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January 2016

Reduce Costs and Streamline Procurement of Fire Safety Alerting Systems with the FireRescue GPO

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Many fire departments and municipalities find themselves making tough budget decisions in today’s economic climate. Yet it’s imperative that they are using the most advanced equipment and systems, such as ones for fire station alerting (FSAS). To save money while reducing overhead, more and more departments and municipalities are taking advantage of the power of group purchasing. And through FireRescue GPO – a program of National Purchasing Partners Government Division (NPPGov) – they can do just that. This national group purchasing program offers cost savings to public entities, facilitating the creation of publicly solicited contracts on behalf of its tens of thousands of members nationwide. This also saves time and streamlines the purchasing process since municipalities don’t have to go through a time consuming and labor intensive RFP process of their own.

How it works

FireRescue GPO operates in partnership with Western Fire Chiefs Association, which manages the FireRescue Advisory Council, and a revenue-sharing program with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, their Divisions and the State Chiefs Associations. NPPGov uses a lead public agency to solicit and award contracts through a public Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Because these contracts comply with government purchasing regulations and include “piggybacking” language, fire departments and municipalities that become members can use them in place of their own RFP process. PURVIS is on NPPGov’s fire station alerting system contract.

The PURVIS FSAS is an award-winning, IP-based alerting solution designed to automate the process of alerting fire and rescue personnel, enhance communications, and decrease response times. Its rich features and functionality proactively support the day-to-day operations and environmental health, comfort and safety of first responders.

Benefits of participation

Fire departments and municipalities have much to gain by becoming members of the FireRescue GPO. For one, they eliminate the RFP and bidding process when they want to purchase or replace their FSAS. Along with that, they avoid the need to fill out spec sheets and other forms associated with the RFP process, while greatly reducing the procurement cycle. Just as important, this streamlined process obviates the need for senior fire officials to dedicate valuable time to a lengthy procurement process. Moreover, member stations and municipalities can take advantage of discounted rates, for welcome cost savings.

To learn more, contact John Kinner at 877.360.5023 ext 103 or jkinner@purvis.com.