For the very first time in history, the FEMSA/FAMA Annual/Fall Conference was held in Canada! And it was a huge success! Warm weather and sunshine welcomed us while we met in Toronto, Ontario on October 7-11 at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre. Thank you to the 204 members and guests who found their passports Continue reading

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  Community Risk Reduction (CRR) has become a “buzz” phrase in the fire service in the last decade, and many people still misconstrue what it means. The technical definition reads: “a process to identify and prioritize local risks, followed by the integrated and strategic investment of resources (emergency response and prevention) to reduce their occurrence Continue reading

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    Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) has formed a new cooperative procure- ment partnership with Sourcewell. WFCA looks forward to developing new opportunities and offerings with Source- well while continuing to support fire chiefs’ associations nationwide.

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  When meeting with any government agency, having insight into the do’s and don’ts of procurement can be helpful. From setting up the initial meeting to implementing an awarded contract, understanding purchasing requirements can make the process go smoother. Below are three high- level strategies from a former Purchasing Agent: 1) Teach Me Something! One Continue reading

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  Task Force Tips (TFT) welcomes Rob Meek to its Territory Management team. Rob has a strong water flow and forestry background with extensive experience in sales and support roles at WATERAX and Mercedes Hose. Based out of the Portland, OR area, Rob will lead our Dealer Network and support end user needs across the Continue reading

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  At the FEMSA/FAMA Annual/Fall Conference in Toronto, Richard Bryan was the closing keynote, speaking on learning to lead and picking A-Players to succeed. In addition, he provided a Fire Lane Presentation on family businesses and succession planning. Bryan took over his family’s almost 100-year old business as an inexperienced 28-year old when his father Continue reading

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  Streamlight®, Inc. donated $20,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Founda- tion (NFFF) in 2019, including $10,000 in proceeds from sales of specially marked NFFF mini-flashlight, helmet light, and lantern. The company also contributed $10,000 with its “Bronze Helmet” NFFF sponsorship. Streamlight’s sponsorship helps fund the organization’s National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend tribute to fallen Continue reading

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Nominations are now open for four (4) seats on the FEMSA Board of Directors for 2021! The terms of the following Board members will expire as of December 31, 2020: Peter Askey – Ricochet Manufacturing Company Inc. Nathan Calabrese – Task Force Tips Inc. Crosby Grindle – Sourcewell William Van Lent – Veridian Fire Protective Gear Nominations Continue reading

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  The 2019 FEMSA/FAMA Annual/Fall Conference Chiefs Panel was moderated by J. Gordon Routley, assistant director, Montreal (QC) Fire Department and featured: • Chief Mark Puknaitis, Naperville (IL) Fire Department • Division Chief of Mechanical Rob Anselmi, Toronto Fire Services • Chief Deryn Rizzi, Vaughan (ON) Fire & Rescue Service • Chief John S. Butler, Continue reading

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For the fourth year in a row, Sourcewell has been awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) Award by the National Procurement Institute, Inc. Public and nonprofit agencies earn the AEP Award by demonstrating a commitment to procurement excellence. The annual program recognizes procurement organizations that embrace innovation, professionalism, productivity, leadership, and e-Procurement. Sourcewell Continue reading

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