September 16 - 17, 2021



The Firehouse Expo Apparatus Purchasing Committee is a free service and event that provides qualified Apparatus Committee members with exclusive education in apparatus design during the specification writing process. If your department is going to bid for apparatus, don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to receive free education and consultation from subject matter experts, and to network with other departments and agencies that are also in the process of researching, spec’ing and buying their next apparatus.


Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
APC: Using a Cooperative Contract for your Apparatus Purchase

Most fire apparatus today is purchased through a cooperative contract vehicle (pun intended). This procurement option allows departments to purchase the apparatus they want while satisfying their procurement policy and requirements. Over the last decade, the practice of using cooperative procurement has become widely accepted to help local governments save time and money. Attendees will learn how cooperative procurement programs work and how they can be utilized when purchasing fire apparatus. Available cooperative purchasing options will be reviewed.



The Firehouse Expo PPE Purchasing Committee is designed to educate attendees about the latest advances in firefighting and rescue PPE to ensure the proper gear is being purchased for your members. The speakers will talk about the changes to NFPA 1851 PPE standards, trends in fabrics and materials and what fire departments need to consider when outfitting its members with gear that's functional, comfortable and provide ultimate protection.




Qualified participants receive:

  • admission to the Firehouse Expo exhibit floor, Opening Ceremony and Keynote Session
  • discount on conference pricing and packages
  • education from Firehouse contributors and industry experts, and time to consult with the speaker & major apparatus manufacturers at Firehouse Expo 2021 
  • guided tour of the exhibit floor
  • networking roundtable with experts



To participate in these unique programs, please submit your request for qualification by clicking the buttons above.