Last modified on Nov 26, 2013

CAL FIRE Hired Equipment Information

At times when the equipment needed to control an emergency incident exceeds the resources of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the department hires the equipment and services of the private sector to supplement its own resources. In so doing, CAL FIRE attempts to obtain those resources that exactly meet the resource needs of the Incident Commander, at a price that is fair to the contractor and which represents a prudent expenditure of state funds.

This Internet website contains excerpts from the policies, procedures, and payment rates used by CAL FIRE. They also explain the terms and conditions for entering into pre-hire agreements with CAL FIRE. These terms and conditions reflect the business needs of CAL FIRE, and as such, these are the business rules of CAL FIRE. These policies, procedures, and rates are not laws or regulations, although in some cases they reflect the requirements of applicable laws and regulations. The intent of publishing and distributing this information is to permit all prospective contractors to know the terms and conditions for entering into a pre-hire agreement with CAL FIRE.

Contractors who object to the terms and conditions contained herein should not enter into pre-hire agreements with CAL FIRE.

No contractor is guaranteed any amount of business as a result of entering into a pre-hire agreement with CAL FIRE. Hiring opportunities for water tender and bulldozer contractors will be rotated among all contractors with current agreements. However, if the next contractor in the hiring rotation does not have the resources that CAL FIRE needs available, CAL FIRE will then contact the next contractor in the rotation, and the next, and so on until the needed resources are located. CAL FIRE, not the contractors, will determine what equipment it needs to hire in order to accomplish its incident objectives.

Written comments and suggestions for improving these policies and procedures should be directed to:
Deputy Director for Fire Protection
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
PO Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460

What's New

Updates have been made to the Hired Equipment Policy, the CA Interagency Emergency Hire of Equipment Rental Rates, and the Info and Questionnaire for Contractors Seeking Emergency Equipment Rental Agreements with CAL FIRE and take effect in July 2013.

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