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Salt Lake Interagency Fire Cache (SLIFC)

The Salt Lake Fire Cache is managed by Gary Ravenberg (WCF). The fire cache will be staffed to meet demand during the fire season. Cache employees are available to assist with ordering and distributing supplies to large fires. When a fire goes beyond the Type 3 phase, orders should be filled through the Great Basin Cache so as not to deplete the local cache. The Salt Lake Cache’s primary mission is to support initial attack, local extended attack (up to Type 3) and prescribed fire incidents.

District Caches

District Fire Caches will maintain tools and equipment to maintain initial attack operations and outfit seasonal firefighters. District Caches will not be used to supply large incidents beyond initial attack stages.

Great Basin Cache

Type 1 and 2 Teams may be authorized to order supplies directly from the Great Basin Cache. Exceptions to this are accountable property such as radios, portable weather stations, portable repeaters etc. These items will be processed through normal dispatch ordering procedures. The hosting unit will be asked to authorize teams to order direct.

Local Purchases

Dispatchers with micro-purchasing authority may use this authority to secure hotel rooms, meals and incident related supplies until expanded dispatch, a buying team or agency purchasing agent takes over incident procurement.

Blanket Purchase Agreements

Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA’s) have been set up by USFS, BLM, and State units in the dispatch zone. Dispatchers are authorized to use these agreements for fire purchasing until a buying team or agency purchasing agent takes over incident procurement duties. Copies of these BPA’s are available in the agency provided Service and Supply Plans. If a BPA exists dispatchers should not use purchase cards to pay for services to prevent double payment of a vendor.


Only the designated aircraft dispatcher can process orders for aircraft. Dispatchers will ensure aircraft are launched with frequencies, coordinates and assurance that military airspace has been properly deconflicted. In boundary areas, dispatchers will ensure the checklist in the Airspace Boundary Management Plan has been completed and proper procedures are followed.

Aviation Frequencies

Refer to the Great Basin Supplemental Aviation Communications Plan for aviation frequencies. Dispatchers are authorized to assign additional frequencies per the direction provided in the plan. These frequencies are for initial attack. Extended attack incidents should request additional frequencies through the dispatch system.

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