Emergency workers are being asked to do more with less, now more than ever before
Neptune, NJ (PRWEB) January 25, 2012
The State of the Union affects firefighters, police officers and emergency workers each day. Cities have seen layoffs, budget cuts, furloughs and other drastic measures to save money. As a result of these actions, emergency services have suffered in one form or another.
“As a firefighter and a business owner, we have seen it from both sides”, said Donald Colarusso, President of All Hands Fire Equipment, leading supplier of Fire Boots and a firefighter for over 24 years. “Fire Departments that we work very closely with have laid off staff and seen their budget for firefighter gear drastically cut. Emergency workers are being asked to do more with less, now more than ever before.”
Although there have been forecasts and predictions that the State of the Union will be getting better, government agencies such as fire departments should prepare for continued reductions in budgets. Here are some tips that fire departments can use to extend their reduced budgets.
- Shopping around. Fire and Police Departments generally gather three price quotes before making a purchase. Instead, they should get up to six price quotes to find the best deals.
- Doing research. Some suppliers understand the financial hardships of cities and have created “kits” – groupings of related items at discounted prices.
- Communicating with vendors. Vendors and manufacturers are very sensitive to the current financial crisis and they may offer discounts in an attempt to earn more business.
- Applying for grants. Government grants are available and can save eligible cities a tremendous amount of money.
Our State of the Union and the present financial climate are not easy to calculate, however, being resourceful, shopping around and communicating with vendors and suppliers may yield big savings and stretch a city’s budget farther than one may think.