Each year the BC Wildfire Service employs, in addition to its own personnel, the services of a variety of contractors.
Fire Crew Services, First Aid Services, Danger Tree Falling and Assessing Services, Faller Coordinator and Danger Tree Specialists
Fire crew services, first aid services, danger tree falling and assessing services, faller coordinator and danger tree specialists are all engaged through a Request for Standing Offers (RSO) competition. These competitions are posted on BC Bid at various times throughout the year.
All standing offers with the BC Wildfire Service are for two year terms with the initial competitions posted between January and March, with terms starting April 1st.
The RSO then usually re-opens in mid-late April until the end of the fire season, or until fire centres identify that they have sufficient resources to meet their needs.
The fire crew standing offer is posted every two years on odd years i.e. 2017, 2019, 2021 and so on.
Standing offers for first aid services, danger tree falling and assessing services, faller coordinator and danger tree specialists are posted every two years on even years i.e. 2018, 2020, 2022 and so on.
All information regarding these competitions can be found on the BC Bid website; simply search for service opportunities under the ‘Forests – Fire Suppression’ product grouping. All experience, certification and proposal requirements are detailed in each competition posting.
Fire Suppression Specialists
The BC Wildfire Service accepts proposals for the following services, usually from the beginning of May to the end of June each year.
- Aviation Specialists, Consultants and Experts
- Danger tree blasting services
- Fire Behaviour Specialists
- Fire guard planning / ignition planning / Line Locators
- Fire Rehabilitation – Rehabilitation Specialists, Rehabilitation Coordinators and rehabilitation planning and implementation
- First Nations archeological and heritage assessments
- Forestry Specialists – for creek crossing location and mitigation, culvert installation, slope stability assessments, fireline location input, timber removal and decking expertise, danger tree management with heavy equipment
- GPS fire mapping services
- Heavy equipment supervision / Equipment Branch Director
- Hotspot scanning and aerial/satellite photography
During emergency situations, the BC Wildfire Service will, as far as possible, award work to pre-qualified proponents based on who is nearest, best qualified and offers the best value. For non-emergency work, the BC Wildfire Service will run a competitive process as detailed in the applicable documents that are posted to BC Bid each year.
The current list of pre-qualified contractors will remain in effect until March 31, 2020.
The BC Wildfire Service engages in two standing offers for the provision of fire camp catering services. Companies that provide these services must have the capacity to service at minimum, three 150 person camps concurrently.
Running for a two year term, the fire camp catering standing offer is typically posted to BC Bid by January of each odd year i.e. 2017, 2019, 2021 and so on.
Other Fire Contracts
Unsolicited proposals to provide services to the Province in support of wildfire management should be sent to CWSContracts@gov.bc.ca and are reviewed as time permits.
The BC Wildfire Service also contracts non-emergency services, such as consulting, facilitation services, GIS services, etc. Those wishing to offer services not connected directly to fire operations are invited to contact their local fire centre or CWScontracts@gov.bc.ca.