General Services Administration Purchasing Program
The GSA Purchasing Program allows fire departments to purchase wildfire equipment and supplies, which normally are not available from other sources, at reduced costs. The N.C. Forest Service purchases the items from GSA for fire departments at our cost. GSA is the purchase and contract agency for all federal agencies, which negotiates the contract prices for everything purchased for use by the U.S. government. This results in increased savings for fire departments purchasing items for use in suppression of wildland fires. Items available for purchase include Nomex fire pants and shirts, hand tools, forestry hose, gear packs, and fire appliances. Class A Foam is also available to fire departments for purchase under a similar purchasing program.
The GSA Purchasing Program is limited to fire departments located in North Carolina and no returns or exchanges of purchases are allowed. For more information about the program, contact your county forest ranger or Marshall Humphries, NCFS fire department training specialist.