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CO-OP SPECS AND PURCHASING REDUCE FIRE APPARATUS COSTS

Issue 8 and Volume 136.

CO-OP SPECS AND PURCHASING REDUCE FIRE APPARATUS COSTS APPARATUS/EQUIPMENT Team effort has always been synonymous with the fire service. Now this spirit of cooperation is helping departments cut purchasing costs on new equipment. When the Hertz Corporation purchases several thousand Chevy Citations for its 1983 fleet, General Motors no doubt will sell these vehicles at a very competitive price. Quantity purchasing is one way that many companies and corporations are able to reduce their operating costs. Obviously, fire departments could profit by purchasing fire apparatus through a fleet concept, but few city fire departments can justify or afford a large enough quantity of apparatus to coax a fleet price from manufacturers. However, what if several cities departments formed a kind of co-op to increase their buying power through group purchasing? Fire departments from six cities in the south-central United States did just that. These departments formed an InterState Fire Apparatus…

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