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Tracking the Spend: Radios, Transmitters, Tablets Among Department’s Top IT Buys

This state department spent just more than $3.5 million during the second quarter of 2022 on its five largest purchases of IT goods.

A state department that’s on the front lines of emergency response spent a little more than $3.5 million on its five largest purchases of IT goods during the second quarter of the year.

According to the State Contracting and Procurement Registration System, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) spent $3,574,938, with rounding, on the following purchases between April 1 and June 30:
  • $1,504,902 for portable radios — specifically “BKR5000 Command, Tier III, Single-band, BKR5000-T3BC-1, BLACK, APCO P25 Digital, GPS, Bluetooth, Top LCD Display, Front Color Display, Full keypad, BK Technologies Portable Radio.” The June 15 purchase, via a cooperative-agreement contract, was through 49er Communications.
  • $854,902 for VHF transmitters — specifically “TRANSMITTR MT-4E,VHF136-174MHz (Part # VT-4E150-00-800),” purchased June 16 from Zetron Inc. under a cooperative agreement.
  • $482,324 for Apple iPads with Wi-Fi and cellular capabilities, purchased April 11 from Natix Inc. under a statewide contract.
  • $452,388 for portable VHF radios — specifically “BKR5000 Portable VHF 5000Ch, 6W,T3, BLK, BT, GPS No Channel Stop (BKR5000-T3BC-1).” The June 8 award, to Vincent Communications Inc., was under a cooperative agreement.
  • $280,422 for upgrades, extensions and renewals for Dell computers and related service — specifically “PowerEdge R730 Upgrades and Extensions ProSupport Next Business Day Onsite Service After Problem Diagnosis PN: 976-8841.” The June 29 purchase, through Technology Integration Group Inc., was under a statewide contract.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.