BLM AFS seeks contracts for Alaska village-based Type 2 wildland firefighting crews

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) is soliciting contracts for Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews based in rural Alaska villages for the 2020 fire season. Multiple contractors may be selected to base crews in communities in the Upper Yukon, Tanana and Galena Fire Management Zones for quick response to fires within the BLM AFS protection area, which covers the northern half of the state. The solicitation notice is posted at www.fedconnect.net (Reference 140L0618R0103). Potential contractors have 30 days to submit proposals.

The contract crew concept intends to meet the need for Type 2 wildland firefighting crews in Alaska and the Lower 48 in response to the changing complexity of managing emergency firefighter (EFF) crews.

The solicitation is a competitive process and open to qualified entities to ensure the success of the program. Unlike EFF crews that are hired only on an as-needed basis, contracted crews allow for work outside of fire suppression, such as fuels mitigation and other funded projects. Contract crews may also provide more stable employment than the current EFF program, as well as additional opportunities for Alaska Native Corporations and Alaska tribes to manage their own wildland fire crew program and play a larger role in wildland firefighting in Alaska and the Lower 48. The contract crews will adhere to national qualifications for Type 2 hand crews.

Contracts may be awarded for Type 2 crews in one or more of the existing BLM EFF crew regions depending on the number of qualified offers. However, the BLM AFS will continue to administer Type 2 EFF crews in regions where no contracts are awarded as long as enough qualified responders are available.

For more information regarding the contract solicitation, contact BLM Contracting Officer Theresa Coffenberry at the National Operations Center at (303)236-5437 or tcoffenberry@blm.gov.

For other inquiries, contact BLM AFS Public Affairs Specialist Beth Ipsen at eipsen@blm.gov.

This map shows the BLM Alaska Fire Service protection areas. The BLM AFS is soliciting contracts for Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews based in rural Alaska villages for the 2020 fire season. Multiple contractors may be selected to base crews in communities in the Upper Yukon, Tanana and Galena Fire Management Zones for quick response to fires within the BLM AFS protection area, which covers the northern half of the state.
This map shows the BLM Alaska Fire Service protection areas. The BLM AFS is soliciting contracts for Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews based in rural Alaska villages for the 2020 fire season. Multiple contractors may be selected to base crews in communities in the Upper Yukon, Tanana and Galena Fire Management Zones for quick response to fires within the BLM AFS protection area, which covers the northern half of the state.

About BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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