The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) is able to provide important equipment resources to fire departments throughout the Commonwealth thanks to the Federal Firefighter Property Program (FFP).
Through an agreement with the Department of Defense (administered by the USDA Forest Service), DOF can obtain surplus military equipment that can be used by emergency service providers. The major difference between this program and the Federal Excess Personal Property Program (FEPP) is that qualifying organizations may be eligible to receive ownership of the equipment with few restrictions on use or disposal and at no cost.
Available equipment under the Firefighter Property Program consists of the following:
- Vehicles, such as pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, 2½ ton trucks, 5-ton trucks, utility vans and box trucks
- Fire trucks (tankers and pumpers)
- Light towers
- Light bars and sirens
- Hoses, nozzles, and pumps
- Fresh air compressors
- Breathing apparatus
- Turnout gear
Fire departments interested in the program should submit DOF’s Form 4.24 Firefighter Property Program Request for Federal Excess Property to the DOF Fire and Emergency Response Branch.
DOF Form 4.29 Firefighter Property Program Cooperative Equipment Possession Agreement provides a sample cooperator’s agreement between DOF and the requesting fire department.
|Firefighter Property Program Cooperative Equipment Possession Agreement
|Firefighter Property Program Request for Federal Excess Property
A variety of financial assistance programs exist through DOF and partner agencies for wildfire preparation and suppression, as well as forest management activities.