Release Date: Dec 6, 2017  

Silver City, NM, December 6, 2017—For Immediate Release.  The Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service announces an informational meeting for vendors interested in providing resources to support wildfires and other emergency incidents. 

The meeting will discuss the 2018 solicitations and is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. MST via video teleconference at Forest Service offices throughout New Mexico.

The meeting will discuss a variety of topics, including:

  • How to become a Federal Government vendor

  • How to locate and respond to solicitations through the Virtual Incident Procurement (VIPR) system

  • How to read and understand contract requirements for specific equipment

In Fiscal Year 2018, the Southwestern Region is seeking competitive quotations for Miscellaneous Heavy Equipment (which includes Feller Bunchers, Mulchers/Masticators, Skidders, and Road Graders), Potable & Gray Water Truck/Handwashing Station (Trailer Mounted), and Chippers with trained operators to support wildfires during the course of a three-year agreement.

Interested vendors can obtain copies of the solicitations at  Type VIPR into the keyword search box and press Search to obtain a list of VIPR solicitations nationwide.  Look for those from the Southwestern Region (Region 3).  You can also search for Solicitation Numbers: 12837118Q7000 [Potable & Gray Water Truck/Handwashing Station (Trailer Mounted)], 12837118Q7001 [Miscellaneous Heavy Equipment], 12837118Q7002 [Chipper].

Vendors can attend the meeting at any of the following New Mexico locations:

Carson National Forest –- Supervisor’s Office

208 Cruz Alta Rd., Taos, NM

Cibola National Forest — Supervisor’s Office

2113 Osuna Road Northeast, Albuquerque, NM

Gila National Forest — Supervisor’s Office

3005 E. Camino del Bosque, Silver City, NM

Jicarilla Ranger District

1110 Rio Vista Lane, Unit #2 Bloomfield, NM

Lincoln National Forest – Supervisor’s Office

3463 Las Palomas Road, Alamogordo, NM

Santa Fe National Forest — Supervisor’s Office

11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM

For more information on VIPR, see: or contact Stephanie Archuleta, Southwestern Regional Fire Contracting Officer, at (505)-842-3127 or

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