By Rita Kueny:
SPC Terminates Heavy Duty Fire Apparatus Contract On Tuesday, the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board voted unanimously to decline awarding any further contract extensions with Global Emergency Products/Pierce of Aurora for the Pierce Manufacturing Arrow XT Heavy Duty Fire Apparatus and therefore suspended the heavy duty fire apparatus program. With this action, please be aware that if your municipality has been in discussions with Global Emergency Products for the purchase of the Arrow XT on SPC Contract #136, Global Emergency Products no longer has a contractual relationship with the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative or the Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) and may not utilize the SPC joint purchasing agreements in the marketing or sales of this vehicle.
The SPC Governing Board has determined that the Heavy Duty Fire Apparatus Program needs to be reevaluated if it is to be a viable part of the SPC portfolio.
SPC Telecommunications Program Expands Products & Services The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has approved the inclusion of additional products and services as part of the SPC Telecommunication Services Vendor for Term Contract #137 to Call One, Inc. of Chicago. The contract runs from April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015.
The SPC included voice and data communication products and professional services in the SPC 2014 Telecommunications Services Vendor RFP to better serve our members. Due to the wide scope of Hybrid, VoIP and data solutions, additional interpretation and clarification was necessary prior to releasing these services for member access.
Call One may now offer voice product portfolios including:
• Hybrid VoIP system that can be PBX/Digital technology enabled allowing municipalities to make use of older existing infrastructure without requiring a complete cable or data hardware upgrades • Pure VoIP solutions that meet the requirements of the most advanced network requirements of local governments • Hosted solutions that are engineered with the equipment managed and maintained in a “cloud” environment with only desktop instruments, software or cellular devices for employee access.
The pricing schedule for voice product equipment will be based on a minimum discount of 35% off the manufacturer’s MSRP. Additional promotions, discounts and specials may periodically be offered directly from the manufacturer which may potentially decrease the procurement price further.
Call One Professional Services is based on offering SPC participants all four phases of a complete process that includes assessment/IT roadmap, consulting, remediation and management. Program participants may choose to follow the proven phased approach or select any individual phase as they see fit. Every member’s solution is unique and will be addressed as such with a customized solution. For questions or additional information, please contact Call One Association Director Bob Kintz, 312-506-5003 (direct), 630-465-1485 (mobile) or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.callone.com.