For decades many federal, state, and local agencies have purchased most of their wildland firefighting equipment and supplies from the U.S. Government’s General Services Administration (GSA). Starting next month, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will be assuming their role of stocking and distributing more than 250 items including:
- Water handling equipment and supplies;
- Fire line tools;
- Fire shelters;
- Protective clothing;
- Field packs;
- Sleeping bags;
- Chainsaw chaps;
- First aid kits;
- Goggles and safety glasses; and
The following memo was distributed on March 18, 2014 by Stephen A. Gage, the U.S. Forest Service’s Assistant Director for Operations in Boise.
“The General Services Administration (GSA) currently furnishes specialized wildland firefighting equipment and supplies to federal and cooperating agencies through formal agreements with the USDA Forest Service and the USDI Bureau of Land Management. GSA is currently in the process of transferring their wildland fire program to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Effective May 1,2014 the DLA is assuming program management responsibilities for the specialized wildland firefighting equipment previously provided by GSA.
In an attempt to minimize confusion created by this transition the following information is provided:
- The last day for shipments from GSA is April 30, 2014. Starting May 1st customer orders for wildland fire program items will be routed to DLA for fulfillment.
- DLA requires pre-payment (by credit card) for orders by state and local agencies, prior to shipment. DLA also requires a “PKI token” – a security measure required to access the DoD EMALL ordering system. The PKI token requires an annual fee. This will be required by federal, state and local agencies. See attached letter from DLA for additional details.
- This change does not affect items purchased through GSA Advantage or other (non-specialized fire equipment) services you might receive from GSA.
You are encouraged to place orders with GSA, prior to the transition to DLA, in order to minimize disruption to your fire program. GSA has indicated that orders received by April 15, 2014 will be shipped by April 30, 2014.
As more details emerge, updates will be posted at www.gsa.gov/fireprogram.”