Regional Wildland Fire Contracting Meeting-February 25

The U.S. Forest Service and the Montana PTAC are collaborating to present important information on fire contracting for our region. The pre-proposal meeting for Region 1 Fire Season will be held virtually on two dates February 23 and February 25. These virtual engagement meetings are open to all current and potential vendors. If you have … Read more

2020 Changes to the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group Source List Process

Most equipment used for wildland fire suppression in the Northern Rockies are on three-year incident support agreements that are competed and awarded preseason. Solicitations are staggered so that roughly a third of the equipment categories are solicited each year. Equipment that is solicited and awarded preseason by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, … Read more

How to Get Set up With the Vendor Web Status Module in IROC

Geronimo Interagency Hotshot Crew, Department of the Interior (DOI) Indian Affairs (IA) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) San Carlos Agency in Arizona; on assignment at the Big Windy Complex Wildlands Fire, approximately 15 miles west of Interstate-5 and East Northeast of Galice, Oregon, conducts a prescribed burn "burnout" operation to help stop the main fire that may head toward this roadway, on Friday, Aug 9, 2013. The primary mission of the Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHC) is to provide a safe, organized, mobile and highly skilled hand crew for all phases of wildland fire suppression. The arduous duties and specialized assignments required of IHC personnel require uniform staffing, certification, training, equipment, communications, transportation, organization, and qualifications that adhere to interagency standards and guidelines. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

This is a follow-up to my earlier posts from December 2019 and February 2020 about the transition from the Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS) to the Interagency Resource Ordering Capability (IROC), particularly as it pertains to the ability of wildland fire suppression contractors to set the availability of their resources themselves from an internet-connected … Read more