DOI Issues Request for Information Regarding Wildland Firefighting Slip-on Tankers

The Department of Interior (DOI) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) and a Notice of Intent (NOI) regarding a requirement for wildland firefighting slip-on tankers. All interested parties needing one or more wildland firefighting slip-on tankers are requested to reply to this announcement no later than 9am ET on October 9.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides funding and authorizes the DOI to develop and implement a pilot program to provide local governments and tribal nations financial assistance to acquire slip-on tanker units to establish fleets of vehicles that can be quickly converted to be operated as fire engines. The government is finalizing a plan to award grants for slip-on tankers through a competitive process over the next few years to entities who meet the established criteria and is therefore seeking responses from entities that provide fire protection and other emergency services in support of local governments or tribes needing slip-on tankers to improve the wildland firefighting readiness for their area of protection.

The purpose of this RFI and NOI is to gather comments and overall feedback on the scope and approach of this effort from interested parties that have a need for slip-on tankers. The information gathered will be used for planning purposes only. It is not a commitment by the government, and responses to the inquiry cannot be accepted by the government to form a binding grant. An announcement for applications is not a part of this RFI and NOI, and no grants will be awarded from this announcement. No reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this announcement and any follow-up information requests.

Read the RFI for further details on the scope and how to respond.