Cities, counties and fire protection districts continue to struggle with both budgets and the ability to provide timely and safe fire/ EMS response. Apparatus are often large capital investments that range from $100,000 to over $1,000,000 per vehicle. However, the line item purchase order cost of the apparatus is only one element of consideration in the total cost of the truck during its in-service life. Other considerations include the staffing, cost of future replacements, maintenance, spare parts, training, as well as the administrative costs of acquisition.
KME has worked closely with departments nationwide to explore ways to minimize the acquisition costs of apparatus as well as the total cost of ownership. All of the strategies focused on several important points including:
Assurance of competitive pricing and audit accountability
Established pricing guidelines for future purchases
Minimizing administrative costs and product price increases
Minimizing training, service and parts inventory expense
Allowing for competitive bids at any time should they choose to do so
Some of the options KME can provide include:
• Long Term Purchase Agreement
• Cooperative Purchasing Contract
• Add/Tag-On to Public Bids
Below is some information about cooperative purchasing contracts.
Contact your KME Sales Rep for details on these contracts or for tag-on’s to other existing bids for big savings!