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Firefighters, camp crews, aircraft, equipment: contractors are a critical link in wildland fire


The Forest Service hires all kinds of contractors to support fire management and suppression. Working together for weeks at a time, with the common goals of keeping firefighters safe and healthy, and supporting the personnel directly responsible for suppression activities, agency personnel and contractors form an exemplary team.

National contracts

Contractors such as mobile shower service providers, mobile food units, airtankers, retardant, large aircraft for crew transportation, smokejumper aircraft, engines, crews, and helicopters are hired at the national level and are coordinated by the National Interagency Coordination Center in Boise, Idaho.

Regional & local contracts

Contracting personnel from the local Forest Supervisor's Office hire most contractors through agreements at the individual National Forest level. These would include businesses such as bus companies for crew transportation, restaurants who could provide large numbers of lunches and dinners, and some equipment for local fire suppression activities such as bulldozers.




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