Returns to the Great Basin Cache should be made in the most expeditious manner available based upon cost. Substantial savings and maximum support can be achieved by prompt return of supplies and equipment to the nearest cache upon demobilization.
Some items are expendable when used and should not be returned (i.e. disposable mess gear, canteens). Items that can be reused should be examined after the incident. If items are reusable or economically repairable, then they should be returned to the cache. Items returned are refurbished as defined within the National Fire Equipment System (NFES) Operating Procedures and become field ready for the next shipment.
All returns must be identified with the following to ensure proper accountability:
- Returning Agency
- Incident Name
- Incident Number
Accountable property (i.e. pumps, chainsaws) is usually in short supply and must returned to the cache as soon as an incident or the need is over. If this property is destroyed or lost, written notification must be provided to the issuing cache. Repair tags will be affixed to all power equipment. If equipment does not operate in a satisfactory manner, write the problem on the repair tag.
Hazardous material shipments are regulated by the Department of Transportation (49 CFR Part 172). Returns containing hazardous materials must comply with shipping requirements. Noncompliance may result in civil penalties of up to $10,000 assessed to the individual shipping the hazardous materials.
Communication Equipment must be returned to the National Incident Radio Support Cache (NIRSC) at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) as soon as an incident or the need is over. Ensure contents are packed properly so that they will not be damaged in transit. Accountable property reports are included in communication kits. Use these reports as necessary to report damaged or lost equipment.
First Aid Kits (NFES Number 1760, 100 person) and First Aid Stations (NFES Number 1835, 200+ person) are maintained by the cache in Missoula, MT. Each kit contains shelf life dated items. It is imperative that kits be returned to the cache in Missoula, MT periodically for servicing and reissue. The required servicing date is indicated on the kit. To ensure viability of contents, it is recommended that kits be returned to the cache in Missoula, MT at the end of each fire season.