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Basic Equipment Requirements:

For each piece of equipment, there is a minimum required equipment inventory that must be on the equipment at the time of hire. Examples might include (but certainly not limited to this example) an ax or pulaski, tire chains, 5-person first aid kit, and rollover protection. Please refer to the NRCG Incident Business Management Handbook, Chapter 20 for complete details.

Driving Operations:

No driver will drive more than ten hours (behind the wheel) within any duty day. Multiple drivers in a single vehicle may drive up to the duty day limit as long as no one person exceeds the ten hour limitation.

A driver will only drive if he/she had at least eight consecutive hours off duty before beginning a shift. Exceptions apply only to immediate and critical needs for suppression objectives or for firefighter and public safety.

Pick-up trucks, vans and sedans may be contracted with an operator/driver or without an operator/driver. It is advisable that those wishing to contract their vehicle review the State Commercial Transportation Standards and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations through the Department of Transportation.

Montana Commercial Driver's License
Idaho Commercial Driver's License

North Dakota Commercial Driver's License

For Other Services:

Aircraft, showers, caterers are national contracts. Information can be found at:

Mechanized Equipment for Fire & Fuels Operations Handbook:

Mechanized equipment used for fire and fuels operations. Information can be found at:

New Generation Fire Shelter:

The fire shelter is a mandatory item of personal protective equipment for all Federal wildland firefighters and must be carried on the fireline by everyone on Federal wildland fires. State, local, and rural fire departments may have different policies regarding the fire shelter’s use. The fire shelter has been required equipment for wildland firefighters since 1977. Since that time, shelters have saved the lives of more than 300 firefighters and have prevented hundreds of serious injuries. Introduced in 2003, a new generation of fire shelter now offers improved protection from both radiant and convective heat. Even so, the shelter will not protect firefighters under all fire situations. More information can be found at:

June of 2007 the National Fire and Aviation Executive Board (NFEAB) requested an update on where the agencies were at relative to the transition from the old style shelter to the new generation fire shelter from the National Fire Shelter Task Group (FSTG) that is chartered under NFAEB. In the addition, NFAEB also requested what options exist for the field relative to the disposal of the old style fire shelters. Options identified are attached to the following memo: NFAEB Fire Shelter Transition Update.


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