Provide Equipment and Services for Fire Suppression

Each year, DNR works ahead of the fire season to improve its access to professional equipment and services for fire suppression. Through the use of preseason agreements and call down lists, DNR is able to pull in outside resources quickly, if needed. DNR has taken an interagency approach to pre-season agreements. By partnering with the U.S. Forest Service Region 6 Fire and Aviation Contracting Team (FACT), many efficiencies will be gained through dispatching of resources, steamlining contract use, payment and financial obligations.

How does DNR contract for fire suppression resources?

DNR Vendor Agreements

Fire Suppression Resource Availability Agreements, commonly referred to as 'Call When Needed' Agreements (not mandatory use contracts), are preseason agreements used to support or engage in fire or other emergency activities (preparation, suppression and response). These agreements serve as an organized way to make our agency aware of private resources that may be available for hire within a geographic area or service specialty.
DNR uses these preseason agreements to establish a pool of qualified, trained and available vendors who can provide equipment and services in a timely fashion, upon request.
DNR is taking an interagency approach to preseason agreements for the 2020 Fire Season.
By partnering with the U.S. Forest Service Region 6 Fire and Aviation Contracting Team (FACT), many efficiencies will be gained through dispatch of resources, streamlining contract use, payment and financial obligations. Ordering protocol for all resources sent to DNR-managed incidents (either via VIPR or EERA, see below) will be based upon closest forces, cost effectiveness and other considerations. 

VIPR Agreements

VIPR is the Virtual Incident Procurement (VIPR) system that allows contracting officers to create, award, and manage solicitations and agreements through an electronic procurement process. VIPR is a USDA Forest Service incident procurement system. VIPR agreements are done through solicitations and most are valid for 3 years. DNR specific terms and conditions are being incorporated into VIPR agreements to use these resources on incidents where DNR is the paying agency. Resources that have a VIPR agreement will not need an additional agreement with DNR.
For Region 6, the 2020 solicitations are being re-solicited for: faller, fuel tender, and vehicle with driver (passenger vehicle and truck). The 2020 solicitations for heavy equipment (dozer, excavator, tractor plow, transport), mechanic with service truck, and tent will be issued with a later VIPR release. 
VIPR Resources
  • Chippers
  • Mechanics with Service Trucks
  • Fuel Tenders
  • Water Handling (Engines & Teders)
  • Weed Washing Units
  • Potable/Gray Water Trucks and Trailer Mounted Handwashing Trailers
  • Miscellaneous Heavy Equipment
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Vehicles with Drivers
  • Refridgerated Trailers
  • Fallers
  • Heavy Equipment with Water
For more information, visit the FACT website here:

Emergency Equipment Rental Agreement (EERA)

All non-VIPR resources can sign up to be in a source list for Emergency Equipment Rental Agreements (EERA). This provides a statewide database of preseason vendor information to be used in combination with VIPR resources on DNR incidents. 
  • Ordering protocol for all resources sent to DNR managed incidents (either via VIPR or EERA) will be based upon closest forces, cost effectiveness, and other considerations. 
  • Resources that are required to have an inspection through the VIPR system will be required to have a pre-season inspection for an EERA through an Equipment Inspection Provider. A list of equipment inspection providers can be found on this website:
  • Operators who will be going to the fireline will be required to attend an annual RT-130 Fireline Safety Refresher also known by Operator Safety Training and provide proof of their completion of this course. 
  • For resources interested in only participating in response to incidents where DNR is the paying agency, an RT-130 course from DNR or an approved training provider will be accepted. However, to participate on FS incidents you must attend a course from an approved MOU training provider:
If you have resources or equipment that could be available to respond, contact Lori Johnson at 360-902-1300 or

DNR EERA Agreement Process

Step 1: Download the EERA new vendor agreement form and DNR's Terms and Conditions
Step 2: Return Attachment #1 with ALL of your company information.
Step 3: Return Attachment #2 with a separate sheet for each piece of equipment. 
     DNR - Wildfire Division
     ATTN: Fire Suppression Resources Agreement
     MS 47307
     Olympia, WA 98504-7307
Once we receive your request, we will enter your company and equipment into the Source List Database. We will send you a DRAFT EERA to review and return. After the DRAFT EERA is received back to our office your equipment will then show available in the database. 
At the time you receive an order from dispatch, you will be required to sign an EERA along with a DNR representative. You will need to have that EERA and Resource Order you receive from dispatch when you arrive at the incident.