U.S. Forest Service Contracting

The U.S. Forest Service Incident Support Branch for Acquisition Management located at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho is a detached Washington Office Unit. This unit is responsible for contracting the "National Shared Resources" utilized for wildland fire suppression and prevention, as well as other emergency incident response activities.

The Contracting Officer assigned to a Contract Program is always your primary point of contact regarding that Contract Program. Inquiries and all correspondence concerning any open solicitations should be submitted in writing to the Contracting Officer. Offerors should contact only the Contracting Officer issuing the solicitation about any aspect of the solicitation requirements prior to contract award. (Agriculture Acquisition Regulation AGAR 452.204-70, Feb 1988)


Airtanker Contracts

The intent of this contract is to provide the government with large fixed-wing airtanker services to include the dropping of approved fire suppressant or retardant material on forest and range fires over all types of terrain throughout the United States, including Alaska.  Visit Forest Service Fire and Aviation for more information about airtankers.


Exclusive Use type 1 & 2 Helicopters

Helicopter Hourly Flight Rates for Contracts Awarded 2018-2021 

Helicopter Hourly Flight Rates for Contracts Awarded 2013-2017

Exhibit 21 - Weight and Balance Forms

Exhibit 21 - Weight and Balance Forms


Call-When Needed Helicopters (CWN)

Helicopter Flight Rate Charts for Contracts Awarded 2018-2021

Helicopter Flight Rate Charts for Contracts Awarded 2013-2017

CWN Helicopter Summary of Contractors (Agency Personnel Access Only)

Exhibit 21 - Weight and Balance Forms

Exhibit 21 - Weight and Balance Forms


Wildland Fire Chemicals

These contracts provide for the normal supply requirement of various wildland fire chemicals by the U.S. Forest Service and Agencies of the U.S. Department of the Interior and may be used by other agencies with formal agreements with the above Departments.  Visit Interagency Wildland Fire Chemicals Policy and Guidance website for more information.


Payment Center

The paying unit for all national contracts administered by the U.S. Forest Service Incident Support Branch for Acquisition Management is the U.S Forest Service Albuquerque Service Center (ASC).  All invoices must be sent to the following address for payment processing.

U.S. Forest Service
Albuquerque Service Center
ATTN: Incident Business - Contracts
101B Sun Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Please direct questions to the Incident Business Contracts payment staff at (877) 372-7248.


Other General Contract Information

Please submit an e-mail request to FS-FS AQM ISB for information on the following:

  • Crew Carrier Buses
  • Firefighter Crews Type 2-IA
  • Mobile Food Services
  • Mobile Shower Facilities
  • National CWN Helicopter
  • Contractor Performance Reporting for National Helicopter CWN Contracts

For information regarding Preseason Incident Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) or other types of products or services, or equipment such as water tenders, bulldozers, communication trailers, launderies, portable toilets, or other incident support equipment visit the U.S. Forest Service Acquisition Management Incident Procurement website.


Contract Information for Interagency Fire Professionals

The following links are provided for Interagency Fire Professionals who are tasked with administering contracts issued by our Unit and is provided solely for that purpose and intent.  Access to these sites is restricted and the information and files provided through these sites is not intended for general disclosure or distribution to anyone other than Authorized Government Representatives and solely for the purpose of facilitating the performance of their Official Duties with respect to their administration of these contracts.

For U.S. Forest Service employees with access to USFS Network:

U.S. Forest Service Contracting, Incident Support Branch


For U.S. Department of Interior employees with access to U.S. DOI Active Directory account:

U.S. Forest Service Contracting, Incident Support Branch, DOI

Access to the U.S. Forest Service Contracting, Incident Support Branch, DOI SharePoint Page must be granted individually.  To request access to this page, submit request to FS-FS AQM ISB.


U.S. Forest Service, Contracting 
National Interagency Fire Center
3833 S. Development Avenue
Boise, Idaho 83705-5354
Phone: (208) 387-5665
Fax: (208) 387-5384