Public Safety GPO (a program of NPPGov) and the South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs, leaders in public safety cooperative purchasing and the fire service, have announced a direct partnership to continue the efforts both started together decades ago to provide open, fair and competitive cooperative options to their members.
The South Carolina State Association has been working with Mika Kawakami, the association manager for Public Safety GPO, to establish a plan that supports the GPO’s vendors and enhances the use of cooperative agreements within the state of South Carolina.
“The South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs (SCSAFC) is excited to partner directly with Public Safety GPO to offer our members departmental and individual discounts that will save them money on products and services they use every day,” said President Aubrey Jenkins.
This relationship will provide the South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs access to 100 publicly procured agreements for products and services, along with a discount program for their individual members from over 20 vendors, such as AT&T FirstNet, Pierce, MES, L.N. Curtis, and Zoll.
Public Safety GPO is a program of NPPGov that provides public safety departments access to publicly solicited contracts from vendors who supply goods and services. Contracts are created through a public RFP process by a lead public agency that allows members to "piggyback" on the contract, eliminating the need to complete their own RFP process. Public Safety GPO staff and legal counsel facilitate this process and provide necessary documentation and support.
The South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs was formed in 1944 and serves the chief officers of South Carolina. The association consists of elected executive board members who represent the membership on both in-state and national issues. They are also tasked to provide volunteer and career chief officers and fire service managers both public and private with information, education, services and representation to advance the South Carolina’s fire service’s professionalism and capabilities.