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The Forest Service is now required to compete all pre-season agreements. In accordance with that direction, all existing Emergency Equipment Rental Agreements (EERA) are cancelled, effective immediately.|
The Virtual Incident Procurement (VIPR) system will now be used by the Forest Service for all pre-season agreements. Equipment competed through VIPR and placed on an Incident Blanket Purchase Agreement (IBPA) becomes the first source of equipment to be used on an incident. Only after all VIPR contracted equipment sources (IBPAs) are exhausted, and the incident has a need for additional equipment, can the Forest Service contract for ‘incident only’ use. Equipment hired for a specific incident only, outside the VIPR system, will be paid at a rate not to exceed 90% of the lowest rate awarded per each resource category. For more specifics, reference the March 1, 2012 letter to EERA Contractors and/or Interested Contractors.
In addition, by reference NRCG's Contracting for Fire, you will receive the latest and most current information and contracting procedures. Information includes equipment inspections, soliciations, priority lists, resource lists, preseason agreements, timelines, and much more!
Finally, the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group (NRCG) Business Committee maintains information regarding equipment specifications and rates, certification/inspection forms, and supplements to the Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook. This site will also have the latest information on what equipment will be signed up through a preseason solicitation rather than through the normal EERA process.
Wildland fire training, including annual fireline safety refresher training and work capacity testing, may be obtained from private instructors, contractor associations, or educational institutions. The Northern Rockies Coordinating Group (NRCG) maintains a website which provides private sector training information, including a listing of current Training Representatives and Training Providers who have signed Memorandums of Understanding with the NRCG.
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