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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:59 pm 
The USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region announces an information meeting for vendors interested in providing resources to support wildfires and other emergency incidents.
The first meeting was focused on Tents, Fuel Tenders, and Mechanic w/Service Truck resources and was held Tuesday, January 17, 2017, via video teleconference at Forest Service offices throughout New Mexico.

The second meeting will focus on Heavy Equipment resources and is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, 2017, from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. MST via video teleconference at Forest Service offices throughout New Mexico and Arizona. For the Gila National Forest region, the video teleconference can be attended at the Gila National Forest Supervisor’s Office/Silver City Ranger Station at 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, Silver City, NM or at the Gila NF Reserve Ranger Station at 5 Smokey Bear Circle, Reserve, NM.

The meeting will discuss a variety of topics including:
• How to become a government vendor
• How to locate and respond to solicitations through the Virtual Incident Procurement (VIPR) system
• How to read and understand contract requirements for specific equipment

In FY2017 the Southwestern Region is seeking competitive quotations for Water Handling Equipment, which includes Engines, Support Water Tenders, and Tactical Water Tenders with trained operators to support wildfires during the course of a three-year agreement.
Interested vendors can obtain copies of the solicitations at https://www.fbo.gov. Type VIPR into the keyword search box and press Search to obtain a list of VIPR solicitations from all over the country. Look for the ones from the Southwestern Region, Region 3. You can also search for Solicitation Numbers: AG-8371-S-17-7000 (Heavy Equipment), AG-8371-S-17-7001 (Tents), AG-8371-S-17-7002 (Mechanic w/Service Truck), AG-8371-S-17-7003 (Fuel Tender).

Again, interested vendors can attend these meetings at the Gila National Forest Supervisor’s Office/Silver City Ranger Station at 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, Silver City, NM or at the Gila NF Reserve Ranger Station at 5 Smokey Bear Circle, NM. If you have questions about the meetings, please call the Gila National Forest’s Supervisor’s Office at 575.388.8201.

For information about VIPR go to: http://www.fs.fed.us/business/incident/vipr.php or contact Stephanie Archuleta, Region 3 Fire Contracting Officer at snarchuleta@fs.fed.us.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GilaNForest/ or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.

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Marta Call
575.388.8211
martaicall@fs.fed.us


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