Fire

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) administers the Interagency Firefighting Crew Agreement (IFCA) on behalf of the states of Oregon and Washington, and various federal agencies, to provide qualified crews for wildland fire suppression services or Severity/Preparedness assignments for Oregon and Washington. Crews may also be utilized elsewhere.

The typical work of crew wildland fire suppression is performed utilizing hand tools to construct fireline and power saws to clear brush. Firefighting crews are often called upon to help construct hose lays that bring water to the fire area. Once a fire has been contained, crews may perform mop-up operations.

The 2017 IFCA is currently in effect. This Agreement may be extended for up to three one-year extension terms. During this IFCA period, new companies/crews will be unable to participate. Release of the next IFCA solicitation is anticipated for the year 2021.

Hot Topics - IFCA Contractors

NEW:  6170-4F Chaps Specifications   PLEASE adhere to these specifications.  Note NFPA 1977 labeling standards (page 2). 

Link to DOL AAM #225 https://www.wdol.gov/aam/AAM225.pdf.   The revised wage determinations reflect the new Health and Welfare Fringe Benefit amounts as of August 01.

 Link to EO 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors:  https://www.dol.gov/whd/govcontracts/eo13706/. On September 30, 2016, the Department of Labor published a final rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. Executive Order 13706 was signed by President Barack Obama on September 7, 2015, and requires parties that enter into covered contracts with the Federal Government to provide covered employees with up to 7 days of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care. The final rule describes the categories of contracts and employees covered by the Executive Order; the rules and restrictions regarding the accrual and use of paid sick leave; the obligations of contracting agencies, the Department of Labor, and covered Federal contractors under the Order; and the remedies and enforcement procedures to implement the Order’s requirements.

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 ODF Aviation Safety Notes for July - Topic: On the Ground Safety for Incidents with Air Drops 

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Per IFCA D 9.3-4, The PCSU requires copies of all written performance evaluations from each incident.

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Reminder of the new provision regarding providing EMT on pack test roster: IFCA B  3.2.7 Within five (5) calendar days following administration of each WCFT, Contractor must provide the PCSU with a roster including the names and Crew Member Numbers or first three/last four digits of the individual’s Social Security Number, Contractor affiliation of each person who took the test, whether this person passed or failed the test, and the name and license number of the EMT present during the test. The roster must be signed and dated by the test administrator.

Timely Reminders for Contractors

**Please be aware that copies of Hand Crew Manifests and Resource Orders need to be submitted to the PCSU no less than 30 minutes prior the crew’s departure for an Incident. Please fax or email (PCSU@oregon.gov) them within the appropriate time period. The PCSU is monitoring timely receipt of these documents. If there are reasons for delay, please make contact with the PCSU as to the reason for the delay. See IFCA D 4.7 for specific language on this topic.
**Note that vehicles and personnel listed on the Hand Crew Manifest should match the information from your Proposal and any subsequent changes provided to the PCSU, including the correct DDL location of these resources.
**Please ensure that all required insurance/licensing requirements are active and in place for the entire 2017 IFCA period, including MSPA certificates. The PCSU monitors this information as needed. Refer to IFCA Exhibit G.
**ALL Email correspondence should be addressed to PCSU@oregon.gov, instead of individual staff email addresses. This facilitates assisting contractors when one of us is out of the office.
**Please visit our website at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Contract.aspx for IFCA information, Award Summaries, Contractor Workshop PPT presentation, You-Tube video – CTR Instructions for CRWBs (New!) and various tools, forms and guides.
Have A Safe Fire Season!      
 
 

Photo: Hand crew working on a hot spot
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Contact

Fire Protection Division
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310
Phone: 503-945-7479