyOne solutions. Other TechnologyOne users include Cambridge City Council, Huntingdon District Council  and South Cambridgeshire District Council. The University of Cambridge also uses the TechnologyOne solution following its acquisition of Scientia in 2021.

TechnologyOne UK Executive Vice President Leo Hanna said, With constant regulatory and compliance changes, it’s easy to get caught up in siloed data, disparate systems and tedious manual processes. Our SaaS solutions are tailored to meet the unique needs of essential services and local authorities, providing an integrated structure to manage all financial information in real-time, allowing for enhanced efficiency, transparency, and overall service delivery, all the while lowering their costs.

“CFRS’s decision to embrace innovation for the benefit of their community is an admirable effort amidst their ongoing work safeguarding the lives of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents. We are thrilled to partner with them on their journey toward digital excellence.”

Enterprise Times: What does this mean?

This is another solid win for TechnologyOne as it expands its footprint across the Fire Services in the UK. TechnologyOne is also gaining increasing revenue from G-Cloud, reaching £3.5 million in the last financial year (2023/24). That success looks set to continue with £0.6million spent in the current year, according to the Crown Commercial Service.

With the solution now live, it will be interesting to see whether CFRS help TechnologyOne by producing a case study that demonstrates the impact of its solution. This could help it win ever more customers across fire services in the UK.


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