South Kitsap Fire & Rescue Uses FireRescue GPO for Multiple Apparatus Purchase

March 21, 2017

South Kitsap Fire & Rescue, located on the Kitsap Peninsula west of Seattle, was in need of replacing their eet. About half of the engines were over 25 years old. Division Chief Jeff Faucett spearheaded the logistics for the purchase and made Fire Chief Steve Wright’s mission of replacing the engines a reality. In Nov 2015, voters passed a bond providing the funds South Kitsap Fire & Rescue needed to start replacing their fleet.

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The awarded bond was for multiple apparatus, but there had to be a way to make the funds go even further. Chief Faucett knew the bid process would take considerable time, but he needed to get the ball moving quickly. As a long-standing user of Pierce re apparatus, South Kitsap Fire & Rescue wanted to maintain the Pierce standard for their new fleet purchases. Chief Faucett worked with Dan Hayes of Hughes Fire Equipment (a Pierce Manufacturing Dealer) on a solution. In an effort to streamline the process, Dan proposed the use of a cooperative contract and suggested NPPGov/FireRescue GPO. “This was another way to get what we wanted and was a great t for us,” said Chief Faucett. “Not only was the process streamlined and we saved money, but we received the engines and tenders quickly and beat the annual price increase. We saved a significant amount of money, which helped with the other needs we had.” This sentiment was echoed by Dan, who said, “they saved money, took advantage of a streamlined process that saved time, and were able to get the products they wanted. FireRescue GPO is easier to use than other cooperatives from an admin point of view, so I was thrilled they used it.”

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South Kitsap Fire & Rescue was able to take advantage of the broad specifications covered in the FireRescue GPO – Pierce contract to get the vehicles they wanted while also saving time and money by using a cooperative contract. They can now more efficiently and quickly help those in need and proudly show voters what their money purchased: 11 engines and tenders expected to arrive early 2017.

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