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The Ohio Division of Forestry may provide surplus federal equipment to fire departments that provide primary fire service coverage within the ODNR Forestry wildfire protection area (pictured above). Fire departments outside of the ODNR Forestry wildfire protection area do not qualify for equipment programs. Equipment must be used only for fire and emergency response. Some equipment is in very good shape, and some needs a little work to become quality fire response equipment. ODNR Forestry Volunteer Fire Assistance grants can be used to improve and convert equipment acquired through these programs into functional fire apparatus.
Items commonly available through equipment programs include but are not limited to: pickup trucks, 2 ½ ton trucks, 5 ton trucks, vans, SUVs, trailers, hose, nozzles, generators, pumps, tools, compressors, ATV/UTVs, light plants, and medical equipment (AEDs). Equipment program items are distributed from Scioto Trail State Forest.
Equipment is offered through two programs:
- Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) – FEPP equipment is loaned to a fire department and must be returned to the Ohio Division of Forestry when they no longer have use for it. Equipment must be placed into service within 6 months of receiving it. ODNR Forestry personnel will annually inspect FEPP equipment to ensure that it is still in service and in good working order. FEPP equipment will be identified with a sticker provided by ODNR Forestry. FDs are never permitted to sell, trade, give away, or dispose of FEPP equipment. FEPP equipment is acquired from a variety of federal agencies.
- Firefighter Property (FFP) – FFP equipment is provided to a fire department and ownership of that equipment is transferred to the fire department after it has been in service for a certain amount of time as specified in MOU between the FD and ODNR Forestry. Equipment must be placed into service within 6 months of receiving it. FFP equipment will be identified with a sticker provided by ODNR Forestry. FDs must obtain written consent from ODNR Forestry prior to selling, trading, giving away, or disposing of FFP equipment. FFP equipment is acquired through the Department of Defense.