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The Federal Excess Personal Property
(FEPP) program refers to Forest Service-owned property that is on
loan to State Foresters for the purpose of wildland and rural firefighting.
Most of the property originally belonged to the Department of Defense
(DoD). Once acquired by the Forest Service, it is loaned to State
Cooperators for fire fighting purposes. It is technically no longer
excess at that point.
The State Forester makes the initial decision
that a FEPP item is appropriate for use, and the USDA Forest Service
must concur. The property is then loaned to the State Forester,
who may then place it with local departments to improve local fire
programs. Approximately 70% of the property involved in the Forest
Service FEPP program is sub-loaned to local fire departments.
State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service have mutually participated in the FEPP program since 1956. Program authorities include the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 and the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978.
Unlike the Volunteer
Fire Assistance Program (VFA) , which is for the benefit of communities with a population at or below 10,000, recipients of FEPP need only have a wildland or rural fire responsibility that satisfies the State Forester.
Contact your state FEPP Manager, your regional Forest Service Program Manager, or Melissa Frey, National FEPP Program Manager, with
questions about the FEPP program.
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