Oregon & Washington Small Businesses field a workforce of over 7500 firefighters

As fires rage on in the west, many Oregon and Washington small businesses are on contract with the agencies to provide fire resources such as waterhandling, hand crews are stand are trained and ready for dispatch.

Online PR News – 14-June-2012 – Lyons,OR – As wildfires rage in the Pacific Northwest, many Oregon and Washington small businesses that contract with the federal agencies to provide highly trained, qualified wildland firefighters, stand ready to assist. These contracted business can supply approximately 1699 pieces of equipment including engines, tenders, dozers, and other specialty equipment. Also these companies provide 171 Type 2 Handcrews as well as 32 Nationally contracted Type 2 Initial Attack crews. Overall, they represent a workforce of up to 7500 highly trained firefighters. Historically 40% of the resources used by the federal agencies on fires have been professional private resources. And 70% of those resources are based in the in Pacific Northwest. Many fire contractors have within their ranks many years of fire experience in management positions including retired agency fire personnel. These resources are available to help our partners supplement their resources in suppressing wildfires when their resources are stretched thin.

If it weren't for the markings on the engines you would never know the difference", said Former Region 6 USFS Fire Operations Director Jim Furlong of the capabilities of private industry.

"NWSA member companies offer cost effective resources which meet or exceed the highest agency standards in training and can be dispatched rapidly to protect lives, property, and our natural resources," said Deborah Miley, Executive Director of the NWSA. “Our member companies provide good paying jobs to local people in rural communities throughout the Northwest."

The National Wildfire Suppression Association represents over 250 private wildfire suppression companies across the US. These resources are call when needed that makes us a great value to the agency and the taxpayer. As Jim Furlong, Retired USFS Region 6 Assistant Fire & Aviation Director said, "If it weren't for the markings on the equipment you would not be able to tell the difference."
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Deborah Miley
National Wildfire Suppression Association
P.O. Box 330
Lyons OR, 97358


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