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.