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Project ID: 12-2-01-10

Year: 2013

Date Started: 12/01/2012

Date Completed: 02/07/2016

Title: Managing the Market: How Procurement Practices Impact Private Sector Wildfire Response Capacity

Project Proposal Abstract: Wildfire management requires significant institutional organization, a skilled workforce, facilities, and equipment. Sustaining this wildfire response capacity is critical to both agencies and fire-affected communities. Because fire suppression is seasonal and varies considerably from year to year, it is important that adequate capacity can be mobilized when resources are needed. Market conditions affect whether the land management agencies can fulfill their fire suppression procurement needs. As a result of their role as a major purchaser of fire suppression services, the Forest Service is a market manager. Its contracting processes, partnerships with state agencies, technical requirements, and dispatching protocols structure the market for these goods and services, which in turn influence the business models, competitiveness, and profitability of the firms that provide suppression-related goods and services. The purpose of this project is to explore a set of basic questions about the effects of administration of Forest Service fire suppression contracting on the contracting markets and business capacity. Specifically, we will ask, (1) how do Forest Service administrative practices influence the structure of the wildfire suppression contracting market and the ability of local vendors to compete in that market and (2) what business models do suppression contractors use to develop and maintain wildfire suppression capacity in ways that are competitive, sustainable, and responsive to government requirements and regulations? Using secondary data and interviews with fire suppression contractors and key Forest Service personnel, we will (1) develop predictive models to explain variation in the county-level market structure and local competitiveness for suppression spending; (2) describe a set of suppression business models; and (3) explore how agency contracting and dispatch practices are influencing business models and business competitiveness, and develop hypotheses for testing through future research. This research will contribute to scholarly literature about federal procurement broadly as well as procurement for response to natural hazard events such as wildfire. More specifically, this project will provide fire managers insight into the influence of Forest Service contracting practices on the structure and competitiveness of wildfire suppression contract market, and the impacts of procurement contracting on fire-affected communities.

Principal Investigator: Cassandra Moseley

Agency/Organization: University of Oregon

Branch or Dept: Institute for a Sustainable Environment


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Celia E. Walker

University of Oregon

Office of Research Services & Administration

Budget Contact

Kari L. Vandergust

University of Oregon

Office of Research Services & Administration

Co-Principal Investigator

Max W Nielsen Pincus

University of Oregon

Institute for a Sustainable Environment


Project Locations

Consortium

California

Great Basin

Northern Rockies

Northwest

Southwest


Level

State

Agency

Unit

NATIONAL

FS


Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print go to website 3703 Journal Article International Journal of Wildland Fire
  go to website 7698 Website Managing the Market: How Procurement Practices Impact Private Sector Wildfire Response Capacity
view or print go to website 7699 Invited Paper/Presentation Briefing Paper: "Call When Needed": Private Contracting for Wildfire Suppression in an Unpredictable
view or print go to website 7700 Invited Paper/Presentation Quick Guide: Innovative Contracting: A Guide for Collaborative Groups and Community Partners
  go to website 7701 Training Session Video: Private Contracting on National Forest Lands: Pre-season Contracting and Fire Response Procedures
  go to website 7702 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Wildland Fire Governance: Strategies of Effective Suppression Firms
view or print go to website 7704 Invited Paper/Presentation Working Paper: Private Contracting on National Forest Lands: Pre-season Contracting and Fire Respons
  go to website 7703 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire Manager or Market Manager? Administrative Practices for Large Fire Suppression.
view or print   7748 Poster Managing the Market: Procurement Practices and Private Sector Wildfire Response Capacity
view or print go to website 7749 Invited Paper/Presentation The right resources at the right time: Private fire suppression contracting capacity in the West
view or print go to website 7750 Invited Paper/Presentation Cross-trained local capacity for Integrated Wildfire Management
view or print go to website 7751 Invited Paper/Presentation Drivers of Wildfire Suppression Costs: A Review
view or print go to website 7752 Invited Paper/Presentation Profiles of Fire Suppression Contracting Businesses
view or print   7753 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Managing the Market: How Procurement Practices Impact Private Sector Wildfire Response Capacity
view or print   7754 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Managing the Market: Unpredictable wildfire suppression needs in a changing climate
view or print go to website 7755 Invited Paper/Presentation NWFSC Fire Facts: What is? The National Cohesive Strategy
view or print   7761 Photo Wenatchee National Forest burn
view or print   7762 Photo Okanogan National Forest
view or print   7763 Photo Reviewing rx burn treatments on the landscape
view or print   7764 Photo Summit Fire burn after 20 years

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