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September 6, 2023


3AM Innovations Announces Partnership with Savvik Buying Group


ST CLOUD, MN – 3AM Innovations, a technology solution provider for incident management and mission-critical resource tracking and communications, today announces their partnership with Savvik Buying Group through a contract with member-partner Eagle County Health Service District. With this contract 3AM can now provide its industry-leading, secure incident command and management platform to Savvik members, enabling fire departments, EMS companies, law enforcement agencies & others to procure real-time incident management software while bypassing RFP processes.

The Savvik Buying Group (formally known as the North Central EMS Corporation) is a non-profit organization formed to reduce the financial impact of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 within the EMS industry. The company boasts more than 16,000 current members and dozens of affiliated Associations.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Savvik community. This partnership makes it easier and more cost effective for agencies to procure our technology and track the movements of their emergency responders on a powerful 3D map, even after those responders have left their vehicles,” said Mel Passarelli, CEO of 3AM Innovations. “This capability was once considered a “holy grail” for first responders and is now broadly available to public safety agencies with fewer hurdles thanks to this partnership.”

Savvik offers group purchasing discounts for organizations and agencies looking to source supplies, equipment, and services including 3AM’s FLORIAN software platform. They also sponsor publicly bid contracts with assistance from their partners at the Public Safety Association (PSAI) and Eagle County Paramedic Services in Eagle County, CO. All qualifying members can leverage these existing contracts instead of bidding independently. The process is legal and available in all 50 U.S. states, and membership to participate is free.

About 3AM’s Incident Management Software

3AM’s FLORIAN platform is a revolutionary decision support system that leverages real-time, incident-specific information to better inform the response effort. With it, firefighters and incident commanders can reliably operate and automatically communicate during critical, time-compressed moments across all phases of incident response, mitigation and after-action review and reporting.


Users of 3AM software receive turn-by-turn directions, hydrant locations, response ETAs, and 3D maps of the incident location prior to arrival, maximizing incident preparedness and efficiency. Once on scene, the system provides decision support and accountability through real-time location and tracking of individual firefighters, geofenced alerting, speech recognition and even automatic mayday calls.  


“Our technology is unique in that it captures all of this information in a single platform, using the hardware and devices many departments already have,” said Ryan Litt, co-founder and chief operating officer at 3AM. “By doing so, we also make that data available in a detailed replay, allowing leadership to thoroughly evaluate the incident exactly as it occurred. This all leads to more detailed debriefs and better training for every agency or department.” 


About 3AM Innovations, Inc.

3AM Innovations provides leading edge 3D technology solutions to empower firefighters and other critical first responders with the information they need to save lives in the field. 3AM leverages the interoperability of data from global partners int its FLORIAN platform to expand the decision-making capabilities of first responders. With decades of incident command experience and the power of artificial intelligence, 3AM is converting the organized chaos of an emergency into actionable intelligence. Learn more at



The Savvik Buying Group (formally known as the North Central EMS Corporation) is a non-profit organization formed to reduce the financial impact of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 within the EMS industry. Since our humble beginnings, Savvik has expanded to include over 16,000 members and dozens of affiliated Associations.

Savvik Buying Group offers group purchasing discounts for organizations and agencies looking to source supplies, equipment, and services for less.  We also sponsor publicly bid contracts with assistance from our partners at Public Safety Association (PSAI), and Eagle County Paramedic Services in Eagle County Colorado. We allow all qualifying members to use these contracts instead of bidding on their own. Our publicly bid contracts are legal to use in all 50 states, even those with the most strict of regulations around the bid process, and each contract is crafted with the aim of saving our members time and money. 

Savvik membership is free. We extend membership to ambulance services, fire departments, first responder groups, law enforcement, industrial emergency response teams, and other organizations related to the EMS industry including (but not limited to) hospitals, clinics, community paramedicine, and training/education programs. There is no obligation, no commitment, and no requirement that our members use our contracts or services.

Savvik is governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors that oversee our organization. The Savvik board is comprised of public and private first response field and business leaders from across the nation. Savvik’s day to day operations are overseen by our Executive Director, Mickey Schulte. 

Savvik is funded through administration fees negotiated directly with our vendor partners. We leverage our growing 16,000 member buying power as well as the incredibly accessible publicly bid contracts to calculate a fee with our vendors since each public bid will bring them thousands of sales oppertunites. This fee is calculated as a percentage of sales processed through our publicly bid contracts with that vendor. This administrative fee is not an added cost to the member and all of our contracts are specially curated to ensure that our members are saving time and money. The administrative fee ensures that our marketing, facilitation, and offset operating expenses are covered. 


Supporting the Industry

Savvik is a nonprofit organization that truly prioritizes making positive impacts on our community.

Savvik shares the revenue it earns with Local, State and National Association partners. Each quarter, Savvik gives 1/3 of our earnings to our Association partners whose members use participating contracts. We work directly with our Association partners to help facilitate savings to their members.  Our revenue share program is just one way that we give back to the industry that gives so much to us. As Savvik grows and succeeds, we strive to share that growth and success with the industry. 

An amazing result of our success was the formation of The Savvik Foundation in 2000.  The Savvik Foundation has it’s own governing Board of Directors and is a partner entity to Savvik Buying Group. A large portion of Savvik’s revenue is donated to The Savvik Foundation so that it can complete its mission of leading industry efforts in such areas as safety, efficient operations, education, research and national consensus building. Currently, The Savvik Foundation has partnered with the American Ambulance Association to launch a grant program for Cost Data Collection assistance programs for rural and super-rural organizations that may not otherwise be able to afford the software to accurately report their Cost Data to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. This cost data collection is crucial for rural and super-rural organizations, as it plays a role in the amount of funding that organization gets to perform it’s lifesaving work. Through this grant, services will be eligible to receive a year gold level subscription to AAA’s Ambulance Cost Education program which includes access to experts on cost collection, access to AMBER software and free registration to Webinars and Regional Workshops.  

We’re dedicated to improving the general wellbeing of the public safety industry as a whole. Our effectiveness increases with commitments from our vendor partners to provide Savvik members with quality products and services at the industry’s best prices.


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Meet our Team

Mickey Schulte

Executive Director

Mickey joined Savvik in 2014 bringing his 20 years of co-op purchasing experience with him. At Savvik, he negotiates contracts with some of the industry’s largest vendors. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his two children and his wife, Jennifer. 

Cindy Barron

Office Manager,
Vendor Relations Specialist

Cindy has been with Savvik since its inception in 1997. Since then she has managed everything under the Savvik sun and brings us 25+ years of experience of providing business management to non‐profits. 

Julie Fontaine

Marketing and Membership Specialist

Julie joined Savvik after developing and launching a new market for small businesses. An accomplished business owner herself, she is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, and an outdoor enthusiast that enjoys boating and snowmobiling.

Shianne Stietz

Membership Service and Support Specialist

Shianne comes to Savvik with a long record of leadership and customer service excellence. Shianne spends her time off hours with her dog, Ellie, as well as reading, crafting, and participating in outdoor powersports with her family.

Christina Brand

Project Manager,
Marketing and IT Technician

Christina joined Savvik with a colorful resume. A former first responder herself, Christina also excelled in freelance marketing, IT, and project coordination before finding a home at Savvik. She’s an avid reader, video game enthusiast, and a mother to the coolest toddler around.

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