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Trends in Command Vehicle Bid Requests and Purchases

Author: Jim Ward, VP, New Business Development, BidPrime

Copyright: 9-1-1 Magazine, Feature Content

Date: 2016-06-22
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Public Sector Purchasing Command Vehicles to Prepare For The Next Disaster

The clock is ticking. Where is help? When help arrives, will they be prepared? Based on history, and recent events have unfortunately confirmed, there are a preponderance of examples whereby first responders have required appropriate resources. During disasters, there are a handful of factors which can result in an effective response. Among them, trained personnel, leadership, communication, and command and control are but a handful of those elements.

Over the years, I have met a number of heroes from the first responder community. A few takeaways I learned from my discussions with them:

  1. Timely, effective communication is many times the key to success.
  2. The shorter the gaps from on-site leadership to engaged personnel, the better.
  3. Once an event or disaster is underway, it's too late to get prepared.

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Earlier this month, during taping of The Big Bid Theory podcast, my co-host Bill Culhane and I interviewed Jake Dirr, who is the Public Information and Marketing Manager for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Austin, Texas. Mr. Dirr provided firsthand testimony on how many of the threats, both natural and otherwise, are intense, at times chaotic. A proactive, joint effort is required to be ready before, during, and after events occur. Well, a part of this "joint effort" is ensuring that all components of the responding forces have effective resources to aid in communication, directing of assets, and mitigation of issues.

Over the past 36 months, there has been a consistent pattern of public sector purchasing activity for emergency command vehicles.  In part, this procurement activity is backed by grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In addition, a number of other sources have been responsible for subsidizing funding.

Reference this snapshot, there have been 549 relevant requests and purchases since January 1st, 2014:

Our study focused on the following command vehicles:

  • Crime Scene
  • EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
  • Fire/Rescue
  • HAZMAT
  • Law Enforcement

What has been purchased recently and/or what types of vehicles are being requested?

It will be interesting to see how the remainder of 2016 plays out. I will continue to monitor and report on these trends. I predict the 2016 request and purchasing numbers will eclipse what we have observed in 2014 and 2015. Afterall, when the call comes in, it is too late to get prepared.

About the author
Jim Ward is the VP of New Business Development, at BidPrime, in Austin, Texas. Mr. Ward has reported on a number of law enforcement/emergency services topics, including on ‘The Big Bid Theory’, on which Mr. Ward is a co-host.

About BidPrime
The company monitors purchasing departments for an estimated 90,000+ government entities and agencies, using advanced and proprietary software which extracts data from official government websites, purchasing cooperatives, eProcurement portals, and numerous newspaper classifieds.  This technology acts as the only "newswire" of government procurement data on the market, which grants subscribers the ability to have first access to newly released bid opportunities.  For more information, see www.bidprime.com

Image at top of page by Randall D. Larson/8th Annual California Mobile Command Center Rally, 2016.

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