Hired Equipment

CAL FIRE Hired Equipment Information

At times when the equipment needed to control an emergency incident exceeds the resources of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the department hires the equipment and services of the private sector to supplement its own resources. In so doing, CAL FIRE attempts to obtain those resources that exactly meet the resource needs of the Incident Commander, at a price that is fair to the contractor and which represents a prudent expenditure of state taxpayer funds.

CAL FIRE’s internet website contains excerpts from the policies, procedures, and payment rates used by CAL FIRE. These policies define the terms and conditions for entering into an Emergency Equipment Rental Agreement (EERA) with CAL FIRE. These terms and conditions reflect the business needs of CAL FIRE, and as such, these are the business rules of CAL FIRE. These policies, procedures, and rates are not laws or regulations, although in some cases they reflect the requirements of applicable laws and regulations.

The intent of publishing and distributing this information is to provide all prospective contractors access to the terms and conditions for entering into an EERA with CAL FIRE.

Contractors who object to the terms and conditions contained herein should not enter into an EERA with CAL FIRE.


CAL FIRE’s Emergency Equipment Rental Agreements (Policy Section 3833) has been revised for the upcoming 2017-2020 agreement period, and will be effective May 1, 2017. 


Hired Equipment Coordinator

Nick Stitzel




Louis Ermigarat




Josh Muniz



Contracts sent by mail should be addressed to:

CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo

Attn: Hired Equipment

635 N. Santa Rosa St.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

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