Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Frequently asked questions about open burning in Florida.
Specialized Equipment for wildfire prevention and firefighting is used to attack wildfire and respond to other emergency needs — no matter what the terrain or location, and includes one of the foremost aviation programs in the country. We use specially equipped helicopters in fire suppression and maintain a fleet of fixed wing airplanes for detection and fire intelligence during suppression activities.
FEPP/FFP is federal equipment on loan to state foresters from the federal government for use in rural and wildland fire protection programs. Items loaned through this program may be used for fire protection purposes only. Most items loaned in the FEPP/FFP program are from military installations, with trucks suitable for conversion to tankers or brush trucks being preferred. Other common items on loan include generators, pumps, fire hoses, breathing apparatus and personal protective clothing.
Fire departments desiring equipment should contact their local Florida Forest Service representative to make a request.
The Florida Forest Service is the agency responsible for coordinating resource deployments (for non-federal agencies) from Florida to national wildland fire and emergency incidents. This responsibility is established through the Cooperative Fire Protection agreement between the Florida Forest Service and the United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service.
The Florida Forest Service (FFS) has the responsibility to ensure that individuals deployed through the State Emergency Response Plan (SERP) for wildland firefighting have been trained at a minimum level. This training will include firefighter safety, basic firefighting, fire behavior and fire tactics for the wildland urban interface.
To accomplish this task the Florida Fire Chiefs Association (FFCA) and the Florida Forest Service has established three (3) positions for eligible fire department personnel: Firefighter, Engine Leader and Engine Strike Team Leader, and identified the minimum qualifications for each position.
The Florida Forest Service in cooperation with the University of Florida, Archibald Biological Station, and National Park Service (Everglades and Big Cypress) is collecting Live Fuel Moisture data statewide. Live fuel moisture is the proportion of water content to dry matter in live vegetation. This information is used in the Fire Danger Calculations and the ERC (Energy Release Component) values. Live fuel moisture (LFM) is an important fuel property for assessing fire danger.