Since our last publication we have completed the Competitive Dialogue Procurement Process for the New Command, Control and Communications System. We have arrived at a preferred bidder and contracts have been signed. This was an intense process involving in excess of 20 members of the wider Fire Service from operational senior officers to RCC managers and end users at every level.
The process involved:
- Demonstrations from the suppliers
- Demonstrations to the suppliers
- Review of their outline solution
- Formal scored presentations
- Review of their detailed solution
Throughout the process there were regular meetings with the suppliers to allow for dialogue and to ensure we were getting the best possible product that met all our specific requirements. Each stage had to be scored and the review team did an outstanding job in the timescale allotted.