Excess Property Programs
Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP)
The Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP) is administered in Kansas by the Kansas Forest Service (KFS). KFS obtains excess federal property - generally military vehicles such as all-wheel drive 5 Ton trucks, and fire equipment - which is then loaned to fire departments. The property remains under federal ownership. When no longer needed, a fire department returns the equipment to KFS for disposal.
FEPP also provides salvaged parts to help fire departments reduce maintenance costs on excess vehicles. Additionally, the program has access to new replacement parts at a greatly reduced cost. Some salvaged parts are available; all new parts are available at a reduced price.
Before a truck is issued, it is inspected by the Fire Equipment Shop. Hard tops, batteries, windows and seats are installed if necessary. Any other known mechanical defects are also repaired. Upon issue, the fire department is responsible to equip, house and maintain the equipment. It may be used for fire control, support and other public emergencies only. A physical inventory of all loaned excess property is required biennially to ensure program guidelines are being followed.
In addition to the trucks listed above, various fire engines and loose equipment are also available from time to time.Before you travel to get partsor equipment, please CALL first to be sure the person you need will be available . We have limited staff, and are frequently unavailable, so we want to help you avoid a wasted trip. For more information, you can contact Eric Ward, Excess Property Manager/Fire Planning Specialist.
Firefighter Property Program (FFP)
The Firefighter Property Program (FFP) is similar equipment, however after the equipment has been in service a number of years and can no longer be utilized, the department can obtain a clear title thus allowing equipment to be sold or traded on new equipment. The cost of all parts and upgrades are the responsibility of the receiving fire department. FFP has a higher screening priority than FEPP, and is generally in better condition than FEPP. So, while FFP bears a little more cost for the fire department up front, it also can provide them with some equity they can utilize to eventually recoup much or all of that cost.
A physical inventory of all FFP is required biennially to ensure program guidelines are being followed until the title is transferred to the department.
Pickups are no longer available. 5 ton trucks remain available, but the M939 series is essentially gone, and we are now starting to issue the FMTV/LMTV series trucks. Any new requests for 5 ton trucks may be filled with either model, depending on what is available when we get to that request.
For more information, you can contact Eric Ward, Excess Property Manager/Fire Planning Specialist.
Equipment Donation Program (EDP)
Kansas Forest Service hosts the Kansas Equipment Donation Program (EDP). Updates to the Kansas Tort Claims Act in recent years provide civil immunity for government entities or their employees who donate used equipment for use by other fire departments. Items donated to KFS will be inventoried, evaluated to determine if they are usable, and/or cost-effective to test or refurbish will be made available at no cost to emergency service organizations in Kansas only.
Items such as SCBA or other life-sustaining items will be tested by an authorized service technician to ensure that they work to the standards at the time they were manufactured. Bunker gear will be evaluated to determine if they are still functional as designed. Most will not be the latest model, but will be intact, Nomex or other compliant fabric, with reflective trim and an intact vapor barrier.
Other items, like vehicle equipment, hose, lights, sirens, radios nozzles, EMS equipment, rescue tools and more have been received and distributed through the EDP in the years it has been in operation.
We will accept items that would be of benefit to a fire department, which are serviceable, or could be made serviceable. We can pick up donated items if appropriate. We reserve the right to appropriately dispose of any donations which are obsolete, non-compliant, or unserviceable.
Departments can pick up any needed items at the KFS State Office in Manhattan at no charge. Monitor this page for updates to the list of available items, understanding that any item listed may have already been issued out since publication. Always call first, or e-mail Eric Ward to verify the availability of equipment prior to making a special trip. We must also reserve the right to limit the amount or number of donations to any single department, as there are many in need, but we will make every reasonable effort to meet each department's needs.
The list of available equipment below is updated regularly, but may not reflect current stock. For more information, or to verify current stock you can contact Eric Ward, Excess Property Manager/Fire Planning Specialist.