Budget cuts and aggressive procurement timelines continually challenge fire service agencies. Public safety and municipal leaders must seek creative ways to save money and reduce overhead to keep budget cuts from affecting staffing. Group or cooperative purchasing is a solution to reduce costs and efficiently purchase the products and services that are critical for departments to perform their jobs, keep the public safe, and serve their communities. This procurement method has been an option exercised on a regional basis for years and is now a popular procurement method utilized by all types of government agencies nationwide.
Participants will learn how cooperative procurement programs work and how they can be utilized or developed in their area. Specific information of the legal aspects of cooperative purchasing will be covered.
Describe what a cooperative purchasing program is
Identify the types of laws that allow for cooperative purchasing
Know how to utilize a cooperative contract
Identify some examples of products and services that are available through cooperative purchasing programs