First Responder Support Services


The Purchasing Program allows state and local first responders to purchase equipment from the federal government at substantial savings. Through the program, entities are able to leverage their buying power by taking advantage of the U.S. Government's massive contract vendor system.

This program, authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act of 1994, as amended in 2008 to include all first responders, is not a replacement for the Excess Property Program for law enforcement, but an additional tool to enable all responding agencies to more effectively provide services to their communities.

In North Carolina, agencies must make these purchases through Law Enforcement Services Section or First Responder Support Services.

This is a no-risk program for agencies. They decide if the government's negotiated prices are better than their vendors, and even if the prices are an even match, the quotes can be used for additional negotiating power.


Department of Defense Definitions:

Emergency Response:

First responders plus emergency management, public health, clinical care, public works, and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators) that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations. The emergency responder community consists not just of fire, law enforcement, and medical immediate responders to an accident or emergency situation but also to the infrastructure that supports them and other emergency response organizations.

Homeland Security:

A concerted national effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States; reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, major disasters, and other emergencies; and minimize the damage and recover from attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies that occur. (Joint Publication 3-28)