Joint Purchasing Group

Issue 8 and Volume 141.

Joint Purchasing Group FEATURES MANAGEMENT Some Florida fire departments discover that cooperation is everything it’s cracked up to be. Fire departments are territorial beasts by both nature and design. With the exception of disasters and mutual aid agreements, most focus their efforts on their own service area. But on September 19, 1983, a historic event occurred in Broward County, Florida. After years of jurisdictional and territorial protectionism, 13 fire departments decided to ignore past prejudices and formed the Bi-County Joint Purchasing Committee. Today, this purchasing consortium has doubled in size and has realized about $647,130 in savings. The idea for a joint purchasing committee developed when the City of Deerfield Beach Fire/Rescue Department was shopping for a medical/rescue unit. Shocked at the prices being quoted and realizing that area departments purchased nearly the same equipment, Chief Tom Boylston and senior officers decided that joint purchasing was worth a try. Letters…

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