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Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program rules (DoD-FFP)

Summary and Rules for the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program (DoD-FFP)


The Department of Defense's Firefighter Property Program (DoD-FFP) is a program where firefighters can acquire excess property to be used for firefighting and emergency services. Certain property obtained from this program passes ownership after it has been in use for a specified period of time. This program is managed by the Forest Service with cooperation of the State Forestry Agencies.

General guidelines: 

  • All DoD-FFP must be put into use for firefighting or emergency services.
  • Ownership of DoD-FFP will pass to the state or firefighting agency upon the cooperator taking possession of the equipment (such as removing or having the equipment removed from a DRMO.)
  • DoD FFP must be accounted for from acquisition to assignment.
  • Before DoD-FFP may be sub-loaned or transferred by the State Agency, a current FEPP/DoD-FFP cooperative agreement must be in effect between the State and the cooperating fire department/district. A fire department or district must meet certain eligibility requirements to have DoD-FFP property.
  • The local state district or region may administer DoD-FFP property for local fire departments/districts.


  • Fire departments/districts can acquire DoD-FFP property by working with the Michigan DNR, Forest Resources Division in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Certain types of equipment may not be acquired, as outlined in the FEPP Desk Guide.


  • DoD-FFP property must be put into use for firefighting and/or emergency services.
  • DoD-FFP must be painted to cover all military markings or obvious military patterns.
  • Guidelines are available on the FEPP and DoD-FFP program page
  • No personal use of DoD-FFP is allowed.
  • DoD-FFP property that cannot be put into use for fire or emergency services shall be reported, in writing, to the State agency. Inoperable items may then be disposed of according to the state agency direction.


  • DoD-FFP records may be reviewed by the Forest Service or DNR while conducting a FEPP review or on a technical assistance visit.
  • Any violations of DoD-FFP program rules and regulations must be immediately corrected.
  • Repeated or major violations of the program rules can result in loss of acquisition privileges or complete program termination.