West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Chooses Michelin
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service has taken advantage of the pan-government tyre framework agreement available to all public sector organisations (PSOs) across the UK by appointing Michelin and ATS Euromaster as its sole tyre and tyre service supplier. Set-up by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), this tyre sourcing initiative enables West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service to benefit from significant efficiencies as a result of combined volumes, additional leverage and collaborative working between central government departments and wider public bodies nationwide.
Mike Walker, Fleet Controller for West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, says: “We’ve always fitted Michelin tyres to the fleet, but appointed ATS Euromaster as part of a strategic move to further improve the service standards we receive and to deliver best value. Since ATS Euromaster took over responsibility for supporting our fleet we have seen our average monthly tyre expenditure drop by approximately 20 per cent.
The West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service fleet includes 125 vehicles, ranging from cars, vans and 4×4 operational support units through to water tenders and aerial platforms.
As part of the ongoing relationship with Michelin, the fleet also benefits from specialist advice on recommended pressures, according to vehicle type and axle weights, which helps to ensure maximum vehicle safety on the road.
“Our front-line drivers all hold Home Office Emergency Front-Line Appliance Driver qualifications which enables them to travel at high speeds in emergency circumstances. This can involve hard cornering and heavy braking, which means having well maintained premium quality tyres is absolutely critical,” adds Mr Walker.
In addition to British Fire and Rescue Services, the new tyre framework agreement is open to all PSOs across the UK, including the Environment Agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, Ambulance Trusts, Her Majesty’s Prison Service and more than 600 local authorities, encompassing a combined vehicle parc of more than 300,000 vehicles.