The Cities of Blue Ash, Loveland, Sharonville, Mason and Symmes Township joined forces to purchase replacement ambulances for each community. Through their combined organization known as the Northeast Fire Collaborative (NEFC) these communities look for ways to: “Improve service, enhance training and save tax dollars on group purchasing.”
“Recently we received a regional grant for new self-contained breathing apparatus. This grant was worth nearly eight hundred thousand dollars.” – Chief Kirk Mousa
Together these five communities developed a single ambulance specification that provides for commonality of patient compartment configuration. “This type cooperation allows for maximum savings through multi-unit discounts” said acting Fire Chief Bryan Brumagen, City of Mason Fire Department.
“The NEFC has been cooperating now for 10 years” said Fire Chief Rick Brown with the City of Blue Ash Fire Department. “Just last year the group came together for the construction of a Fire Training Tower that is shared by the NEFC as well as other regional partners.”
The ambulances that were purchased went in service just this past month. “These units replace aging equipment and were part of each community’s capital fleet replacement schedule” said Fire Chief Otto Huber with the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department.
“Our collaborative looks for ways to apply for grants to improve service” said Fire Chief Kirk Mousa of the City of Sharonville Fire Department. “Recently we received a regional grant for new self-contained breathing apparatus. This grant was worth nearly eight hundred thousand dollars.”
“The fire collaborative that was started in 2008, following the great recession, has proved to be a worthy endeavor for our communities. It improves service for all our communities and provides for improved training and equipment for our firefighters” said Dave Kennedy, City Manager for the City of Loveland.