First Fire Apparatus Purchase Made Through the FireRescue GPO
Published: 11/04/2012
Author: Jeffrey D. Johnson, Executive Director, Western Fire Chiefs Association

The Western Fire Chiefs Association and the FireRescue GPO are pleased to announce a competitively bid contract is now available through Pierce Manufacturing and Hughes Fire Apparatus for both a 2100 and 3000 gallon water tender/tanker. Tualatin Valley Fire Department in Tigard, Oregon has already completed the purchase of two tenders and according to Fire Chief Mike Duyck, “the department is excited about how seamless the purchasing process was as well as the overall value received.”


Rex Hughes, owner of Hughes Fire Equipment, Inc., an authorized sales and service center for Pierce, has been instrumental in responding to the needs of the fire service and implementing this program to provide a lower cost, standardized piece of equipment for purchase by FireRescue GPO members. Departments can now drastically reduce the time and cost associated with the fire apparatus purchase by using this contract to meet their bid requirements.  

Hughes has delivered hundreds of firefighting apparatus to over 230 emergency service organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest, while priding themselves on superior quality and reliability. The FireRescue GPO contract will allow them to achieve their goal to provide the lowest apparatus “lifetime cost” to their customers with the Pierce label and superior customer service. 

Fire Rescue-GPO is the sole purchasing organization for the nation’s fire industry committed to providing discounted competitively bid and negotiated contract options for its members through volume purchasing. Founded in 2001 by the Western Fire Chiefs Association, Fire Rescue GPO now counts over 3,500 fire departments as its members and is partnered with the IAFC and all seven Divisions, sharing a portion of the revenue with the fire service.

Jeffrey D. Johnson CEO, Western Fire Chiefs Association

FireRescue-GPO membership is FREE and can save you time and money by not having to go through the bidding process. Registering to become a member is easy. Visit to join. 

   FireRescue GPO Pierce Water Tanker/Tender Flyer pdf Document

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