On November 7, 2017, the City Council authorized the acceptance of the Fiscal Year 2017 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) administered by the State of Texas, Office of the Governor via the approval of Mayor and Council Communication (M&C G-19155). The Fire Department approached the Purchasing Division for assistance with the purchase of a dive truck that will be used by Fire Department firefighters throughout the City of Fort Worth (City). The truck will be used for swiftwater response including swiftwater rescue, dive rescue, and recovery functions. This purchase will be funded using 2017 Homeland Security Grant funds for Urban Area Security Initiatives (UASI).
The new unit will replace a 2002 Ford F250 that can no longer be economically maintained. The new unit meets required specifications and is expected to operate satisfactorily during its expected frontline service life of 10 years. Warranty information, manufacturer's Statement of Origin and original sales invoice will accompany the new units upon delivery to the Fire Service Center located at 2920 West Bolt Street. Over the service life of ten years, the total cost of ownership, including the UASI grant funds used to purchase the vehicle, will be $273,193.00. Staff certifies that the Houston Galveston Area Council contract provides the best pricing and value for this purchase.
State law provides that a local government purchasing items through a Cooperative Purchasing Agreement satisfies state laws requiring that the local government seek competitive bids for purchase of the items. Houston Galveston Area Council Contract No. FS12-17 has been competitively bid to increase and simplify the purchasing power of government entities.
M/WBE OFFICE - An M/WBE goal is not assigned when purchasing from an approved purchasing cooperative or other public entity.
An Administrative change order or increase may be made by the City Manager in the amount of $45,798.000 and does not require specific City Council approval as long as sufficient funds have been appropriated.