Administrative Sessions


Save Time and Money with Cooperative Procurement

Instructor:  Crosby Grindle

Budget cuts and aggressive procurement timelines continually challenge fire 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 fire departments. 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.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe and understand the cooperative procurement process.

  • Participants will be able to identify the types of laws that impact their ability to use the cooperative procurement process in their state and locality.

  • Participants will understand how to develop regional cooperative contract opportunities and how to utilize national cooperative contract opportunities.

  • Participants will be able to identify specific national cooperative programs and examples of the types of products and services available through them.

Performance Design, Helping your Department Fulfill its Mission

Instructor: Dean Sparaco

A communities’ needs as they relate to public safety are what we call the Thumbprint. An appreciation of the Thumbprint is the first step in having a complete understanding of a departments mission. The ability to comprehend what training opportunities are available as a derivative of the departments’ mission in the foundation of proper station design.

Training will help Fire Department personnel preparedness and support them in their mission and to handle the mental and physical rigors of the profession. What can we do to help make firefighters safe, healthy and more effective in the communities they service? How can we implement training features into station design that will help increase training opportunities? What are the options that are available to us to explore alternate and creative funding sources? In short, how can we help Fire Departments do more with less?

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the importance of Training as it relates to Preparedness. Thoughtful Station Design can improve Health, Safety, Situational Awareness and Team Dynamics.


2. Understanding the importance of Preparedness as it relates to Health and Safety, including sleep deprivation and PTSD.


3. Departments must acknowledge that PTSD and depression are increasing and designing facilities that can help address exposure to mental and physical stress is an important part of the process. A crew member who is well trained will have the confidence in his or her abilities which will help to reduce stress.

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