CAL FIRE's Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program

The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is committed to utilizing certified Small Businesses (SBs) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs) in our procurement endeavors. CAL FIRE recognizes that allowing certified SBs and DVBEs the opportunity to participate in state procurement efforts means local tax dollars are channeled back into local communities, which continuously stimulates California's economy. CAL FIRE’s SB/DVBE Program, alongside its departmental buyers, are dedicated to meeting and/or exceeding the mandated 25% SB and 3% DVBE requirements as outlined in Executive Orders D-37-01, D-43-01, and S-02-06.

Benefits of Registering as a SB and/or DVBE
Having one or multiple certifications can benefit your business as the state of California provides preferences and incentives to certified vendors when submitting bids on solicitations for goods and/or services. Registering to be a certified SB and/or DVBE brings significant visibility to your business through the State’s online marketplace, Cal eProcure (Coming soon). This platform is where State buyers go to locate certified SBs and/or DVBEs and where State entities (including CAL FIRE) advertise solicitations for goods and/or services.

Helpful Hints
Getting certified is free of charge and can be done online by visiting the Department of General Services' Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (OSDS) webpage.. For an educational video on certification instructions, please view the Department of General Services' “Small Business Certification” video.

To locate current CAL FIRE solicitations, go to Cal eProcure and enter “3540” in the Department field. You do not have to hold an active certification/registration to search for solicitations or create a vendor profile in Cal eProcure.

To see upcoming CAL FIRE solicitations and projects, please refer to our Look Ahead Report.

Contact the CAL FIRE SB/DVBE Advocate
Do you have questions regarding getting certified, CAL FIRE Programs, the Prompt Payment Act, or general CAL FIRE acquisitions inquiries? The CAL FIRE SB/DVBE Advocate is the perfect resource.

Direct:
Amanda Blackwell
SB/DVBE Advocate 
(916) 323-0470 
SBDVBE.advocate@fire.ca.gov

Mailing:
Attn: SB/DVBE Advocate 
Business Services Office 
P.O. Box 944246 
Sacramento, CA 
94244-2460

Information Technology:
Ron Godfrey 
Senior Staff Information Systems Analyst 
(916) 324-3385 
Ron.Godfrey@fire.ca.gov

Services and Commodities

Common commodities acquired by CAL FIRE include, but are not limited to:

  • Automotive Supplies (parts, tires, etc.)
  • Hardware Supplies
  • Badges
  • Janitorial Supplies
  • Chain Saws and Associates Supplies/Parts
  • Land Surveying Equipment
  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • Law Enforcement Protective Equipment
  • Construction Supplies
  • Office Supplies (to include toner)
  • Copiers
  • Sack Lunches
  • Emergency Medical Supplies
  • Telephone Systems
  • Fire Arms and Associated Supplies/Parts
  • Various Hand Tools

 

Common services acquired by CAL FIRE include, but are not limited to:

  • Automotive Repair
  • Janitorial
  • Consulting
  • Portable Toilet/Hand Washing Station Rental
  • Forestry Related Research Studies/Projects
  • Record Destruction (Shredding)
  • General Construction
  • Recycling
  • Geographic(al) Information System(s)
  • Sanitation Septic Services
  • Hazardous Waste Removal
  • Security
  • Heavy Equipment Rental/Operation
  • Shop Supply/Coverall Rental
  • Hotel/Motel Accommodations
  • Water Testing