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Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) and Firefighter Property (FFP)
Low-cost Fire Protection for Rural America
The FEPP/FFP program is authorized under terms
of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act
of 1949, as amended (40 USC 483) , and the Cooperative Forestry
Assistance Act of 1978 (16 USC 2106).
FEPP/ FFP is Federal equipment on loan to State Foresters from
the Federal Government for use in rural and wildland fire
protection programs. Items loaned through this program may
be used for Fire protection purposes only. Most items loaned
in the FEPP/ FFP program are from military installations, with
trucks suitable for conversion to tankers or brush trucks
being preferred. Other common items on loan include generators,
pumps, fire hoses, breathing apparatus, and personal protective
Fire departments desiring equipment contact the local Florida Forest Service
representative to make request and sign lease agreements.
Lease Agreements are no cost agreements between the state
and the fire department, fire district, or county. The department
agrees to maintain and house the equipment, allow inspections,
maintain insurance, and aid the Florida Forest Service if
called upon during emergencies. After agreements are signed,
the requests are approved, and the equipment is acquired,
licensed, it is brought to the local Florida Forest Service site for issue.
The Florida Forest Service has over 500 trucks and 100 trailers
on active leases. For more information contact the Forest
Area Supervisor for your county. Links to district sites
and request forms are located on this page.
There is no direct charge for FEPP/ FFP. The State Forester normally
bears the cost of transportation and the fire department
bears the cost of conversion, painting, storage, and maintenance.
The Roscommon Equipment Center is a good source of information
on converting federal trucks into brush trucks and has a
link on this page.
When equipment is no longer serviceable or needed it is
returned to the Florida Forest Service. The Florida Forest Service
works through the U.S. Forest Service to acquire and dispose
of FEPP/ FFP. When equipment is returned the Florida Forest Service notifies
the U.S. Forest Service and GSA who normally conduct a sale with
all proceeds going to the federal government. GSA advertises these sales and conducts them at the Florida Forest Service site in Lake City.